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Palisades Center Tax Appeal Moves To Next Phase

Decision by judge could take months.

 

Attorneys representing Clarkstown and the Palisades Center in West Nyack finished presenting their testimony this past week on the but it could be months before a decision is made on the property tax appeal for 2009, 2010 and 2011. The Palisades Center filed a challenge to its Town of Clarkstown and Clarkstown School District property tax assessments for those three years in Rockland County Supreme Court. The 42 parcels that make up the shopping center in West Nyack had an assessed value of $252,958,700 for each one of those years.

Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack said it could be the fall before the judge begins to review the case.  More than two weeks of courtroom testimony before Judge Margaret Garvey came to a conclusion on May 30. 

“The case has been presented,” said Gromack. “That’s done.”

According to Gromack, now the exchange of legal paperwork takes place. In about 30 days transcripts from the testimony will be provided to both sides. Then they are permitted 90 days to exchange briefs and 30 days more to review them.

“Realistically a judge might not start to review until November,” said Gromack on Saturday.

If judge begins to review the case until November, it could take an additional three or four months until a decision is issued. That means it is possible that it could be early 2013 before the case is decided.  

George rath June 04, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Why not let them develop their unused space in exchange for dropping the challenge?
Gregg June 04, 2012 at 01:22 PM
And the beat goes on
F*** June 04, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Local governments never win these cases. They and their politically picked attorneys are not up to the task.
Watchdog June 04, 2012 at 02:58 PM
GROMACK will lose this.
Richard Kavesh June 04, 2012 at 03:05 PM
This is very serious stuff. When Mirant won its case up in north Rockland several years ago, it cost tax payers hundreds of millions of dollars. If the Town of Clarkstown and the school district lose this one, it will be very bad news, of course, but not nearly as bad: the tax base in Clarkstown is much, much bigger than North Rockland and much more diversified.
Richard Kavesh June 04, 2012 at 03:06 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/23/nyregion/23district.html Here is the NYT article on the Mirant/North Rockland situation from 2007.
Clarkstown life June 04, 2012 at 03:28 PM
ever any positive thoughts???
F*** June 04, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Hope for the best but PLAN for the worst.
he can never lose!!!!!!!just look at his pictures!!!!!!!!opps maybe I misunderstood what you meant LOL>>>>
very serious and the only way we the taxpayers will ever reign in the abusive spending and mis-appropriations of over paying the clowns..will be this type of voctory for the shopping center owners..anyone ever try to drive away with outpaying for gas or groceries?or a candy bar in a store? you can get arrested!!! so I really hope the Pyramid people win...and driving around the outskirts of that mall from the third world i looks empty
John Taggart June 05, 2012 at 09:28 AM
Read the link. Its a gas plant not oil, and there is no soot, thank you Wassamer. The mall property must have lost value like every one else's, so they have a gripe. I think they wiil get a modest reduction adjustment. In the future in good times the tax will go up again. The malls' not going anywhere. I remember when people didn't want the mall, now they cant live without it. If I'm not mistaken North Rockland raised taxes on Mirant in antisipation of increased use and a third generator being built. Increased and spent tax money on speculation, the third generator never got built. Now I think Genon is going to close it down. No one has asked it to produce any more power and were runing lines from Canada right passed it for Gods sake. And yet people say we can't live without its tax money......We make our own beds.
stephany June 05, 2012 at 08:57 PM
If Clarkstown loses on any substantial level why shouldn't gromack be asked to step down. He is the boss.He is ultimately responsible He takes the credit when tax increases are kept low for homeowners. well who couldn't keep them low when you over charge the big bad mall who pays huge dollars and hope they would not notice. not everyone is as dumb as gromack needs them to be. He forgets they have a real job and need to make money to pay the piper not forcibly under threat of losing your house take money like he does
F*** June 06, 2012 at 02:16 PM
The funny thing is the big bad mall is one of his biggest campaign contributors.

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