Now that Escambia County is taxing us on our leaseholds (land), we are in a “double taxation” situation. Even though we are being taxed on the land and improvements in 2011, the lease fees we pay to the SRIA do not go away. The SRIA Board adopted the 2012 budget at their August 24th meeting. This budget goes on to the County Commissioners for approval. As is always the case, the budget of the SRIA which provides services to visitors, locals and tourists is supported completely by residential and commercial lease fees. Fortunately, there was no increase in residential lease fees. This is the result of PBA successfully challenging the proposed increase for 2011.
Representatives of PBA having been meeting with County Commissioners and SRIA members and urging them to take quick action to provide leaseholders relief from “double taxation”. The SRIA Board will discuss possible remedies at the September 28th board meeting. There will be a joint meeting of the SRIA Board and the Board of County Commissioners in town on at 4:30 pm on October 4th. We need a large turnout at this meeting.
Please show your support for our efforts by joining the PBA