property taxes

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With many Buffalo seniors worried about the impact of the new property re-assessment program on their taxes, the Common Council is moving to cover the entire city with a new tax break.

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A televised debate Wednesday evening started with a fight over the difference between the tax rate and the tax levy, and eventually turned into an argument about PhotoShopped photos used in campaign ads. The campaign for Erie County Executive has been getting progressively rougher as Election Day approaches.

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There did not appear to be any support for City of Buffalo plans for a massive change in property assessments during a crowded public meeting Thursday night.

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Priorities, spending, taxes, the future home of the Buffalo Bills, economic development and the red/green budget. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and county legislator Lynne Dixon squared off at Hilbert College Wednesday night in their first debate.

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The City of Buffalo mailed new property assessments to every homeowner, along with estimated new property tax bills for 2020. With them came concerns, fear and anger. A lot of people showed up for a meeting at the Central Library Thursday night to ask questions...and maybe vent.

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Majority Democrats passed the Erie County budget they wanted Thursday, with a lot of new spending and a tax cut. That is because the county is awash in cash, particularly because sales tax revenue is so far above expectations.

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There's increasing concern around Buffalo about the effects of reassessment on property tax bills. The issue drew a large crowd Monday night to First Presbyterian Church in Allentown, including homeowners who are facing retirement and who are on fixed incomes.


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Rochester businessman, philanthropist and former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano has launched a new campaign to achieve fair property taxes in Upstate New York. His campaign also provides homeowners an opportunity to join a class action lawsuit.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is blasting the Trump Administration's federal tax proposal, saying it will cost New Yorkers more than $17 billion.

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Governor Cuomo is targeting property taxes as he moves to force local governments to spend less money by making them more efficient and consolidated. The Governor outlined his plans Thursday at The Meeting House in Williamsville.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing a plan that he says could cut property taxes in New York — by requiring county leaders to develop a cost-cutting plan and letting voters decide whether it’s a good idea.


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The office of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has completed a review of the 2017 budget being proposed for the City of Lockport.

It's no surprise: Taxpayers living in New York state are subject to some of the highest rates in the country.

No one pays more state and local income taxes out of a paycheck than New Yorkers do, according to recent data from the Tax Foundation. The state also ranks fourth overall in property tax collections.

With that, one might be quick to think that complaining about the state's tax burden is a given. But not always.

Property taxes are based on an assessment of that property. On this week's previously-aired edition of...You and the Law, Mike Desmond talks with attorney Peter Alan Weinman about challenging that tax assessment.

Buffalo to begin new round of property assessments

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The City of Buffalo is preparing to embark on its first property assessment in five years. The process is expected to take about two years and, in 2017, some property owners may see a tax increase.

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Property taxes are based on a property assessment. On this week's edition of You & The Law, WBFO's Mike Desmond talks with attorney Peter Alan Weinmann about challenging that tax assessment.

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A pair of tax rebate plans will begin benefiting New York State homeowners in September.

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Lawmakers were hurrying late Monday to complete work on the state budget before the midnight deadline, but the spending plan is not without some controversy.

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Homeowners in Western New York should have received a letter in recent days urging them to register for the Basic STAR program. The Cuomo administration calls it an effort to cut fraud and save taxpayer dollars.