UTICA, N.Y. - The Utica Common Council passed a resolution Wednesday night to remove the Charles Town Mall parcel from the city of Utica's tax roll.
The council voted unanimously to remove the parcel from the tax rolls to resolve numerous accounting issues and to help the city financially.
The property, which is located on Turner Street, sits in two different municipalities, the city of Utica and the town of Frankfort.
The site has been empty for years and according to city officials, the owner of this property hasn't paid taxes in about 10 years, so it has become a huge liability for the city.
"This way here, by us taking it off, it takes us away from the liability of that," Joe Betrus, 6th ward councilman said "On top of that, if we went into a foreclosure, we don't want to foreclose and take that property because it's a hazardous property and it's a big liability to the city so this way here it's a win for the tax payers and it's a win for the city all the way around."
Over the summer, there were several intentionally set fires inside the building and due to the conditions inside, there were concerns about the safety of emergency responders and others who tried to go into the building.
A down side of this legislation is that when a property comes off the tax rolls, the city will no longer be paying the school tax on that property.