Billionaire Tom Golisano is at the end of his rope over goose poop on his lawn. Tennis pro Monica Seles' husband says he's tried everything to get rid of the birds, including tying up fishing line, spraying repellent, and even placing a wolf decoy. Nothing has worked.
Golisano says that when he and his family visit their vacation home there are often 100 – 200 Canadian geese on the lawn.
You can't walk barefoot, can't play Frisbee, can't have your grandchildren run around. ... Here I am paying all this money in taxes and I can't use my property because of the geese droppings.
Now Golisano, founder of the payroll company Paychex, is refusing to pay his taxes if something isn't done about the non-migrating birds. But the birds aren't the only thing upsetting Golisano. He believes many people living in upstate New York are being overtaxed on their properties. In fact, Golisano set up a website called TaxMyPropertyFairly.com to give citizens the tools to challenge their property taxes. He will also file a class action lawsuit.
Co-founder of the New York Independence Party and three-time candidate for governor, Golisano is no stranger to the inside of a courtroom. He once sued a remodeler who was working on his yacht for overcharging on furniture. Golisano won and was awarded $50,000, which he donated to the Golisano Autism Center being built nearby. The $50,000 was added to the $2.5 million he's already donated.
When asked why a billionaire would bother suing a contractor for $50,000, Golisano said:
It's the principle.
Billionaire Tom Golisano is withholding a $90,000 tax payment on his mansion until officials figure out how to make sure geese don't poop on his grass. "We'd drive in and find 100 to 200 geese parked on our lawn," he says. "You can't walk barefoot." https://t.co/wXTxIh3jVv— Fox 35 News (@Fox35News) February 5, 2018
"Billionaire Tom Golisano says he tried stringing up fishing line, spraying smelly repellent and even posting a wolf decoy, but nothing could rid his lakeside vacation home of the Canada geese that turned his lawn into a minefield of poop." https://t.co/N7ertJHXtS— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 5, 2018
Not everyone was feeling sympathetic toward Golisano:
Hold on everyone. I know I left the World’s Smallest Violin around here somewhere.— Bret Hyde (@BretHyde) February 5, 2018
Well I’m not going to pay Chevy for my car until they can guarantee a bird will never poop on it. 🙄 the fact that he’s able to “withhold” a tax payment is insane to me. If it was a regular person they’d be garnishing wages right away— Chug-Chug Pickles (@amberray34) February 5, 2018
But others could relate to the plight with the birds:
Canada Geese are in plague proportions in parts of NZ— Rick Morgan (@RichardMorganNZ) February 4, 2018
Thanks fro bringing this to our attention
Still others had suggestions, though we aren't sure how helpful they are:
Bummer. He should just sell it and find something a little less sh*tty— Micaela van Zwoll🦋 (@MicaelaVanZwoll) February 5, 2018
Oh for pete's sake, just get a good dog. It'll chase the geese off.— Elyse (@wraithfodder) February 6, 2018
Birds on a vacation home lawn? That's a problem most of us wouldn't mind having.