Developers behind the Adirondack Club & Resort planned for Tupper Lake owe Franklin County nearly $39,000 in back taxes, according to the county treasurer.
Preserve Associates, Inc. had previously entered into an installment agreement to pay Franklin County $149,553.15 for more than two years worth of unpaid taxes on a tract of land the group intends to turn into a large resort complex.
The group has paid the county $106,908 but still owes seven months in arrears with interest totaling $38,999.
Franklin County Treasurer Bryon Varin said in an email that the group's representative, Michael Foxman, contacted his office recently and indicated that he is working on getting up-to-date on the payments.
Varin pointed out that the group has already paid over 70 percent of its back taxes.
"I have no doubt that they will get caught up with so much invested," Varin said.
Varin was referring to the multimillion-dollar purchase price of the land in question, a 500-acre tract that includes the Big Tupper ski area.
Foxman told WNBZ on Wednesday that his company is doing its best to keep up.
"We have tremendous expenses as a result of the requirements of the [state Adirondack Park Agency] process," he said, adding that he has filed 13,000 pages of documents and pages of drawings.
"We've spent millions of dollars on [the project] and we are currently going through a hearing that's going to occupy our professionals for months. We are only human."
The developer is up-to-date on town taxes, according to Varin.
Foxman did not put a timetable on when his group would pay the back taxes, saying only that capital would be freed up after the APA permitting process is complete.