Golisano owns a home on Canandaigua Lake in South Bristol. He wants the Town of Bristol to help with the problem. According to Golisano, at any given time, 50 to 200 geese are on his lawn, making it unusable due to the fowl waste. Messenger Post Media is following this story and will have a complete report in Tuesday's Daily Messenger.
Paychex founder Tom Golisano is withholding his September school tax payment of $90,000 because of a geese problem.
Golisano owns a home on Canandaigua Lake in South Bristol. He wants the Town of Bristol to help with the problem. According to Golisano, at any given time, 50 to 200 geese are on his lawn, making it unusable due to waste.
Golisano has owned the home and the adjacent lots and another nearby property since 1999. His annual taxes are $132,000.
The waste problem presents a health hazard to people using the lawn and the lake, according to Golisano. He says he has tried to get rid of the birds, and consulted with a wildlife expert. Golisano says 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?"
"It seems logical to me that the town has a vested interest in maintaining property values to sustain its tax revenue and to also protect its citizens from a significant potential health hazard."
"People who have ponds on their property can impact the source of the problem by removing nests. I cannot do that on a public lake. Although controlling nesting would be a longer-term solution, it would require residents all around the lake to be involved and to get permits to remove the nests. That is more than one homeowner can coordinate."
"I am hoping that the town will take action to assist me in resolving this problem quickly so that my family and I can enjoy my property and not shift a major geese nuisance problem onto other homeowners."
"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."
Messenger Post Media is following this story and will have a complete report in tomorrow's Daily Messenger.