Onondaga County wants Shoppingtown Mall saga over this year

DEWITT, N.Y. (WSYR-V) — Shoppingtown Mall, as of Tuesday afternoon, was a full day late on the court-ordered payment of nearly $10 million in back taxes to Onondaga County.

The County Executive wants this saga to end by the end of this year.

“Look it, the ongoing soap opera which is starred by our friends at Moonbeam Capital is one where the courts continue to rule in favor of the taxpayers of Onondaga County,” he says.

Monday was an extended court ordered deadline to pay the back taxes.

It was May that State Supreme Court Judge Anthony Paris ruled in favor of the owners of the former Macy’s property. They sued the mall to force Shoppingtown to pay its taxes.

McMahon says, “Moonbeam is running out of legal options as they should, they owe the taxpayers in this community a lot of money and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be paying.”

He admits there have been settlement offers in the past several weeks from the mall’s owners but he describes them as anything but serious.

“Since the decision by Judge Paris, Moonbeam has not negotiated in good faith whatsoever. I cannot give out details of what the offers were back and forth, but it’s been abysmal.”

He says the County is anticipating the Mall may file for bankruptcy very soon and are look into that situation and what that means to the County.

McMahon says the County is also exploring other options to make sure this story ends in 2019.

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