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School changes representation in tax matter

The North Syracuse Central School District will be represented by a law firm other than Bond, Schoeneck and King in a matter pertaining to Carrols Corporation.

According to Superintendent of Schools Jerome Melvin, Carrols Corporation, owner of Burger King, is currently involved in a tax proceeding that involves the school district. Despite the district previously appointing Bond, Schoeneck and King to represent it in all matters, including tax assessment review proceedings, the firm also represents Carrols Corporation on matters unrelated to the tax issue.

To rule out any "perceived conflict of interest," despite Bond, Schoeneck and King obtaining a full waiver of the perceived conflict from Carrols Corporation, the district has opted to acquire a different attorney to represent them in the matter -- Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett and Reitz, P.C.

Melvin said the fast food chain claims it was over assessed.

"We have the greatest stake in this," Melvin said, because the school district is the largest taxing entity.

The district is a defendant in the proceeding and has agree to appoint Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett and Reitz, P.C. in the tax review proceeding "through the present and beyond as may be required to bring these matters to resolution," stated documents from the Board of Education.

The appointment is only in effect for the Carrols Corporation proceedings. It was recommended the board approve the resolution and that it take effect immediately.

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