Condo associations for two Collins Avenue towers sue to overturn 2016 property assessments

Miami /
Aug.August 16, 2017 03:30 PM

The assessment war between Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Pedro Garcia and the owners of prominent properties across the county rages on.

In the latest skirmish, the condominium associations for two oceanfront luxury towers on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach and Bal Harbour are suing Garcia, Miami-Dade Tax Collector Marcus Saiz de la Mora and Leon Biegalski, Florida Department of Revenue’s executive director, in an attempt to significantly reduce property assessments from 2016. How Garcia calculates a property’s value determines how much in taxes the collector levies against owners of luxury buildings.

A spokeswoman for Garcia said the appraiser’s office doesn’t comment on pending litigation and Jason Block, the attorney for Central Carillon Beach Condominium Association and for the Bal Harbour Center Condominium Association, did not respond to a phone message seeking comment. Central Carillon is a 36-story tower at 6801 Collins Avenue that was formerly Canyon Ranch Residences Miami Beach. Bal Harbour Center is a 27-story residential building at 9703 Collins Avenue that is part of the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort and Residences complex.

The July 26 complaints filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court allege that the property appraiser’s assessments for the common elements of the two towers are “arbitrarily based on appraisal practices which are not professionally accepted” and “are not standard practice in Miami-Dade.”

The Carillon Beach condo association is contesting $1.3 million in combined taxes and assessments for 140 unit owners. On behalf of 55 unit owners, the Bal Harbour Center condo association is fighting $2.6 million in combined taxes and assessments.

Since his reelection in 2014, litigation between Garcia and property owners has ramped up. Last year, the property appraiser filed more than two dozen civil lawsuits to undo reduced assessments granted to property owners by the Miami-Dade Value Adjustment Board. Garcia’s predecessor, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez Cantera, did not initiate any lawsuits against property owners that received value adjustments during his one year in office.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
20200 West Dixie Highway, Miami with Harry Dornbusch and Dr. Joshua Lampert (Google Maps)

Aventura office condo owners allege construction defects at Beacon Tower

Aventura office condo owners allege construction defects at Beacon Tower
Triton Center (iStock)

Questions surround $50M in EB-5 investments tied to former INS building: lawsuit

Questions surround $50M in EB-5 investments tied to former INS building: lawsuit
South Florida’s residential markets bounced back in the third quarter

South Florida’s residential sales rise in Q3, led by surge in Palm Beach County

South Florida’s residential sales rise in Q3, led by surge in Palm Beach County
Dina Goldentayer, Ryan Cohen and the Bal Bay Drive home (Credit: Kris Tamburello/Douglas Elliman)

Lawsuit alleges Harding Realty cut out of $24M Bal Harbour sale, reveals Chewy founder as alleged buyer

Lawsuit alleges Harding Realty cut out of $24M Bal Harbour sale, reveals Chewy founder as alleged buyer
Henry Torres, Roza Radkiewicz and Merrick Manor

Henry Torres and Astor Companies allegedly owe broker $1M-plus commission: lawsuit

Henry Torres and Astor Companies allegedly owe broker $1M-plus commission: lawsuit
ShareMD's John Bardis and Real Capital Partners' Otto Travieso with 7400 Southwest 87th Avenue, Miami (Linkedin, Google Maps)

Miami commercial brokerage alleges it was stiffed on medical office commission

Miami commercial brokerage alleges it was stiffed on medical office commission
Mayi de la Vega and Dora Puig with Palazzo Della Luna (Getty, Twitter)

Luxury brokers battle over $520K commission tied to Fisher Island condo sale

Luxury brokers battle over $520K commission tied to Fisher Island condo sale
 Stefano Santoro, Miguel Pinto and Martin Bravo (Apex)

Stefano Santoro sues ex-brokerage over email list, alleges stolen trade secrets

Stefano Santoro sues ex-brokerage over email list, alleges stolen trade secrets
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...