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Hamburg Supervisor Patrick H. Hoak says the Hamburg Industrial Development Agency is bringing revenue into the town by granting tax breaks to businesses.

The "pilot," or payment in lieu of taxes, typically applies to taxes over a 15-year period.

"They produce substantial tax revenue for the town," said Hoak, who is chairman of the IDA board of directors.

He said since 1994 five parcels of vacant land in the Ravenwood Industrial Park have been the subject of inducements to bring new companies to the town. If they had remained vacant, taxes for 15 years would have amounted to $225,869, he said.

"As new businesses their pilot tax payments will be $4,349,697," Hoak said.

About 51 percent of taxes are paid to the Hamburg and Frontier school districts and the rest is split by the town and Erie County.

Hoak also said about 230 new jobs have been developed with the new businesses.

He said the focus of the Hamburg IDA is on industry and not services. The agency typically does not provide tax breaks to businesses that would have located in the town without an inducement, such as medical facilities, chain stores, franchise restaurants and big-box retailers, the supervisor said.

"With our schools receiving 51 percent of the benefits that's why our school boards villages, town officials, citizens and business people all work together, volunteers without compensation, creating a Hamburg IDA board of directors that is thoroughly representative of our people and institutions," he said.

The Hamburg IDA is comprised of members of the Hamburg and Frontier school boards, representatives of the town and villages of Blasdell and Hamburg plus three citizen/business people.

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