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Village Board brings towns to court in pursuit of assessment relief

Friday, July 25, 2014 - Updated: 10:01 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

For the Recorder

CANAJOHARIE -- After an unsuccessful attempt to secure property tax assessment relief from the towns of Palatine and Ephratah, the Village Board of Canajoharie unanimously adopted resolutions during a special meeting Thursday allowing law firm Allen & Desnoyers, LLP to move forward with court proceedings against the two entities.

The village pays $300,000 annually in school and property taxes on the Waste Water Treatment Plant, located in the village, along with watershed land in the towns of Johnstown, Ephratah, and Palatine.

Avery stated, "this was all well and good when we had Beech-Nut here to help offset some of that expense. They're no longer here — we still have to pay $300,000."

The board asked the three towns to reduce the watershed assessments. While the town of Johnstown agreed to reduce the assessment by $28,000, of the $35,000 reduction requested by the village board, the towns of Ephratah and Palatine "have refused," said Avery.

Therefore, Allen & Desnoyers, LLP, of Albany, drafted two resolutions, that, with board approval, will allow pursuit of judicial proceedings now, and in subsequent years, seeking property tax assessment reductions under titles 5 and 7 of Real Property Tax Law and New York State Law.

"These have to be done very quickly," Avery said of the resolutions prior to the board's unanimous vote of approval, authorizing him to sign the documents.

     

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