The taxman cometh soon to a public meeting near you
The revaluation process that Buffalo started in 2010 is in its late stages. This week, the appraisal contractors announced they are about 95 percent done with all their data verification and collections.
The question on many people's minds will be: Can Buffalo property owners expect to pay more in taxes?
The appraisers – as well as personnel from the city's department of Assessment & Taxation – will address those kinds of questions and educate homeowners on what property revaluation means. For instance, just because an assessment goes up does not necessarily mean taxes go up.
The plan is to explain the reassessment process in public meetings at locations across the city. The list of meeting dates and locations is not available yet, but I'll keep you posted.
Blasts from the past
Get ready for some old-school fun at the third annual University United Festival.
Singer, songwriter, musician Lenny Williams will perform at the Saturday event. Williams was the lead vocalist for the funk band Tower of Power in the 1970s. Then he had several hit records as a soloist in the same decade.
Williams takes the stage at 4 p.m., followed by another old-school favorite that's not quite as old: Dru Hill.
The soul, hip hop and gospel music singing group was very popular in the 1990s and had several Top 40 hits. The group also performed at the 2016 Soul Train Awards.
The family-friendly festival – which will be held at the University at Buffalo's South Campus Rotary Field – also will feature rides, food, vendors and more.
The event kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. followed by the festival, which runs until 8 p.m.
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