Kent has the following problem with the Preserve. "4. Their failure to pay property taxes as promised by Smiley family members at the inception of the Mohonk Trust."
There are two parts to Kent's argument.
As far as the Smiley family promising to pay taxes through the Mohonk trust, that there needs to be promises so you can create a diversion to then be legally allowed to create a tax exempt organization is false. Mohonk can do whatever it wants to do; this is the United States of America we are living in, not communist China. It is because the Mohonk Mountain House could not pay taxes and were going bankrupt that they formed a tax exempt origination for the Preserve. They could have sold off the property and made a huge profit, there is great honor in what has been done by the Smileys and we can see that, we need to be thankful and not bite the hand that feeds us and act as brute beasts.
Failure to pay tax as a tax exempt organization for public use is a good thing. If the state owned it we would not pay taxes either. If the Jehovah Witnesses owned it, it would be tax exempt and we would not be allowed to use it. If Kent owned it, by his own admission no one would use it but him and his friends the same way he now uses the Near Trapps. If land reverts back to a state, as it were, back in time to what it was before anyone built on it, to be like one of the small towns in the middle of PA, is there then a tax burden? Kent wants to assert new laws that no one would vote for and no one has voted for, to put restrictions on tax exempt originations that are paralleling what the government does. If the Preserve should pay tax so would government entities like Colleges, Hospitals, Fire, Police, Water companies and SUNNY New Paltz. Should what we want to support pay tax to us? Should one Hospital pay tax to another Hospital? Should one College pay tax to another College? Should one empty space pay tax to another empty space?
The Mohonk Mountain House and the Mohonk Preserve have done a great job protecting the environment thus far, but ... it's all down hill from here http://youtu.be/9AU8fMo8v4k.