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Homeowners making improvements in Cheektowaga may get tax break

Cheektowaga lawmakers want to offer a tax break to residents who improve their homes. The new law would authorize a partial tax exemption on the improved residential property after reconstruction or alterations.

The improved property must be a one-, two- or three-family residence, and the value of the improvement must exceed $10,000. The maximum permitted exemption cannot exceed $150,000. In addition, the property must be at least 5 years old.

The exemption does not apply to ordinary maintenance or repairs.

Cheektowaga councilmembers discussed the legislation that Supervisor Diane Benczkowski and Councilwoman Linda Hammer proposed.

Councilman James P. Rogowski asked if a driveway upgrade from blacktop to concrete would qualify as a home improvement. The driveway upgrade would be considered maintenance, he was told.

A public hearing to discuss the proposal is set for 7 p.m. June 27 at Cheektowaga Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

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