Erie County Legislature on Franklin Street in Buffalo. January 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Erie County Legislature Extends Property Tax Deadline for Federal Employees

"It's a good policy decision to allow them a little bit of extra time."

February 07, 2019 - 4:10 pm
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BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) -The Erie County Legislature unanimously voted to give some relief to federal government workers by extending their property tax due date.

"We had asked for the county to draft a policy where federal employees affected by the government shutdown would get a 90-day reprieve on their property taxes," said Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon. "The bills are still coming in, but the paychecks aren't, so you still have to pay these bills. This gives them a little bit of a break, it gives them 90 more days to pay their property taxes, and when you look at what is coming down the pike in a week and a day, there might be another shutdown. Hopefully, we can provide these federal workers some relief."

There wasn't any resistance to this, according to Dixon, as she explained that of the legislators felt this was necessary. Legislator Jor Lorigo agreed with that assessment.

"I think everybody in the legislature recognizes the federal workers who were without pay may have dealt with some hardships while they worked and didn't get paid," said Lorigo. "It's a good policy decision to allow them a little bit of extra time."

Lorigo added that it's unfortunate these workers have to deal with this situation at all.

"I really haven't given too much thought to the federal shutdown; I know that I have personal friends that have been affected by it, and those are the people that I care about," he said. "I'm not going to weigh into the policy debate going on between the President and members of Congress, but it's the people on the ground that aren't getting paid who are suffering, and that should never be the case."

Dixon echoed Lorigo's sentiments, saying it's time for federal lawmakers to start coming together.

"What's concerning to me is when we watch what's going on in Washington D.C., and we hear a lot of rhetoric on both sides, and there doesn't seem to be the willingness to compromise or to sit down and just have some good conversation about how you resolve these issues," said Dixon. "That's unfortunate, and hopefully, between now and next Friday, they'll find a way to sit down and talk."

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