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FRONTIER GETS FREE USE OF $93,924 FOR A YEAR

The Frontier Central School District in the Town of Hamburg will have use of $93,924.46 belonging to Erie County for more than a year because of a mistake in the town assessor's office, according to a county tax official.

Joseph Machiewjewski, deputy county commissioner of finance, told county legislators Tuesday that the Hamburg assessor's office failed to computerize tax breaks granted by the Hamburg Industrial Development Agency to Georgia-Pacific Corp. in a timely fashion.

The county makes school districts whole for taxes that their tax receivers cannot collect and will pick up the $93,924.46, Machiewjewski said.

"This is what we do in Erie County," he said. "However, we will claim it back."

Georgia Pacific agreed in 1995 to relocate from Cheektowaga to a larger site in the Ravenwood Industrial Park in return for tax breaks totaling more than $2.7 million.

Machiewjewski said that an arrangement will be made for complete repayment from the Frontier School District by April 1, 1999. He said the Hamburg assessor's office has corrected its records and the county, which also makes good uncollected township taxes, will not have to cover the error again. The Legislature Finance and Management Committee agreed to accept correction of the assessment records.

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