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The Jefferson and St. Lawrence county offices of Real Property Tax Services will hold workshops to help homeowners with the new state requirement to register for the Basic STAR property tax savings.

Only 60 percent of homeowners in the two counties have registered for the exemption. The registration deadline is Dec. 31.

This is the first year in the 15-year-old program that homeowners must register directly with the state for the exemption. According to officials, the change was made to keep people from improperly registering multiple properties for the same exemption.

The Jefferson County workshop will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Watertown High School, 1335 Washington St.

The St. Lawrence County workshop will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Gouverneur Central School, 133 E. Barney St.

Residents also can register by phone at 518-457-2036 or online at www.tax.ny.gov.

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