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May 11, 2013

Dear editor: I first read “tax appeals” in the Warren County Guide where it appeared as a full page “letter” to Commissioner Bortz and the voting public urging them to put pressure on Commissioners......

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May-11-13 1:39 AM

It is difficult for me to wrap my pea-brain around justifications to tax institutions that since 1862(Rouse)and 1900 (WGH) have been tax exempt. Have we been wrong regarding their taxation over a century? So who should be responsible for a hundred (plus) years of blunder? Perhaps the county should be taking legal steps to retrieve the losses from commissioners, past and present.

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May-11-13 1:39 AM

Excellent letter, plenty of facts.

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May-11-13 11:53 AM

It is difficult for me to understand why we eliminated segregation. After all it had been around for well over a hundred years. Things change. I'd ask what does the Rouse provide that most other Nursing Homes don't provide? Chautauqua County I've been told is desperately trying to sell their nursing home to a private provider. The Hospital has it's own issues. It pays executive staff enormous salaries and it vastly overstates it's charitible care by quantifying it based on a base pricing model that no one actually pays. The letter writer in an earlier this week letter provided another example. Once again the Hospital could have taken the lead and made an immediate good faith offer of payment in lieu of taxes that would have acknowledged their considerable use of government resources but saved them from the full tax bite as hopefully the County would have acknowledged their partial social mission. CONT

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May-11-13 11:55 AM

They missed that opportunity believing that they could once again as they have in the past,shape the outcome but this outcome won't be shaped in public or behing closed doors in Warren County. It will be shaped by a Judge applying the law, without any ties or connections locally.

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