Updated: 08/19/2014 5:57 PM
Created: 08/19/2014 4:53 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen
If you live in Monroe County, this affects you. The owners of Medley Centre have stopped paying taxes for special districts like fire protection, sewer and water services, leaving County taxpayers on the hook.
Bersin Properties is on notice that it is delinquent to the tune of more than $200,000 and the Town of Irondequoit says Bersin actually owes more than that number. The delinquent amount is from what went unpaid in 2013 and doesn't take into account what's overdue this year as well.
Ten parcels owned by Bersin Properties are on the County's list of delinquent properties. We tallied the overdue amounts for all 10 and found that Bersin owes more than $217,000.
Taxpayers we spoke with in Irondequoit were none too pleased to hear the news.
Robert Borowski said, “He obviously has the money to put down and do what he wants with his other properties around the country. He should pay up what he owes here."
Tom Mangialino said, “How can these people with all the cash always run away from what they're supposed to be doing? Make him pay it. They don't come to me and go, gee Tom, you think you got your taxes this year? It's like, there's the bill, dude."
The Medley Centre had received special property tax abatements for several years until the County officially pulled the plug on the agreement last month. But even while receiving the property tax breaks, Bersin was still obligated to pay special district taxes for services like fire protection, sewer and pure water service.
“It says the current owner of the mall is really not acting in good faith for the taxpayers. This is another instance now where taxpayers are being forced to subsidize the property and that's wrong." Despite taxpayers now being on the hook, Irondequoit Town Supervisor Adam Bello sees the delinquency notice as an opportunity to get a new developer to take over the troubled mall. “If he does not make good on the taxes he owes taxpayers, we will insist a foreclosure process take place."
Bello says Bersin also hasn't paid the 2014 bill which was due at the end of June. That means the developer actually owes more than $400,000.
We reached out to Bersin Properties via email today but no one responded.