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‘Taxpayer friendly’ attitude helps

February 10, 2013

By KEITH and CYNTHIA AHLSTROM We have been homeowners in the city of Dunkirk for the past 36 years, and have made significant improvements to our home through the years....

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Feb-10-13 6:29 AM

Looks like your ex-colleague still has an ax to grind. Hopefully Caflish's deliberate & immature actions catch up to him someday.

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Feb-10-13 8:44 AM

I'm surprised during the closing process on the demolished adjacent house, the tax situation wasnt found out.

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Feb-10-13 10:09 AM

Call 2 on your side and let the tax department answer on TV bet Caflish's won't be so cocky then!

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Feb-10-13 12:42 PM

Although I have not been a resident of the D&F area for the past twenty years, I grew up there and lived and worked there until I took a job and moved out of state at age thirty. I love our area, but I must tell you, I become more and more disenchanted each time I come up for a visit. I can't help but notice that many people have a negative attitude, and this Caflish(sp?) epitomizes that. Here we have folks with a great attitude who are doing something to improve the area and neighborhood and instead of being reinforced in a positive way, they are humiliated and made to look like irresponsible dead beats. What's worse, when a simple apology would do, they are given a flippant, disrespectful response. Negativity is not tolerable from those who work for us.

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Feb-11-13 2:54 PM

When one buys a property, one knows that taxes are pro-rated and must be paid by the buyer. Ignoring the unreceived tax bill for two years and then blaming it on the tax department, especially for a legislator that knows how the system works, is just ridiculous. Where was your attorney through the sale process Mr. Ahlstrom?

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Feb-11-13 3:36 PM

The tax department handles thousands of tax bills every year. They can not be held responsible for making sure that every real estate attorney has done his job properly. Mr. Ahlstrom feels that the tax department's attitude is flippant because he didn't like the answer. If he had gotten the answer he wanted, they would have appeared polite.

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Feb-11-13 3:42 PM

First they blame the previous owner for not forwarding the bill. Then they blame the tax office for not sending a bill with notice of amounts past due. Did they notify the tax agency of the address issue or just wait for them to figure it out? Most agency computer systems are antiquated. Current bill processing is often a separate function from delinquent bill processing. Why? usually because different people handle those areas.

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Feb-11-13 6:24 PM

The real problem is government's insatiable appetite for money. There are some people who are out of work or illness prevents them from working but they are on the same list with thousands of others who are considered to be dead beats. The real problem is an insensitive and greedy government.

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Feb-11-13 6:33 PM

Always remember that if you have a mortgage, the bank collects and pays your property taxes. Those that pay their own taxes as a rule have no mortgage and theoretically are better off financially.

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Feb-15-13 1:12 PM

How few readers see this story as troubling as concerns local government and bureaucracy. "If it isn't my problem, it's not a problem" seems to be the attitude. Until ... it is your problem. Then you're alone.

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