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August 25, 2012

OUR VIEW: Cheers and Jeers

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JEERS:

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wants to make illegal immigrants eligible to receive government — that’s taxpayer supported — financial aid to attend college. Is he for real? They already pay lower college tuition, and now he’s trying to give away the entire farm. What about the struggling middle-class family that’s trying to put children through college but doesn’t qualify for aid under state rules? Why not give them a break? They’re the ones who are already paying into the system. Give them some return on their investment.

CHEERS: Niagara County generated $342,000 with last Saturday’s tax foreclosure property auction. That’s the difference after the $389,241 in back taxes is factored in. Not bad for 118 properties. Some property owners made last-minute payments to keep their homes off the docket, a win-win situation. These auctions are a last resort for governments, but they tend to work. Will the county actually see the $342,000? Probably not as some winning bidders typically change their minds. Still, it brought in some badly-needed money into the county coffers, and it serves as a reminder to get those taxes paid, as much as we dislike doing so.

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