Board rejects Golisano's goose argument
SOUTH BRISTOL — The geese will continue to flock to billionaire Tom Golisano's Canandaigua Lake property — which will continue to be assessed at the same value.
The South Bristol Board of Assessment Review has ruled against Golisano's argument that the value of his $5.7 million home should be lowered because geese are pooping on the lawn, according to the South Bristol Town Assessor's Office.
Last month, Golisano asked the town to cut the assessed value in half, which would cut his property taxes.
Displaying a life-sized plastic goose, Golisano spoke before the South Bristol Board of Assessment Review on the town’s Grievance Day day for hearing disputes on property tax valuations. He told the board that frequent infestations of geese that sometimes numbered in the hundreds left vast amounts of droppings on his property and diminished his ability to use the property and therefore its value. He demanded that the town help keep the birds away or give him a corresponding break on his property taxes.
Golisano has withheld his latest property tax bill in protest. He said he would pay that bill only at the point of foreclosure, then withhold taxes again.
Golisano, who ran unsuccessfully three times for governor, moved to Florida to protest New York's high taxes.