Weekly Feature

2017-10-12 / Letters to the Editor

We deserve taxes that are fair

I am writing to The West Seneca Bee to warn others of what can happen if you are a property owner in West Seneca.

I have lived in West Seneca since 1967. West Seneca used to be a small, caring town where most people knew and helped one another. Now, it’s all about the money.

I have a small, three store/three tenant building, and I try to make it affordable for them to thrive and still have enough for maintenance, taxes, etc. It’s been a tough six months as my wife is in Erie, Pennsylvania, on a ventilator at a cost of $3,000 per day since our insurance ran out.

Meanwhile, the tax bill for my rental property went from $6,294.11 in 2015 to a staggering $12,654.90 in 2017. That is just the school tax. The town tax will increase as well, doubling from approximately $6,000 to $12,000.

Now, supposedly the town sent a letter informing me of my rate increase. I did not receive this, or I would have been all over the situation. You would think for that kind of an increase I would receive a registered letter or town official knocking on my door to make sure I was aware of this type of increase. I have called my attorney and was informed that is “how they roll.”

To summarize, the town will steal $12,000 from me, and I can arbitrate it next year for a possible reduction.

Over the years my family has dedicated much time and energy to the West Seneca community.

I, myself, am a former volunteer firefighter. My wife and I are very involved with both West Seneca high schools, as we have set up The Eric Laufer Music Scholarship Foundation in honor and loving memory of our son. We provide scholarships to local music students every year so that Eric’s dream of being a musician may be carried on through local students.

You would think maybe a town official might step up to help us in our time of need. Not asking for anything but a fair share.

Dave and Rita Laufer
Center Road

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