Saratoga County tax disputes land in court
Quad/Graphics, other businesses challenge assessments
SARATOGA COUNTY Quad/Graphics is challenging a $27 million property tax assessment on its Saratoga Springs factory, one of several tax assessment challenges lodged in court this month.
The printing company filed an Article 7 petition July 5 in the state Supreme Court in Saratoga County asking that the assessment for 12 parcels in the W.J. Grande Industrial Park be lowered to $8.3 million.
The company has challenged its assessment several times in the past, and most recently got it lowered in 2005 from $32 million to $27 million. That agreement stated the assessment would stay the same through 2007.
A settlement in 2006 called for Quad to be repaid $500,000 in taxes it had overpaid over the years.
The printing company’s neighbor, Ball Metal Beverage Container Corp. in the Grande Industrial Park, is also challenging its assessment. The company wants it reduced from $11.6 million to $4.1 million, according to court papers.
After unsuccessfully grieving their property tax assessment before the town or city’s Board of Assessment Review in May, owners can file an Article 7 petition in court asking the state Supreme Court to review the value. Cases can drag on for years, but if the property owner succeeds in getting the assessment dropped, the taxing bodies must return the amount overpaid during the process.
U.S. Food Service in Clifton Park filed an Article 7 petition for two parcels at 755 Pierce Road. Currently valued for assessment purposes at $7.9 million, the properties should be assessed at $1.1 million, an attorney for the company wrote in the filing.
The owners of the Home of the Good Shepherd in Malta say the assisted living facility shouldn’t be taxable at all. Church Aid of the Protestant Episcopal Church disputes the town’s $7.2 million assessment, saying the organization is religious and therefore the building off Route 9 is tax-exempt.
A representative of the company was not available for comment Wednesday.
The owners of the former Borders book store in downtown Saratoga Springs also asked the court to reduce the empty building’s assessment from $4.1 million to $3 million. The property at 395 Broadway is owned by MHD of Buffalo, which has been trying to find a tenant since Borders vacated last year.
Three other big-box stores in the county also have filed paperwork:
• J.C. Penney in Wilton wants to lower its assessment for the 3065 Route 50 property from $6.6 million to $2.2 million.
• Rite Aid at 27 Round Lake Road, Malta, wants to reduce its assessment from $3.9 million to $1.3 million.
• Walmart on Route 9 in Halfmoon wants its assessment lowered from $8.8 million to $5.2 million.