Tonawanda News — Hither to Vishion’s questioning, town leaders were under the mistaken impression they were a sales tax-exempt entity. That no one in town government — not Wiles, town legal counsel, the board or Supervisor Anthony Caruana — figured out the mistake across the town’s various for-profit enterprises demonstrates some rather stunning ineptitude.
Now town taxpayers are on the hook for the back bill not just at the golf courses, but concessions at the town’s two sports arenas and on sales made at the Aquatic and Fitness Center for years, maybe decades.
The town has retained outside legal counsel to cut a deal with the state Department of Taxation and Finance. And it was only at Monday’s board meeting where approval of the legal fees raised eyebrows did any of this sorry mess come to light.
How much taxpayers in the town will have to pay to make up for this hack job remains unclear. But one thing is for certain: The town is going to have to sell a whole lot more hot dogs and beer at 19th hole on Brighton and Sheridan to make up for shanking this one into the woods.