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Town of Sweden's Lavish Tax Breaks Raise Everyone’s School Taxes

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Every time Sweden Town Assessor Tony Eaffaldano grants a 485-B Business Tax Exemption, everyone else in the Brockport School District has to pay higher school taxes.

That goes for everyone in the school district, no matter where they live, not just the people who live in the Town of Sweden.

If you live in Clarkson, Hamlin, or anywhere else in the school district, you have to pay higher school taxes every time Eaffaldano grants a 485-B Business Exemption.

That’s because every time Eaffaldano grants a 485-B Business Tax Exemption, it lowers the school tax bill for that property. So his decisions affect everyone in the school district.

Taxpayers throughout the Brockport School District pay higher taxes when Eaffaldano grants a 485-B Tax Exemption to Abbott's Frozen Custard, Classy Chassy Car Wash, Lakeside Quality Building, Lowe's, Sonbyrne Sales (gas station), Tim Horton's, and WAL-MART.

The following data is taken from a document titled, 2013 Business Exemption Calculations – USING FULL VALUE ASSESSMENTS. The document is from Sweden Town Assessor Tony Eaffaldano's office, and was released by the Sweden Town Clerk in response to a FOIL Request.

In 2013, Eaffaldano granted 485-B Tax Exemptions worth $5,378,070.00.
This cost the Brockport School District $133,376.14 in lost revenue.

Seven properties in the Town of Sweden have 485-B Tax Exemptions and those tax exemptions last for 10 years, at a declining rate.

Since the tax exemptions were granted in different years, they affect school tax revenues for the 2004 – 2018 school years.

For the 2004 – 2018 school years, the 485-B Tax Exemptions granted by Sweden Assessor Tony Eaffaldano are worth $5,378,070.00.

That’s more than 5 million dollars.

For the 2004 – 2018 school years, the 485-B Tax Exemptions granted by Sweden Assessor Tony Eaffaldano cost the Brockport School District $1,417,823.44 in lost revenue.

That is almost one and a half million dollars in lost revenue, which means that all the other taxpayers in the Brockport School District have to pay higher school taxes to make up the shortfall.

Taxpayers in the Brockport School District might want to pay closer attention to the way Sweden Assessor Tony Eaffaldano raises their taxes.

Here’s the list of properties that got the tax exemptions that lowered their school taxes.

Abbott's Frozen Custard
4599 Lake Rd
2013 School Tax Exempt Amount: $8,760.00
2013 School Tax Reduction: $217.25.00
2009-2018 School Tax Reduction: $1,991.44

Classy Chassy Car Wash
4653 Lake Rd
2013 School Tax Exempt Amount: $11,500.00
2013 School Tax Reduction: $285.20.00
2004-2013 School Tax Reduction: $15,686.00

Lakeside Quality Building
5954 Brockport Spencerport Rd
2013 School Tax Exempt Amount: $61,035.00
2013 School Tax Reduction: $1,513.67
2006-2015 School Tax Reduction: $27,750.58

Lowe's
300 Owens Rd
2013 School Tax Exempt Amount: $2,100,000.00
2013 School Tax Reduction: $52,080.00
2009-2018 School Tax Reduction: $477,400.00

Sonbyrne Sales (gas station)
5550 Brockport Spencerport Rd
2013 School Tax Exempt Amount: $177,775.00
2013 School Tax Reduction: $4,408.82
2008-2017 School Tax Reduction: $48,497.02

Tim Horton's
6573 Fourth Section Rd
2013 School Tax Exempt Amount: $21,000.00
2013 School Tax Reduction: $520.80
2004-2013 School Tax Reduction: $28,644.00

WAL-MART
6265 Brockport Spencerport Rd
2013 School Tax Exempt Amount: $2,998,000.00
2013 School Tax Reduction: $74,350.40
2009-2018 School Tax Reduction: $817,854.40

Isn’t it puzzling that the members of the Sweden Town Council aren’t even aware that the Sweden Town Assessor, who works for them, grants these tax exemptions to ice cream joints, car washes, coffee shops, and gas stations?

Isn’t it even stranger that the Sweden Town Council opposes the 421-m tax exemption for the historic property at 60 Clinton Street, when granting the 421m tax exemption will put the property back on the tax rolls, increase school tax revenues, and lower everyone’s school taxes?

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New Code Enforcement Officer: According to Brockport Mayor Margay Blackman, the Village has hired a new Code Enforcement Officer. His name is David J. Miller, and he worked for the City of Lockport for 6 years as a building inspector. He is young (early 30s), has served in the Marines, and has a background in the construction trades. Miller starts on March 3rd.

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