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TOWN INCREASES EXEMPTIONS FOR ELDERLY 2 OF 3 SPEAKERS BACK HIKE IN W. SENECA INCOME LIMIT

The amount senior citizens can earn and still be eligible for a partial property tax exemption was increased by the West Seneca Town Board Monday night.

The exemptions are on a sliding scale from 50 percent to 20 percent, with the amount those 65 and older can earn in a year increased from $12,025 to $15,000 for a 50 percent exemption and from $15,625 to $18,600 for 20 percent.

The total amount of property exempt is expected to exceed $16 million under the higher income limits.

Three residents spoke at a public hearing, with Richard Tomaka saying the income levels should remain the same and Rita Muller and Frank Fitzpatrick saying they support the higher limits.

The board approved a special permit to allow Major Brands Products to operate a gas station at 2338 Union Road. It denied a special permit sought by Lawrence Daley to convert an existing structure at 1916 Union into a three-family home.

The board called a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 to consider updating its ordinance concerning peddling and soliciting.

The town wants to discourage such things as selling furniture or Buffalo Bills items out of the back of a truck at an intersection, Town Attorney James J. Kelleher said. It does not intend to regulate such things as garage sales, and the ordinance must be revised to draw that distinction, he said.

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