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December 27, 2013

Of Interest: Dec. 27, 2013

AuSable Town Council to wrap up 2013

KEESEVILLE — The AuSable Town Council will hold its year-end meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at the Town Hall, 111 AuSable St. in Keeseville.

The meeting is open to all.

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Mandated STAR exemptionre-registration deadline nears

PLATTSBURGH — With the deadline fast approaching, state and local officials are urging homeowners to sign up for the STAR property-tax exemption.

Homeowners who are receiving the Basic STAR exemption are required to register with the New York State Tax Department for their exemption.

The deadline is Dec. 31.

Those receiving the Basic STAR exemption save about $700 per year in property taxes.

Online registration can be done on the Tax Department’s web site at www.tax.ny.gov.

Senior citizens receiving Enhanced STAR do not have to sign up through this state site.

For those with questions, you can call 518-457-2036.

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Gas prices rise, but better 2014 costs predicted

NEW YORK — Average retail gasoline prices in New York have risen 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.64 a gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 6,118 gas outlets in New York.

This compares with the national average, which has increased 2.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.23 a gallon, according to GasBuddy.com. 

Including the change in gas prices in New York during the past week, prices Sunday were 5.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 6.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average has decreased 2.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 0.9 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

“Motorists hitting the road for Christmas travel are cringing as gasoline prices have picked up with the best now behind us,” GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said in a news release.

“While prices will advance, I don’t expect it to last too long — January and February generally also feature relatively low gasoline prices.

“And while motorists aren’t looking forward to the higher prices, they may take some solace in our expectation that gasoline prices in 2014 should average lower than they will after 2013 is complete.”

Americans should be able to spend less on a yearly basis in 2014 than they did this year, DeHaan said.

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