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Miami taxpayers one step closer to paying another $1.2 million per year to benefit the Marlins

Feb 22, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

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Last fall we learned that the city of Miami faces an unexpected $1.2 million property tax bill as a result of its largess to Jeff Loria and the Miami Marlins. Seems the city thought that a stadium parking garage it built and paid for is not going to be exempt from property taxes because, despite the fact that it is a publicly-owned facility, it is used for the benefit of a private business (i.e. the Marlins). Which leases it from the city. And profits from it, of course.

State lawmakers have been trying to pass a bill that would save Miami from having to pay that property tax — sorry schools, roads and infrastructure! — but they’ve hit a roadblock: the bill appears as though it would be unconstitutional.

How will this ever be resolved?

  • (a) Someone in Tallahassee will figure out how to ram the law though one way or another, thereby shorting the county’s coffers of tax revenue that it has every right to given that the parking garage is a profit center for both the city and the Marlins;
  • (b) No law will be passed and Miami taxpayers will have to pony up an extra $1.2 million on top of what they’re already paying to enrich Jeff Loria; or
  • (c) Loria and the Marlins will do the right thing and compensate the city for the property taxes, what with the garage being a publicly-funded cash cow for the team and $1.2 million being mere rounding error for them, thanks in part to the giant windfall they have already received?

If your guess is (c), you have no paid much attention to how the business of publicly funded stadiums has gone on in this country over the past 20 years or so.

  1. yodougmurphy - Feb 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    (c), Motherf****r.

    • asharak - Feb 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      Oh, well played. Well played, sir.

    • El Bravo - Feb 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      Si, motherf@cker.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      http://www.gifbin.com/982166

    • HitsDingers - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      +1

    • cur68 - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      FTW

  2. tomtravis76 - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    It is still 81 home baseball games. The Marlins better have seat fillers on the gameday payroll. They will be crushed by the media for having an empty stadium come mid-May. But then again why would Loria care, he is making tons of money now, even before one concession item has been sold.

  3. Old Gator - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    “Someone would have to sue.”

    Gimme a break, idiot. Does the name “Norman Braman” mean anything to you?

    I say soak the goddamned city. Maybe it will be one more prod to the dimwitted voters of Macondo to stop voting lockstep ethnic like a bunch of decerebrated sheep and take the time to vet your candidates on the basis of their integrity, the soundness of their ideas instead of the island they came from.

  4. mackie66 - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    When the smoke settles and political croonies are off to jail, then we(public) might know just how deep the graft went to get this stadium built. Parking garage should pay the property tax like us sorry home owners do. But then there would be another 1.2 million wasted on public schools. Dont forget you gotta graft the unions.

  5. Nick C - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    As I commented in the original post, this is just an epic fail by the city’s lawyers. As an attorney in the leasing business I can tell that it is a standard provision in ALL lease contracts that the lessee is responsible for ALL taxes. Reading through the article this line jumped out at me:

    “Regalado, who voted against the stadium as a sitting commissioner, said he opposed the deal because the Marlins would not be on the hook to pay for more expenses.
    “I don’t even think that the conversation about taxes took place,” Regalado said.”

    What!?!? How could this not even come up? The city’s only hope is that they engaged outside counsel to negotiate and draft this lease. Then they might have a slim chance of prevailing in a malpractice suit against the firm.

  6. AlohaMrHand - Feb 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Ok well SOMEBODY has to pay to keep that aquarium clean…

  7. sawxalicious - Feb 22, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Wasn’t there a story a few months back about a law in Florida requiring publicly funded stadiums to house the homeless on off-days? This story really makes me hope they turn that stadium into a soup kitchen or a battered women’s shelter….

  8. rcali - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Recession? What recession?

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