WOONSOCKET â City officials say theyâve 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.
âWe would fight any effort to collect the tax retroactively,â 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.
âI can see the fuzziness of the situation,â 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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