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September 30, 2013

Town of Malone fights corporate challenges

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Court documents filed by Attorney Brian Stewart of the Malone law firm of Hughes, Stewart and Race state that the current assessment is $4,162,700, but the corporation didn’t contest it with the Board of Assessment Review because it wasn’t notified about the exemption loss.

Hewitt said she checked with the County Real Property Tax Service, which advised her that she had no obligation to make that type of notification.

This proceeding is part of the reason Andrea Stewart added extra funds to the town’s budget line item.

And she believes Franklin County, the Village of Malone and the Malone Central School District could join with the town in its efforts to fight back since they are all impacted by the tax losses, too.

“All of these corporate entities use our services and have teams of lawyers to get around the exemptions the state created,” she said. 

“And when a business pays a minuscule amount of tax under Payment in Lieu of Taxes plan, that makes everyone else pay more.

“There comes a time when you have to hold your ground,” Stewart said.

Email Denise A. Raymo:draymo@pressrepublican.com

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