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Who is paying the $19,500 owed in property taxes at Tilly Foster Farm?

That's a good question which Legislator Dan Birmingham would like an answer to.

In a three page memo dated today, Legislator Birmingham asks County Executive Bondi this very question and lays out the properties that are taxable and hopes that you and I will not be picking up the tab.

The three properties are:
56.-1-20.3 The Cottage - assessed at $375,000
56.-1-32.1 The rental house - assessed at $250,000
56.-1-20.4 The Country Store - assessed at $100,000
Each of these taxable parcels are being used by Preserve Putnam as income generating facilities and hold a combined property tax liability of somewhere around $19,500... or so.

Mr. Birmingham writes in part:
If I recall during these many public discussions [on the contract] , the County was assured by Preserve Putnam on numerous occasions that Tilly Foster Farm would be "self sufficient" and that the cost of the operations of Tilly Foster Farm would be borne exclusively by Preserve Putnam

I certainly hope that you would agree with me that this tax liability should not be paid for by the taxpayers of Putnam County. I would hope that when the tax bills are sent to the County (as legal owner of these parcels) that such bills would be hastily forwarded to Preserve Putnam for its prompt payment.

You can read the full memo here.

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