DEWITT, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The owners of Shoppingtown Mall have until Monday afternoon to pay nearly $10 million in back taxes to Onondaga County.
However, there have already been some last-second moves.
The most recent was Friday when lawyers for Shoppingtown asked an appellate judge to grant them omre time to continue settlement discussions with Onondaga County. Ultimately, that request was denied by the same judge who, in late May, granted them another month to pay their tax debt just before the last deadline.
That stemmed from a ruling on May 9th against the mall owners in a lawsuit brought by the owners of the former Macy’s property at Shoppingtown. They claim the mall’s failure to pay taxes hindered the development of Macy’s and put it in imminent jeopardy of being lost to the county.
The county tried to take the mall last fall for failure to pay taxes, but the mall sued to block them from doing that, and it is still pending.
In another legal move, lawyers for the mall last month filed with the State Supreme Court Appellate Division in Rochester what is called a notice of appeal, hoping to reverse the lower court ruling that orders they pay their tax bill that is due today.