Monday, December 21, 2009

Breaking: Pensacola Beach Residents Lose Tax Suit

Nothing's on the web at this writing, but word comes today that a 49-page ruling by Escambia Circuit Court Judge Michael Jones showed up in the mailboxes of lawyers on the case. The ruling was filed Friday.

Beach residents lost. This is not a surprise. There were omens. Still, it will be a bitter disappointment to thousands of residents (and many of their mortgage bankers) who relied on County Government promises not to tax Pensacola Beach home sites and condo units which are under 99 year leases.

We'll have more, soon. In the meantime, "Merry Christmas to you, too, Judge Jones."

1 comment:

BeachLover said...

If nothing else, the ruling's coming before the end of the year allows those of us ready to give up and fork up the dough the ability to earn a small discount on this year's ad valorem tax bill and, more importantly for some, to be able to deduct the paid taxes on this year's federal return. That's about all that can be said for it.
It's now time for those who've had their heads in the sand on this issue to mount a strong effort to obtain fee simple title for beach leaseholders, if there's to be any hope at all of accomplishing that. It's the right thing to do. Appeals will be USELESS.