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Cicero Town Board settles lawsuit

Board votes unanimously to settle tax certiorari, $45,300 owed to Onondaga County

The Cicero Town Board voted unanimously Wednesday night Feb. 10 after meeting in executive session to discuss an assessment negotiation with New Dimensions Corp., owner of the Cicero Commons land.

The tax certiorari dates back three years since the corporation challenged the town's assessment of the property that totaled $7,290,000 in 2007 and 2008, according to Anthony Rivizzigno, the Cicero town attorney. A tax certiorari is the legal process of appealing a tax assessor's assessment.

The New Dimensions Corp. property assessment was then lowered to $3,245,000 for 2009-10 after the town performed an assessment review for the said property. In this case, the tax certiorari was taken through to a Supreme Court hearing even after it was lowered by more than $4 million, according to Rivizzigno.

However, Rivizzigno said he believes New Dimensions Corp. felt they were over-assessed and would have overpaid for 2007 and 2008.

New Dimensions Corp. is being represented by David G. Burch, of Hiscock and Barclay. At this time, Kyle Palmer, the owner of New Dimensions Corp., said he would like to refrain from fully commenting on the issue until the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education approves the new assessment as well.

Because this has been a "long process" going on its fourth year, Palmer said it "will be great to put this behind us."

The new revised assessment has been set at $3 million and will be carried through for tax purposes for 2010-11, Rivizzigno said. This assessment was decided to be fair by all parties involved, according to the town attorney.

Because the corporation did not pay taxes on the assessed amount of $7,290,000 for the property, Onondaga County picked up the tab of $45,300 just as it would if a resident did not pay his or her taxes, Rivizzigno said.

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