Tonawanda News — The controversial condo designation again drew ire from some residents because homeowners will pay less in property tax — though they will be responsible for much of the upkeep of the property, including the upkeep of the roads and garbage pickup. The condo designation was intended as a bargaining chip for Natale, which will make the homes more attractive to potential buyers.
Again, the city didn’t follow the original RFP, which states that the city does not desire a homeowners’ association.
Residents and council members have opposed how the city went about negotiations, without composing another RFP. Others argue that the lower tax bill isn’t fair despite the homeowners’ association fee the residents will incur.
The city has yet to pass a contract between the two parties and the issue will likely linger into 2013, when a deal is finalized.The Tonawanda News is compiling its annual list of the top 10 stories of the year. Here's a look at the list so far: • 10: NHL lockout threatens season • 9: HSBC sells out to First Niagara • 8: Upscale eateries open in area • 7: Cuomo pledges "billion for Buffalo" • 6: Bills struggle despite landing Williams • 5: Canal Fest closing time controversy • 4: GM adds engine lines, 500 jobs • 3: Little League Drive development deal