DMI Acquisitions sues Onondaga Co. to block seizure of property for back taxes

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — An Ohio-based company has sued Onondaga County to stop it from seizing their property in the Town of Geddes because of back taxes.

DMI Acquisitions filed suit in State Supreme Court in Syracuse Monday.

On Tuesday a judge ordered both sides to halt all actions until July 31st when they’re ordered to be back in Court.

Ryan McMahon, Onondaga County Executive tells NewsChannel 9, “These folks are trying to scrap the property, they’re trying to devalue the property, they haven’t paid their taxes, they know they owe the money.”

DMI Acquisitions bought the old Suez Energy coal fired power plant in Geddes five years ago.

The County says the company hasn’t paid its taxes since 2014 and now owes over $1M in back taxes.

NewsChannel 9 reported last week the plant would be the first targeted under a brand new County plan to deal with tax delinquent owners.

McMahon created the Onondaga County Accountability and Reinvestment Corporation, which is an arm of County government that can take seized properties and set them up for redevelopment.

Once they take possession the plan is to then work with the County’s Industrial Development Agency to get them back on the tax rolls. The county executive says it got DMI’s attention.

McMahon tells NewsChannel 9, “I spoke to their attorney, their attorney made it very clear they know they owe money but we just can’t sit around and let the status quo to be acceptable when these properties aren’t producing any economic value for the region and they continue to owe taxes year in and year out. And remember Jeff we pay these tax bills to these other governments.”

The County Legislature was about to vote Tuesday afternoon on accepting the transfer of this property to that new County corporation. It triggered the lawsuit so the Legislature tabled their measure for 30 days.


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