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Dealing With Huge Debt - Forestville Mayor Kevin Johnson

Apr 8, 2014|

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  1. Cong. Brian Higgins- NFL TV Blackout Tonight

    Thu, 28 Aug 2014

    Another game blacked out tonight for local Buffalo Bills fans. As the final pre season game did not sell out congressman Brian Higgins has been lobbying hard to end the blackouts is on the WB my congressman good morning. Are we gonna have to endure another season of this. Well hopefully. The single handedly equal recognize that the black oval it's unfair to fans support. I directly aimed directly to the tax dollars. That he mentally and by extension. When you know we talk to a couple of weeks ago with one of the FCC commissioners sheet to. Agree that the blackouts should end now with that said congressman. When do you think the FCC is going to take a vote on this. I think it will be your vote this September. nothing to eliminate the black couple then went into public comment period. And commissioner outcry came to buffalo to announce that he would support. An elimination of the FCC rule that requires cable companies to abide by the week's black out policy. That you can remind yourself like a policies mr. professional sport. You know all the teams can that be televised to the fast velocity two hours before the start thinking. So we you know we think it's a forty year old rule and all of the public comment has been taking there's no evidence to support. You know any financial loss on the part of civil war the certificates The question. When that they have and I think they've the FCC elimination of school. Will be a major step toward. And he missed like a policy altogether. cool does benefit from the blackout or initially when it when it. Went into place forty years ago who benefited. I guess the teams did because the teams with the writing most of their revenue from ticket that the longer the case now with television talent in advertising. They think these principles of marketing here reached frequencies so. You know why would lead one fans by not having. By blocking access attitude team because that's a big part. I'm building a loyal fan base success possible deals and making sure absolutely definitely has done. So I just think you know at the wanna be told what to do but when you consider the 75%. 75%. In the stadium improvements throughout the confined to protect our it seems to me that fans are being harmed by these antiquated policy. Had the Federal Communications Commission recognizes that and and believe in that it recognizes as well. You know on the issue of fans being harmed by this policy in the past two really be driven home here in buffalo congressman don't you think because. We are considered a small national football League City. And we have a stadium that's much bigger in capacity than other a big cities around the country and trying to. A sellout of pre season game is not that easy around here. That's director of the league average if for general feeling is that 67 dollars and Ralph Wilson Stadium currently. 73000. The 6000 more. Purging to a point black out. And but let you know as you know the figure this team's performance ahead to carry very loyal fan base. Can't and they also support. So the team through their tax dollars but forty adding to the economic depression or changing economics the NFL has changed. And then I get surprised with the NFL and for their own self interest. Has been limited to black out war altogether because when you really. You know do a thorough review update. There's no evidence to support the black don't rule is beneficial and there's clear evidence that is harmful analyst opinions but that is the team's bottom line so again I think it's the team whether it's legal ground at this. Sooner rather than later but I think this SEC rule elimination could be very very important in this and objectives. If the FCC does vote in September to end the black would it be immediate or is there another layer of votes that need. Need I need is somewhere else. The gonna have to come around this would this would remove the federal government's role in requiring cable companies to abide by black hole. So it wouldn't be eliminated altogether but we think it's a major major piece that one's that temple was eliminated this leak will be forced to. I'll look at you look at this old antiquated rule which goes back 1970. Tree actually. Congressman we're glad you could join us thanks for the update. Congressman Brian Higgins.

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Let's overlook the WB in line line and welcome our next guest he has the mayor of the village of forest -- New York you're in Western New York mayor Kevin Johnson. Mayor Johnson good morning thank you for joining us. You know most folks who aren't four protection -- Our throat and increase that amount to 23. Maybe 4% in extreme cases we've heard of 10%. But little village of forest -- something very unusual is going on tell our listeners and tell us about it. I'm sure. The village and in the year 2009. Had a demolition. That occurred I'm building collapsed in an entity for the safety -- debilitated. Them demolished building. And has the I mean is stuck with Connie -- You know bonded debt -- -- and -- -- it that way. On however bad year they decided that they weren't going to do there anymore and so. The village. And already taken -- figure out loan from the bank -- the demolition. And so now -- we've got a net that loan. In the course for the following years. -- I think a couple of different things we're trying to find the funding for that. That's 250000. Dollars. But debt would not successful and now the bill deal and in its entirety on nothing was ever paid down. On one net. Seen in default there was another. Note on another project that was. Due to be renewed and the bank because -- -- -- of the first -- they would they would not -- the second one. For 150000 dollars so now we're in default or 400000 dollars. Those are the two making factors that they're driving that. And and the bottom line -- mayors that the taxpayers in your village face a 445%. Village tax -- It's a one time one year I ordered to pay off these beast to -- owns and it's not a permanent. And tech site by any -- Mayor Johnson what are some of the folks in forceful saying about it. Com -- well I don't think anybody usually very happy about it. I'm I'm I'm the mayor but I'm output taxpayer. And I'm certainly trying to find the best way. To -- list. I think we we can maybe make it better but. It's it's still not going to be. You know very Clinton it's over Libya painful. Pick your pocketbook and. You know we expected it to grin and bear it I'm open minute PP yeah it's a -- Some help from somewhere but haven't really seen anything that it's going to be. Promising at this point. What -- hit is this to the average homeowner can you kind of help us understand us better what it would -- me because this translate. Well if you're normal tax -- they -- 50000 dollar house. -- near normal tax bill would be around 257. Dollars for the year comparability taxes. This year it will be around fourteen under which is a substantial increase. While it certainly is well. We'll check back with a assumed for an -- -- thank you for joining us this morning. Oh thank you that's the mayor of forest -- old York Kevin Johnson.

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