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>Soos urges increase in veterans' tax break

North Tonawanda Mayor Lawrence V. Soos is urging the Common Council to approve a proposal that would give a tax break to veterans.

The measure, which is on the agenda for Tuesday's Common Council meeting, would raise the ceiling on exemptions on home values for North Tonawanda veterans.

"Having the recent opportunity to look at what other surrounding communities have done for their veterans on this issue, I believe that this should be the least we can do at this time to assist our veterans," the mayor said.

The exemption increase would put the city in line with the exemption granted to veterans by Niagara County and nearly in line with the City of Tonawanda, which offers a slightly higher ceiling.

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>Town IDA OKs extension of PILOT for printing firm

LOCKPORT -- The Town of Lockport Industrial Development Agency last week approved a five-year extension of a property tax break for Summit Print and Mail on Old Beattie Road.

The printing company, which specializes in direct-mail advertising, plans to build a 1,000-square-foot addition to a 3,000-square-foot plant. Its current payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, arrangement on that plant would have expired at the end of 2009; now it has been extended for five years after that and includes the value of the addition, Town Attorney Daniel E. Seaman said.

The company employs eight people, including general manager John Butcher and his wife. He told the board last month that his application promises one new job, but it said it could be one job per year if sales increase enough.

Also, the board decided to spend $2,000 to $2,500 to update the official map of the town industrial park, which was last revised in 1998. It will include an electronic version to be used in marketing efforts, Executive Director David R. Kinyon said.

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