A 35-year pay-in-tax deal between the town of Dunkirk and the Clarion Resort is upsetting some county lawmakers.
Throughout the Legislature’s Audit and Management Committee, members didn’t cross a decision that might right a listing of property taxes.
In line with the decision, a county property tax was levied on the parcel the place the Clarion Resort is positioned for fiscal yr 2021 within the quantity of $ 29,973, nevertheless, the parcel is topic to a PILOT settlement with the Growth Company Industrial metropolis of Dunkirk.
Todd Button, first deputy funds supervisor, mentioned the Clarion Resort obtained a PILOT from Dunkirk in 1985, which has continued to be renovated frequently. The settlement permits funds to the town of Dunkerque, however to not Chautauqua County.
Button found the PILOT settlement after an error.
“The appraiser eliminated the PILOT exemption from the property in error, ensuing within the 2021 tax invoice.” he instructed the committee members.
The PILOT settlement expired in June 2020, Button defined, and would have been renewed, besides that COVID triggered a delay.
Button beneficial that the county examine it. “I discover it unusual that Dunkirk has their very own PILOT settlement with these individuals and the county does not get something out of it, so somebody could wish to examine that one.” he mentioned.
Button mentioned he spoke to Wealthy Dixon with the county Industrial Growth Company.
He was instructed that this settlement was applied when the cities negotiated PILOTS as an alternative of the county.
Legislator Terry Niebel, R-Sheridan, mentioned he supported the decision because it was a mistake, however added: “I feel our authorized division ought to be concerned in the case of the extension of the PILOT.”
Lawmaker Jay Gould, R-Ashville, requested how lengthy the deal may be renewed. “Good query,” responded President Chuck Nazzaro, D-Jamestown.
Rep. Mark Odell, R-Brocton, can also be a member of the county IDA board of administrators. He mentioned COVID has not stopped different PILOT agreements, so he additionally sought additional clarification.
Because of the questions raised, Gould, Nazzaro and Rep. Tom Harmon, R-Silver Creek, voted towards the decision, inflicting it to fail on the committee.
The decision will nonetheless go earlier than the total county Legislature as a result of it was accredited by the Administrative Providers Committee. The legislature will vote on the tax correction on Wednesday.