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September 4, 2013

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Tonawanda News — But Zeisz argued the council members already know where they stand on the issue. 

“If we don’t know (now), we never will, this has been going on so long,” he said, noting that the council is still officially a five-member body and will need the same number of votes to pass the contract for the housing development off of Little League Drive. 

Holler also said the city should transfer a portion of the 16.94-acre property in question to the school district. At an informational meeting about the plans held last week, a district representative delivered a statement that said its officials have approached the city multiple times regarding an interest in four acres of land at the Little League Drive site.

“It is our desire to utilize the land for green space, practice fields, soccer fields and potentially an additional softball diamond for the children of the taxpayers who pay a full 100 percent of their taxes,” the statement reads.

The tax reference regards a stipulation in the agreement with Natale that allows the homes built to be classified as condominiums, which under state law are assessed at 60 percent of home values, meaning homeowners in the new development will get a 40 percent break on property taxes.

Holler argued the fields would be more of a benefit to the city’s children than the housing development.

The council also set a hearing for its next meeting Sept. 17 on the city’s intentions to abandon the entire length of Arthur Street from the Mill Street intersection, or abandon 165 feet of Arthur from the Fillmore Avenue intersection. 

“The purpose of the proposed abandonment is to return this street to the tax rolls of the City of Tonawanda and that such abandonment would be in the best interests of our city,” the resolution states. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley

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