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April 14, 2013

Hangar owner, Town of Malone agree on taxes

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CHARGEBACKS

The town collects its taxes until March 31 each year, and then the unpaid bills are turned over to the Franklin County Treasurer’s Office, which makes the town whole by paying the amount owed.

But the town is still has to try to get taxes out of property owners either through a payment agreement or by adding the unpaid balance into the following year’s town budget for all taxpayers to pay.

The county charged the town for Fellion’s 2010, 2011 and 2013 unpaid taxes, and the Town Council moved to get its money back.

Sullivan serves on the Airport Committee and was given a $400 check from Fellion in February to pay two months of back rent on the hangar, with the balance to go toward the back taxes.

CONFUSING CHECK

But Budget Officer Andrea Stewart could not accept the payment because there was no paperwork to explain what the outstanding balance was and no signed agreement to show a payment schedule.

Sullivan then gave the check to Airport Manager Mark Besio, who couldn’t accept it either because all he was owed was $150, and the check was make out for much more.

Besio sent the check back to Stewart, who then sought guidance from the State Comptroller’s Office, as did Town Attorney Lillian Anderson-Duffy.

She drew up the legal document adopted by the Town Council on April 10.

According to the March 27 meeting minutes, approved at the council’s April 10 meeting, Deputy Town Supervisor Paul Walbridge was absent, but the tax-payment agreement was unanimously approved by Maneely, Sullivan and council members Louise Taylor and Mary Scharf, who is Fellion’s ex-wife.

When asked why she did not abstain from voting, Scharf said she did abstain and that she had done so each time an issue involving Fellion was raised and that “the minutes are wrong.”

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