“The owners of Patrick Farm owe $265,000 in county and town property taxes from January and another $200,000 to the East Ramapo school district as of Sept. 1, Rockland County officials said.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day said he’s ordered the county’s legal team to take action to ensure county and town taxes are paid by Patrick Farm owner Scenic Development LLC, primarily owned by long-time builders Yechiel Lebovits and his family.
The new tax delinquency covers 10 months as Day said he’s told County Attorney Thomas Humbach to “take whatever legal action is available to collect taxes owed on the property.”
These developers have to pay their taxes just like everyone else,” Day said. “We will not allow them to take advantage of the system.”
The county pays all delinquent taxes to the towns, villages and school districts and then moves to collect from the property owner. The East Ramapo back taxes don’t get repaid until April. The county usually provides a three-year window for repayment with interest before moving to foreclosure.
Day’s ultimatum came after a series of state appellate panel issued decisions last week blocked construction of the long-stalled project’s 474 units until Ramapo conducts proper environmental reviews. The development is earmarked on the 200-plus acre property in the Routes 202 and 306 corridor outside Pomona village.
The housing development has been stalled by legal actions from environmentalists and neighbors opposed to the size of the project and Ramapo’s approval process.
The county government threatened to seize parts of Patrick Farm in March 2016 for $385,426 in back taxes over three years. The owners made the required payments the following day on three of the multiple parcels, county officials said.
The Lebovits family could not be reached for comment.
The Patrick Farm development plan has been before the courts since after January 2010.”
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