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Village Of Mamaroneck Wins Ruling In Tax Certiorari Litigation

The Village of Mamaroneck will pay less in taxes on Hampshire Country Club after a litigation ruling.
The Village of Mamaroneck will pay less in taxes on Hampshire Country Club after a litigation ruling. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly, File

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck will continue to pay the same amount in property taxes despite claims in court that the Village of Mamaroneck had over-assessed the value of its property.

Hampshire Country Club and its successor, Hampshire Recreation LLC, challenged the Village’s 2010, 2011, and 2012 assessments and claimed the property was over-assessed based on its market value. In separate proceedings, Hampshire Recreation LLC also challenged the Town of Mamaroneck’s 2011 and 2012 assessments on the same grounds.

Joanna C. Feldman of McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP, the Village’s attorney in the case, noted the Village and Town of Mamaroneck conceded that for certain years, the property was over-assessed, but only to the extent that such equalized assessments exceeded the $12 million price at which Hampshire Country Club sold the property in 2010 to Hampshire Recreation LLC in an arms-length transaction that was not abnormal in any way. The petitioners argued that the sales price was irrelevant and not reflective of the value of the property as a golf club.

A judge rejected the petitioners’ argument and their appraiser’s opinion that the property’s value for the years in question was, on average, $4.5 million and determined the $12 million sales price was the best evidence of value.

The property Hampshire Country Club sits on is located in both the Village and the Town of Mamaroneck. Each entity was represented by separate counsel.

For more information on the case, visit the McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt website .

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