Tiger Point Golf tax battle looms

Pay $48,643.21 or fight. Those are the choices facing the City of Gulf Breeze.

Pay $48,643.21 or fight.
Those are the choices facing the City of Gulf Breeze over its ownership
of Tiger Point Golf Club, which Santa Rosa Property Appraiser Greg
Brown insists is subject to ad valorem taxes—even if it operates at a
deficit.
Call it a sort of insult-to- injury, because ever since the city bought the
red-ink- soaked, 375-acre property for $2.8 million in 2012, one of the
few consolations about the purchase has been that at least it’s free of
county taxes.
But Gulf Breeze City Manager Samantha Abell told the City Council on
Wednesday night that Brown has recently billed the city for $48,643.21,
which includes the ad valorem taxes for both 2016 and 2017
Abell recommended paying the bill “under protest” and then suing to
get the money back. The five-member council tabled a decision until
December.
Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser suggested not paying until there’s
a final decision in Santa Rosa Circuit Court—where the city and Brown
are locked in a legal battle over the taxes– on whether Gulf Breeze is
liable for the taxes.
The lingering fight has some “personal” elements, observed Council
Member Tom Naile. Indeed, last year Dannheisser described the lawsuit
filed by Brown as “out of spite.”

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