Brookflield Properties, which owns Zuccotti Park, owes the city about $139,000 in back taxes dating back to 2006 said the Finance Department.
That's obviously ironic, said City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), who was arrested last month protesting with Occupy Wall Street, according to the Daily News. Occupy Wall Street has been talking about economic disparity . . . and here's Brookfield Properties, which has worked with the mayor to keep the messengers out, not paying their share.
However, Brookfield disputes the debt, saying it is a city error. Spokesman for the company, Melissa Coley said that they believe all of the taxes have been paid in full to the City of New York.
We are in discussion with the city's Department of Finance, and we anticipate that this error will be resolved very shortly with Brookfield owing no additional funds, she said, according to the Daily News.
The Finance Department of the City of New York also said that there were nearly 40,000 entities that owe the city about $149 million in overdue business taxes, dating back to 2000, reported the Daily News. Some of the companies include the Philadelphia Eagles, the WNBA, Comcast, Rev. Al Sharpton, and City Council President Andrew Stein.