The Clarkstown Town Board approved $10,000 for a land appraisal for the .
First Deputy Town Attorney Marsha Coopersmith said the resolution was a practical measure. The resolution will allow the town to get a property appraisal prepared.
The mall's owner, Simon Property Group, filed a tax certiorari in 2010 challenging the town's assessment.
"We're anticipating one being brought for 2011," said Coopersmith. "They feel they have been too highly assessed."
If the mall owners move decide forward with rebuilding or demolition, the town can get the appraisal done. The board passed the appraisal funding resolution at last week's special meeting.
"We don't want to be left at the minute not knowing what their plans are," said Coopersmith.
The mall's owner told town officials in April that they plan to demolish part of the shopping center to build a new mall. It does not own the buildings that house the Macy's and Sears stores.
The Palisades Center in West Nyack has also challenged its assessment and that case is currently in litigation.