Lenox: GSC seeks property tax exemption

Mike Patane, executive director of the Great Swamp Conservancy asked Lenox board members once again to consider tax exemption on its Route 31 property. An old schoolhouse, once owned by the defunct Oneida Lake Community Club was donated to the GSC. Patane said he never filed for tax exemption status in time and is asking the board to consider waiving about $600 in taxes owed on the property.

"Tanya [Pifer, town assessor] said the determination is up to the board," Patane said.

"The last time we talked you were going to move the building," said Rocco DiVeronica, town supervisor.

Patane said it had been difficult to get an estimate on moving the schoolhouse.

"It's going to be hard to move," Patane said, "due to the framework of the building."

Patane added that the schoolhouse is the last one-room schoolhouse currently not being used for anything in the town of Lenox.

"Half my board is saying sell it, the other half is saying we are out of our minds," Patane said.

Patane said the GSC wants to move the schoolhouse to the conservancy's property on the corner of North Main Street and Pine Ridge Road and use it as an educational facility for children.

DiVeronica said he had visited the Route 31 property to determine if and how the building could be moved and said that it may have to be disassembled and then moved.

"We may have to do that," Patane said.

Patane also asked the board to consider placing $2,000 back in its budget for the GSC.

The Lenox board had budgeted $2,000 last year for the GSC. The money was not in this year's budget.

"If you look real hard I bet you can find it," Patane said. "That $2,000 would help alleviate the $1,700 we paid for taxes on the Gibson Hill property."

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