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City settles shopping center tax dispute

Posted 9/13/19

The city of Rome’s Board of Estimate and Contract approved a tax-dispute settlement with Romny Company Ltd. over the commercial property at 5799 Taberg Road, which formerly housed a Sears and now …

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City settles shopping center tax dispute

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The city of Rome’s Board of Estimate and Contract approved a tax-dispute settlement with Romny Company Ltd. over the commercial property at 5799 Taberg Road, which formerly housed a Sears and now contains Harbor Freight Tools.

According to the resolution approved by the board Thursday, the property was assessed at $2.2 million for tax years 2015 through 2017, and then at $2.4 million for 2018 and 2019. The stipulated reduced assessment for tax year 2019 is $705,000.

The total refund due the owner from the city, Rome City School District and Oneida County is $20,079.93, covering 2015 through 2018.

The board also approved a change order of $22,600 to the contract with Paragon Environmental Construction of Brewerton for removing a 10,000-gallon underground storage tank at 109 Canal St., site of the former Rome Turney Radiator Company. The work is part of the brownfield restoration project at the site. The original contract was for $112,667.

In other business, the board:

Approved an agreement for a $142,500 state grant to help with properties abandoned and left to deteriorate.

Awarded a change order of about $1,800 to the contract of up to $34,000 to repair sidewalks damaged by city-owned trees to L.P. Trucking and Excavating.

Authorized advertising for bids for a roof replacement project at the central fire station.

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