Two sides to the coin
Interesting conversation in Council chambers between lawmakers and Marty Kennedy, the city's Assessment Commissioner, about tax breaks.
Niagara District Councilman Dave Rivera: "There's quite a lot of building in the city where big developers get tax breaks, and the burden is on the small businesses, who don't get the tax breaks. The small businesses have an unfair burden."
Kennedy: "It's not just the small businesses that pick up more of the tax burden, it's every taxpayer."
Rivera: "We all applaud when the big developers come in, but it all comes down to taxpayers. They don't realize we are paying for it. I understand the need, but I think when we give them 10, 15- year breaks, it does come back to bite us sometimes. It's something we need to be cognizant of."
Kennedy: "But the argument is developers come in and buy long-dormant commercial buildings and make them mixed use. They get a tax break. We pay for it, however, the argument is if the tax break was not available, that building may stay dormant. In essence it can be argued it is a catalyst for the resurgence we see."
Purple Peruvian Potato: Part 2.
Some more info on that Latin American restaurant with Peruvian potatoes.
Before coming to the Council for its approval, the new restaurant owners met with the Allentown Association, which helped set some ground rules to avoid some of the noise issues that sometimes irritated neighbors when prior restaurants operated at the 153 Elmwood Ave. property. The new restaurant won't be allowed to have parties or private events in the parking lot, which be used exclusively for parking. The outdoor cafe will close at midnight. The restaurant will close at 2 a.m.
THIS WEEK'S POLL - Please vote if you haven't already, but only one vote per person
The Common Council seems determined to have a bigger say when it comes to Buffalo schools. Given that theme, this week's City Hallways poll question is education related. Poll is up all week. Results will be posted Monday.
Today's Calender Items
Groundbreaking for $40 million expansion of Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino.
Council Education committee meets this afternoon.
In today's Buffalo News and buffalonews.com, I have article on the latest goings-on with the Joe Mascia story.