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Golisano tax campaign takes off

Upstate New York homeowners are among the highest taxed in the nation, and Tom Golisano is out to change that.

On Tuesday, the Paychex Inc. founder unveiled his “Tax My Property Fairly” campaign. The project gives property owners information and tools to determine whether they are taxed fairly, and if not, obtain a fair tax or a rebate. The campaign also urges input from property owners and the chance to join a class action lawsuit.

“We want to get the system fixed,” said Golisano, a western New York native who moved his primary residence in 2009 to Florida. He owns property in Mendon and on Canandaigua Lake in South Bristol.

Golisano said he expects to spend about “six figures” on the campaign with its online resources, marketing, and class action lawsuit on behalf of upstate taxpayers who sold their homes for less than assessed value — to try to help them recover some of the tax overpayment.

“I have resources I can utilize. The average person can’t do that,” Golisano said.

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