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Deep tax breaks sought for Price Chopper plaza near Warrensburg

Price Chopper is planning to build a large supermarket off state Rte. 9 in the town of Lake George near the Warrensburg town line, and local officials have expressed fears that the Mini-Chopper store in Lake George Village, shown above, may be closed as a result — causing an inconvenience to local citizens. Monday, the Lake George Town Board and Warrensburg School board were grappling with requests from the project developers for a hefty tax break that would save them hundreds of thosuands of dollars, while burdening the school district and town a loss of tax revenue — at a time both entities are financially stressed.

Price Chopper is planning to build a large supermarket off state Rte. 9 in the town of Lake George near the Warrensburg town line, and local officials have expressed fears that the Mini-Chopper store in Lake George Village, shown above, may be closed as a result — causing an inconvenience to local citizens. Monday, the Lake George Town Board and Warrensburg School board were grappling with requests from the project developers for a hefty tax break that would save them hundreds of thosuands of dollars, while burdening the school district and town a loss of tax revenue — at a time both entities are financially stressed. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Despite the concerns aired, the school board voted to support a 75 percent tax exemption in the first five years, 50 percent in the second five-year period and 25 percent exemption in the final five years.

The school district’s vote, however, carries no legal weight. The Lake George town board is empowered to decide on the amount, if any, of an exemption beyond a Basic PILOT exemption. State law also calls for the town board, in making its decision, to take into consideration the needs of the school district.

While granting a tax break exceeding the norm, the school board did add a stipulation to their vote that the developer agree to not challenging the property’s assessment during the final five years of the PILOT arrangement.

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