He's developing the Silk Mill project all by his lonesome, even though there's room for three or four developers there. He's benefited from $7 million in RCAP grants at the Silk Mill, as well as another $2 million at the Pomeroy Building.
But they love him because he used to sing opera.
A KOZ application, if granted by the state, will excuse Mulligan from paying virtually any taxes at this site, including property taxes. But Easton officials Richard McAteer and Gretchen Longenbach were taking no chances. They were behind the illegal push to reduce assessment on the property. McAteer, who sits on that Board, incredibly gave his proxy to another Board member to reduce the assessment.
In addition to his position on the Revenue Appeals Board, McAteer also chairs the Easton Redevelopment Authority, where Longenbach is Executive Director. And it just so happens that McAteer's Board is playing favorites among certain Easton-connected property owners, as they clearly did with Mulligan. Longenbach herself might have been given a tax break, I've been told. I decided to check.
It's true. At a hearing before the Revenue Appeals Board on August 27, she was given a tax break at one of two properties she owns in Bethlehem. The assessment at a Riverport Condo unit was reduced from $75,500 to $51,200. Another unit, located right beside her, is still assessed at $75,500.
I'm sure McAteer had a proxy vote all lined up just in case.