Higher assessments unfair to homeowners near project
In February, we received our assessment notification on Britannia Drive in East Amherst with about a 30 percent increase in assessed value. Other residents in our neighborhood saw increases greater than ours.
In 2015, the voters approved a $27 million athletic field improvement project, adding synthetic turf, lighting, concessions and restrooms at Williamsville East, North and South.
Work began on the project at Williamsville East several months ago and it has not been a pleasant experience. Loud machinery and backhoes begin work at 7 a.m. and some days work until 7 p.m. It is noisy and has left a mess in front of properties bordering the fields. One of the residents remarked that he had 6 inches of clay-covered runoff in his yard. The residents of our neighborhood were never happy about this project and the negative impact it would have on our neighborhood, and we voiced our concerns at some of the Board of Education meetings.
Now the residents bordering the fields have a compromised quality of life and what most feel is an exorbitant increase in property value with increased taxes. Talk about the proverbial adding insult to injury.
Finally, I am skeptical of Superintendent Scott Martzloff’s claim that assessment increases don’t benefit the school district. I would challenge Martzloff and his team of experts for this project to visit the taxpayers on Britannia and Chasewood at the crack of dawn through dinner hour and see if these assessments warrant a 30 percent or better increase with mountains of dirt, backhoes and nonstop noise within 25 feet of our properties.