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Taxing battle

The battle over tax assessments is getting hot in the Southtowns. The latest OP BUS LOCAL NFTA BUS challenge to a commercial assessment was the Quaker Crossing plaza. The town and plaza owner Gerald Buchheit settled their assessment disagreement just before going to trial. The deal saves the landowner $120,000 and freezes the assessment for four years. As a result, the county, town and school district will receive less tax money.


M&T Bank is off to a fast start again this year making the most Small Business Administration-backed loans in the region. However, Five Star Bank lent more money with fewer loans under the program in October, the first month of the government's fiscal year. 


- Grove Potter



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