County prepares tax fight with Entergy Nuclear

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature passed several resolutions during Thursday’s session that involve a tax certiorari litigation with the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant owned by Entergy.

The county, Town of Scriba and Mexico Academy and Central School district have been unable to negotiate a tax agreement with Entergy following a one-year good-faith agreement that had been previously approved.

Legislators were told by those involved in the process on the county level that the new agreement would come easily.

That didn’t happen and now the parties will head to court.

The three taxing jurisdictions will retain Hacker Murphy, LLP to defend the litigation. The firm will bill the county every 30 days for their services at a rate of $285 per hour for attorney fees and a cost of $260 per hour for the senior associate and $175 per hour for the paralegal.

During the June 13 meeting, the legislature also agreed to hire George Sansoucy, PE to perform as appraisal at a cost just shy of $1 million.  The costs will be shared by the taxing jurisdictions.

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