Judi McCarthy, Hinsdale Central School District superintendent, said news of the $36,000 loss of property taxes from the Buffalo rail line comes after the district has already begun preparing for its 2007-08 budget.She
noted the school district also lost more than $50,000 a year when the east-west rail line was taken off the tax rolls six years ago.That combined $90,000 a year is the equivalent of two teachers, she
added. Ms. McCarthy
said the proposal by the Western New York & Pennsylvania would be more credible if the railroad was not asking for the tax abatement on the east-west line to be extended for six years past September 2008, the date when a 33 percent payment in lieu of taxes was due to begin.