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Use of a controversial property tax exemption for commercial projects in Buffalo keeps growing, according to a new report by a government watchdog group that has criticized the way developers have used the lucrative program. The Public Accountability Initiative projected the total value of the 485-a tax break in Buffalo at $66.9 million between this year and the end of …

Buffalo

Buffalo officials are preparing to unveil a new – and likely more lucrative – property tax exemption program for real estate projects that would give city officials more control over incentives that could be narrowly tailored to fit a development's needs. Details of the new program are still being finalized. But Brendan Mehaffy, executive director of the Office of St…