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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-31-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 6, 2019 CUMBERLAND 15 on the matter, he responded no. The years in question are from 2012 to 2019, says Mallette, who could not say how much money that represented in tax dollars owed. He agreed with the contention from Douglas Vaughan representatives that the assessment was on $4 mil- lion of expected purchases at the company's riverfront property, but said the amount of taxes on that total "depends on how you look at it," saying he can't comment further. Kelly said in a letter to town officials that the amount was tens of thou- sands of dollars. If the company had filed appeals in a proper manner, said Mallette, then it would have been able to have its time in court, "but at this time he's missed all of his filing opportunities." Asked if he can confirm that the equipment was never purchased, Mallette said it's up to the company to prove that it wasn't. Andrew Blais, an attorney rep- resenting the company at an Oct. 2 Town Council meeting, said the assessor taxed expected equipment purchases that were never purchased or used by the company, just assum- ing that the purchases happened. "Clearly the town was not con- sidering the fair market value of the equipment. If it did, it would be zero," he told the council. "The tax assessor did not see the equipment that he was levying a tax on, because it was not real." He said the town has said there can be no relief based on the missed deadlines. Kelly and his team had sought to get on the agenda for Oct. 2, but he said in a letter to the council pre- sented during the public comment period that night that the company was denied that request. According to Kelly, Douglas Vaughan Properties sold all of its interest in the Manville quarry opera- tion and the property on which it is located near Manville Hill Road in 2012, with the exception of about 30 acres right along the river. The company is in the process of securing approvals for a solar array on its remaining property there. When the expected business pur- LEGAL From Page One See PROPERTIES, Page 16 (401) 76PAINT (401) 765-3128 900 Victory Highway, Slatersville Plaza, Slatersville, RI Monday thru Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call us for an In-home color and/or design consultation. Consultation Services Include • Color Selection • Organization & Space Planning • Home Fixtures & Furnishings • Building Products & Materials Call to schedule an appointment today. Village Paint & Decorating Autumn Autumn Autumn Breeze

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