The City of North Tonawanda is pressing tax foreclosure proceedings this week against a number of property tax delinquents, including the Melody Fair show tent.
City Attorney Henry J. Wojtaszek said he will seek the lifting of a federal court order prohibiting North Tonawanda from pursuing foreclosure in Niagara County Court since Melody Fair has sought bankruptcy protection from its creditors, mainly the city.
Wojtaszek said Augusto International Corp., owner of Melody Fair, owes the city and school district $220,000 in back taxes dating to 1988 and has failed to negotiate a settlement.
The city attorney said a promotion company, In The Round, leases Melody Fair from Augusto, headed by Rudy Bersani. Ed Smith, impresario of Melody Fair, is president of In The Round and is not party to the current foreclosure action.
A decision on the city's petition is expected in about two weeks.
Meanwhile, Wojtaszek and City Treasurer Leslie J. Stolzenfels have filed a list of 39 back-tax liens on other properties in Niagara County Court in Lockport.
Back taxes owed on these properties total $341,572, plus penalties, Mrs. Stolzenfels said.
Wojtaszek said the property owners have until Nov. 30 to pay their back taxes before he seeks a summary judgment of foreclosure against all of them, with the city taking title to the properties and putting them up for auction.