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Month: January 2020

Jan 2020

Burger Night blues: Bar Louie at Walden Galleria announces closing

There’s now one less alluring happy hour and cheap-burger option at the Walden Galleria. Bar Louie, a bar-restaurant chain open at the mall since 2008, announced its last day was Jan. 25, via its Facebook page. The Bar Louie corporation announced Monday that it had filed for bankruptcy and was beginning the process of putting …

Jan 2020

Erie County to issue corrections, refunds on 2020 tax bills

Erie County officials discovered a calculation error, so now they’re going to issue corrections to any impacted 2020 tax bills. According to a statement on Erie County’s website on Saturday night, Erie County residents will receive corrected tax bills, and people who overpaid on their taxes already will receive refunds. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz …

Jan 2020

Bed Bath and Beyond closes Cheektowaga store

Bed Bath and Beyond has closed its store in the Union Consumer Square in Cheektowaga, part of a downsizing effort by the home goods retailer that will shut 40 stores across the country during the first half of this year. The retailer still has four stores in the Buffalo Niagara region – in Niagara Falls, …

Jan 2020

Bill seeks to bar large retailers from using the ‘dark store loophole’ in property tax battles

With Brunswick embroiled in a lengthy dispute over the value of the Cook’s Corner Walmart, one Brunswick town councilor is trying to keep big box stores from locking other communities in similar property tax battles. “Big Retail and their army of lawyers and lobbyists have been using something called the ‘Dark Store Theory’ where they …

Jan 2020

NYC billionaire, Amherst spar over park at ‘zombie’ gas station site

New York City billionaire John A. Catsimatidis, whose United Refining Co. owns a deserted former gas station in Eggertsville, objects to the Town of Amherst’s plans to take over the property and convert it to a pocket park. Amherst has 41 parks, he argues: Why do they need 42? Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa – whose …

Jan 2020

Persistence Prep seeks to move into former P.S. 62 building

A two-year-old Buffalo charter school plans to relocate from its temporary rental space on Michigan Avenue to a boarded-up former public school building at the corner of Urban and Moselle streets, which it will redevelop into a permanent location for its K-8 program. Persistence Preparatory Academy Charter School is asking the city to approve a …

Jan 2020

Tax bill to drop for Southgate Plaza under settlement

The owner of Southgate Plaza in West Seneca will pay about $75,000 less in taxes under a settlement that ends a six-year-old challenge to the worth of the property. Southgate Associates agreed to drop its challenge to the assessment dating to 2014, and the Town of West Seneca, West Seneca Central School District and Erie …

Jan 2020

Market Value of New York Real Estate Shows Signs of Weakening

New York City assessors are flashing a warning sign about a slowing real-estate market—even though city property-tax bills continue to rise. Market values of existing New York homes, apartment buildings and commercial space rose at the slowest pace in six years, under a new assessment roll released last week. The annual assessments provides a valuation …

Jan 2020

WisDems: It’s time to close the dark store loophole

MADISON, WI – Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) offered the Democratic weekly radio address regarding the need to close the Dark Store loophole. “Imagine the lost revenue to municipalities and school districts if every large chain stops paying their share of property taxes. Individual homeowners would then pay more. When their property taxes go down, these …

Jan 2020

N.Y. STAR school tax relief program baffles, confuses homeowners

                    The more officials change the state’s property tax relief program the more confusing it becomes. And they always change it. That was the message from local property tax assessors who testified Tuesday before the Assembly Property Taxation Committee on the two-decade-old STAR or School Tax …

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