Shoppingtown files notice of appeal over order to pay nearly $10M in taxes

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DEWITT, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The owner of Shoppingtown Mall, Moonbeam Capital, has filed a notice of appeal from a judge’s ruling forcing them to pay millions in back taxes.

This doesn’t mean they don’t have to pay the back taxes. In fact, according to the court order, the back taxes must be paid by Thursday.

The only way Moonbeam avoids paying would be for a judge to issue what’s called a stay from the ruling earlier this month.

Moonbeam doesn’t have a stay, and they owe Onondaga County nearly $10 million. This Thursday would be day 14 after the decision was handed down.

In this case, Judge Paris ruled in favor of the current owners of the former Macy’s property at the DeWitt mall. They sued Moonbean, claiming the failure to pay taxes is not only making it difficult to redevelop this part of the mall, but it’s also putting it in imminent jeopardy of being lost to the county.

The notice of appeal was filed late Monday by Moonbeam’s lawyers and it tells state Supreme Court appellate judges in Rochester that they plan to appeal Judge Paris’s ruling.

Moonbeam now has six months to perfect the appeal and file it with the Rochester court.
Moonbeam Capital is also currently suing Onondaga County, asking a judge to stop the county from seizing the mall for back taxes.

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