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March 2, 2013

Town mulls unpaid-tax issue

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He then wanted the balance of about $250 to go toward his back taxes.

But when Sullivan tried to give the check to Town Budget Officer Andrea Stewart, she said she couldn’t accept it because there was no accompanying paperwork to show the outstanding balance due and no signed agreement showing a repayment arrangement between the town and Fellion.

Sullivan gave the check to Airport Manager Mark Besio, who didn’t want it because he was due $150 and the check was for much more.

He said he’d need a check for the back rent separate from any town-tax repayment.

Besio sent the check to Stewart as budget officer, who says she still has no authority to accept it.

‘NO TEETH’

Town attorney Lillian Anderson-Duffy said she will consult with the State Comptroller’s Office to find out what to do, since the building is situated on town land but in private hands.

She said the town allowed hangars to be constructed on town land years ago but has since discontinued that practice.

“This is not a traditional landlord-tenant issue,” she said. 

The Town of Waverly, she noted, has a similar situation with privately owned cabins on town-owned campground land in St. Regis Falls.

Stewart asked that specific language be included in the chargeback agreement to cover default penalties and methods on how to track of payments and who would do it.

The lease agreement for hangar space says tenants must stay current on their taxes to maintain their leases.

“Our current lease does not have any teeth,” Stewart said.

Email Denise A. Raymo: draymo@pressrepublican.com

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