Lenox: GSC wants 2007 tax exemption

Michael Patane, executive director of the Great Swamp Conservancy asked Lenox board members to consider its original agreement of tax exemption on a piece of property it acquired. Patane asked for immediate exemption.

"We have not taken other properties off the tax rolls," Patane said.

At a previous board meeting, Lenox Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica read a letter from Patane asking the board to honor its agreement to not tax the property known as "Gibson-Hill" if they agreed not to take anymore property off the tax rolls.

The deadline to apply for tax exemption was March 7, 2007. The GSC's paperwork was not filed until April 18, according to DiVeronica.

At the board meeting held Jan. 14, Patane said due to a problem with the previous owners there was a delay in closing on the property.

"We have to follow procedure," said Lenox Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica. "You were behind the curve."

Patane said the GSC made all the deadlines for the 2008 tax rolls but not 2007.

"The county will take over delinquent taxes," DiVeronica said.

Patane asked DiVeronica if there was anything the GSC could do.

DiVeronica suggested writing a letter to the county stating the reason the GSC missed the deadline and ask for tax exemption.

Patane also brought up another piece of property the GSC acquired, a one-room school house located on Route 31 given to the GSC by the now defunct Oneida Lake Community Club.

Patane said that because the schoolhouse and the property it sits on was owned by a non-profit organization the GSC assumed tax exemption would roll over to another 501(c)(3) organization.

"Because that wasn't the case, once again we didn't apply [for tax exemption on the 2007 tax rolls] in time," Patane said. "I'm proposing 2007 exemption."

Patane said applications for 2008 were submitted in time, but between three parcels of property owned by the GSC, the tax bills are around $2,000.

Patane said the GSC is looking for grant money to move the schoolhouse to the GSC property on North Main Street and place the Route 31 property back on the tax rolls.

DiVeronica told Patane the GSC would need to send a second letter to the county stating why the application was filed late.

Patane also asked the board if it would consider putting money into the budget for the GSC. The town made a contribution to the GSC last year but never included it in this year's budget.

The board will meet again Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.

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