Tonawanda News

Letters to the Editor

May 21, 2007

READER LETTERS: Our readers speak May 21

A few more words of thanks

On behalf of Community Missions, I would like to thank all of the many donors who made our recent fundraising activity a huge success.

I recently reported that all food and financial donations received during the months of March and April up to a total of $50,000 would be eligible for a percentage match by the Feinstein Foundation; a grass-roots philanthropic organization dedicated to fighting hunger. Well, you did it! The Mission collected funds and food during these two months enabling it to receive the maximum match available. Your gift means more now than ever. It allows the Mission to serve that many more meals to the hungry and provide so many varied needs of the homeless and those in crisis. Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

Mark your calendar for the Community Missions Golf Classic which will be held on Sept. 24 at the Niagara Falls Country Club. 

Mary M. LeFevre, Board of Directors Community Missions

Suspend the AES PILOT

Was not the original deal in order to determine “tax certainty” for AES the issue of dropping the assessment lawsuits?  

Why should Niagara County take them off the tax roll if they have not met the original bargain and withdrawn in their entirety their assessment lawsuit claims for three taxing years. By holding those open they can go back and continue to hold the county and town hostage with those lawsuits. 

With AES off the tax rolls, neither the county or the school can go back in time and reclaim the tax revenue lost if the appeals go in the county’s favor. 

If AES attorneys insist on keeping their lawsuits on the books pending the PILOT litigation, then there is no certainty for the county, town or school which was a primary reason given for accepting the PILOT. 

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