Amherst IDA must stop fleecing the taxpayers
The rich get richer through the Amherst Industrial Development Agency and the middle class gets to pay more taxes. Tax breaks totaling $992,000 for a local dental surgeon represent 18 percent of his expansion project on Kensington Avenue in Amherst. How many of us would like to build a house and get an 18 percent free ride on the taxpayers?
This project was not supported by the local community. The Shatkin First organization said it would create five full-time and two part-time jobs. That is approximately $165,000 per job for six jobs, no matter how the attorney spins the idea there could be more jobs in the future.
Why doesn’t the government just take the $992,000 and repair our roads? That would create more than six jobs.
The Buffalo News article stated that the board approved the $992,000 with little debate. I wonder how many of these board members belong to the same country club with the Shatkin owners and their attorney?