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Catskill Walmart makes good on property tax

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Walmart’s Catskill location, at 30 Catskill Commons on Thursday. The corporation did not pay the supercenter’s village taxes for 2018, but has since made good on the payment.
December 20, 2018 10:04 pm

CATSKILL — A national retail giant that operates a supercenter in the village failed to pay nearly $300,000 in property taxes for 2018 on time, village officials said Thursday.

Walmart, at 30 Catskill Commons, did not pay the village $298,368 in property taxes by the Nov. 2 deadline. The store owed the back taxes at an 8 percent penalty to the village, and Greene County will also collect the tax at a 7 percent penalty.

As a result, Walmart has to pay the village a total of $322,237 and a total of $344,794 to Greene County.

This is the first time Walmart missed a property tax deadline and was assessed a penalty, Catskill Village Clerk Betsy Cothren said Wednesday.

The supercenter was built in 2006, according to Greene County Property records.

Walmart has made good on the payment and the matter has been resolved, Walmart corporate spokeswoman Delia Garcia said in a statement Thursday.

“We have corrected the error and payment has been remitted to the village,” Garcia said. “We apologize for any inconvenience.”

The village does not send out late notices for delinquent taxes, Village President Vincent Seeley said.

“The initial bill is the only notification,” he said. “When they miss it, it goes up to the county.”

Walmart’s contribution to the community is great, Seeley said.

“As much as we don’t want anyone to miss the deadline, someone like Walmart, that is a huge contributor to the tax base, really affects our spending for the year,” he said. “It really changes what we can budget for.”

The county legislature unanimously approved a resolution to relevy unpaid village taxes to the county tax bill on Wednesday.

Catskill was relevied at $633,528, Athens at $91,864, Coxsackie at $86,406, Hunter at $74,191 and Tannersville at $53,880.

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This comes on top of a history of Walmart filing tax challenges (successfully) as is its right. But, with the County backing down on litigation, "because of the expense." Having provided Walmart with excessive incentives to come suck the oxygen out of our Village, Catskill over the past decade has been a push over for Walmart bullying, and most of the credit goes to Peter Markout and the leadership of the GCL. But, hey, lets borrow $90M for a jail we don't need!
The headlines says they paid the taxes. The article says they didn't. Which is it?
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Walmart has made good on the payment and the matter has been resolved, Walmart corporate spokeswoman Delia Garcia said in a statement Thursday.

“We have corrected the error and payment has been remitted to the village,” Garcia said. “We apologize for any inconvenience.”