The Real Deal Miami

City on hook for property taxes at Marlins stadium garages

November 23, 2011 10:21AM

Thanks to an unanticipated wrinkle, the city of Miami could be on the
hook for property taxes at the new Marlins
stadium. County officials say that unless city property is used for
purely public purposes, it is not exempt from property taxes, and the
bill could be as high as $2 million per year, according to Mayor Tomas
Regalado
. “That’s going to be huge,” said Regalado, who was against the
stadium deal while serving as a city commissioner. “That really
complicates things for us.” Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser Pedro
Garcia said this kind of arrangement was rare. “I don’t agree with
that,” he said. “But when they did the contract, there was no
conversation with the property appraiser, and now there is nothing we
can do.” [Miami
Herald]