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Town of Amsterdam loses appeal of assessment dispute

Town of Amsterdam loses appeal of assessment dispute

An Amsterdam nonprofit could be in line to have thousands of dollars refunded for property tax payme

A nonprofit group could be in line to have thousands of dollars refunded for property tax payments the state's highest court said should not have been collected.

In a decision last week, the state Court of Appeals rejected the town of Amsterdam's request to appeal a decision by the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court that ruled the Baldwin Research Institute should not have to pay property taxes because it is a nonprofit organization.

Established in 1992, the institute provides a social-based educational program for clients looking to free themselves of drug or alcohol dependency and also conducts research in the field.

The town argued against the company's nonprofit status, citing the salaries of company officers, but the Appellate Division ruled the company's salaries are in line with other nonprofits in the U.S.

It was unclear today how much money the taxing jurisdictions, which also include Montgomery County and the Greater Amsterdam School District, owe the company.

For more on this story, check back with DailyGazette.com or read Tuesday's edition of The Daily Gazette.

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