Golisano withholds $90K tax payment due to geese problem

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Tom Golisano, who owns a home on Canandaigua Lake, is withholding his September school tax payment of $90,000 because of a geese problem.

Golisano said at any given time, 50 to 200 geese are on his lawn, making it unusable due to waste. 

He has owned the home and the adjacent lots and another nearby property since 1999. His annual taxes are $132,000.

The waste presents a health hazard to people using the lawn and the lake, according to Golisano. He said he has tried to rid of the birds, and consults with a wildlife expert. Golisano said he will not kill the birds.

"I have always believed that government has a responsibility to protect people," said Golisano.  "We are not talking about a few geese who occasionally land for lunch. We are talking about up to 200 geese at a time that refuse to leave. If I am ever successful in getting them to leave, they will just become a nuisance for someone else. It's an untenable situation that has made my property unusable as it was intended thus reducing its value. Who wants a house on the lake if you can't go outside to enjoy the lake?"

"If the town cannot help, I will request a reassessment based on the property's lower value, a process I have successfully navigated for two other local properties through town board hearings and court cases. My home in Mendon was reassessed from $6 million to a more reasonable $1.9 million with taxes reduced from $200,000 to $60,000.  My daughter's home in Victor, was reassessed from $4.2 million to $1.3 million with annual taxes reduced from $100,000 to about $40,000."


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