Niagara Gazette — Upward of $5 million dollars of city money has already gone to the housing authority in the last several years; money that increases the housing authority’s competition with taxpaying landlords. These are landlords who pay for the services of which the housing authority uses a disproportional amount in public safety and in other public services.
But it doesn’t end there. The expansive Main Street-front lawns of the Wrobel Towers were nearly a gift from the city when the authority asked for and then received city-banked property in a non-competitive bid. That property is now no longer on the tax rolls. And if memory serves, the lawn is now assessed at almost 50-times the price that the authority paid for it. It possesses sufficient space for the authority to expand and maintain its front parking lot and to use it for the same purposes that they want to use the city’s lot; but they want to use your money again, not theirs.
But it seems to me that the housing authority has taken on the same symbiotic relationship with the city that it has long had with its residents — each depending upon the other for its life and living.
Ironically, I noticed that relationship when I recently visited a 700-head dairy farm in Gasport. The young man whose family runs the farm explained to our group that they take very good care in the feeding and breeding of their dairy stock. That ensures the farms’ success. At this particular farm, he said that they don’t buy new cows; they breed their own calves on-site. One has to wonder if local authorities breed their own government officials, too, because they certainly feed them.
In addition to that, here is something else that I didn’t know. When a cow reaches maturity and is in the process of calving, she begins to produce milk. Afterward, for the next 10 years of her life, she doesn’t have to calve again to continue to produce milk for any calf or for that farmer. The farmer said that for as long as you keep milking her, she will continue to give milk; thus making the cow dependent upon the farmer for food and shelter; and, conversely, the farmer depending on the sale of the cows’ milk for his food and shelter.