WOONSOCKET â€“ City officials say theyâ€™ve learned that the owner of Waterview Apartments has been mistakenly granted a quarter million dollarsâ€™ worth of tax breaks since 2006 and now they want to be reimbursed by the owners of the Privilege Street complex.
A lawyer for Omni Privilege Limited Partnership disputes the allegations, however, saying the company received the relief with permission from the city and should continue to do so.
â€śWe would fight any effort to collect the tax retroactively,â€ť Robert Berkelhammer said.
The dispute was aired this week before the state-appointed Budget Commission, which has referred the matter to its legal counsel, Edmund Alves, for review.
â€śI can see the fuzziness of the situation,â€ť Commission Chairman William Sequino said after listening to Berkelhammer and Tax Assessor Christopher Celeste spar over the case in Harris Hall.
Whatever happens now will be up to the five-member commission, which has the final say over decisions that affect the city financially.
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