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2015-02-26 / Front Page

Town extends tax deadline

by JENNIFER WATERS
Editor

The Town of West Seneca’s tax collection deadline has been extended to June 30 of this year, as approved unanimously by the Town Board at Monday night’s regular meeting.

This means that the town will be eligible to keep penalties that would normally be given to the county, according to Supervisor Sheila Meegan.

Town Clerk Jacqueline Felser said town taxes are typically due by Feb. 15. After this date, penalties are charged on the unpaid balance, increasing as time goes by.

In accordance with the Erie County Tax Act, on May 1, or within five days after, the tax roll is returned to the state commissioner of finance. The town can request to extend the time for collection and keep the penalties collected on payments made during May and June.

Last year, the tax penalty total collected by the town was $23,000, according to Felser.

Also during the meeting, resident Beverly Leising praised the Highway Department’s work in clearing snow throughout the winter months.

“I do think the Highway Department has done an excellent job on snow removal. Where are you taking this snow?” she asked.

The board echoed her praise, and Highway Superintendent Matthew English stated that the snow has been taken to the town’s compost site.

English also noted that there is a link on the town’s website for residents to report streetlight outages to New York State Electric and Gas. The outages have been a frequent complaint by residents in the past.

“At the last meeting it was brought up about the streetlights being out. On our website there is a link that will put you right to New York State Electric and Gas,” English said.

He said residents should report streetlight outages to the state and can access the link through the town’s site, www.westseneca.net, under the Highway Department’s page. Residents can also call NYSEG directly at 1-800-572-1131.

In another matter, the supervisor announced during the meeting that English has been chosen as the recipient of the 2015 J. Michael Duffett Memorial Award, presented each year to a coach or administrator whose contributions to amateur hockey in Western New York best exemplify the knowledge, teaching, love of the game and gentle humanity of Duffett.

English was recognized by the Buffalo Sabres at the Feb. 20 game against the New York Rangers.

“English has been heavily involved in various hockey programs throughout Western New York over the last 32 years, including 28 years as a coach in the West Seneca Hockey Association,” Meegan said. “He has also served as a coach for the Buffalo Regals, the Depew Saints, West Seneca High School and SUNY Buffalo State. English’s teams have routinely reached the New York State Championships and the USA Hockey Nationals.”

In other business, the board approved a title change for Lauren Masset, a recreation supervisor in the town. Her new title is youth service coordinator part time.

Meegan said Masset’s role within the town’s Recreation Department will not change and she will continue to act as the head of the department. The board action was done as a formality.

“We had to do that for our ability to collect under the grant,” she said, referring to recreation grants received by the town. “That title needs to be in our inventory for us to apply for those grants with the county.”

Resident Susan Kims lauded Masset’s work in the department to date.

“I thought that Lauren’s been doing a really great job. She’s been stepping up to the plate and doing anything we need,” Kims said.

Meegan also noted that the town is well on the way to finishing its application for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid for the November storm, under the direction of John Gullo, the town’s disaster coordinator.

“Our hopes for 75 percent reimbursement is looking very positive,” Meegan said.

The next meeting of the West Seneca Town Board will be at 7 p.m. Monday, March, 9 in Council Chambers, 1250 Union Road.

email: jwaters@beenews.com

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