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Connections: Tom Golisano on "Tax My Property Fairly" campaign

Jan 17, 2018

Do you feel your property tax assessment is fair? Do you understand how the process works? Maybe more importantly, if you want to challenge your assessment, do you know how to do it? 

Our guest is Paychex founder and local philanthropist Tom Golisano. He's back to talk about his efforts to make the system -- in his words -- more fair for property owners. He says right now, it's too difficult to challenge your assessment. He says the process is inconsistent, often opaque, there's too little time to make challenges, and it rarely works out for the property owner. 

Golisano has launched a new website called "Tax My Property Fairly" to help property owners, and he's calling for systematic change. We discuss his efforts and the property tax assessment process.

*Please see the below statement from City of Rochester Communications Director James Smith:

“The City has been working on a weekly basis with the development team, with RBTL as the primary point of contact for this project.  RBTL has communicated to us that they have been in constant discussion with all of their funders on the project status.  We would certainly welcome direct involvement and communication with Mr. Golisano as part of that development process.  His willingness to support this project is important and we remain grateful for his generosity.”