Miami On the Hook For Millions In New Taxes On Marlins Parking Garages

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When we recently counted down the six most absurd lies about the new Marlins Stadium, fib number one was that politicians were working for taxpayers. Even a casual glance over the deal made it clear: This $550 million stadium was a cripplingly expensive gift from struggling taxpayers to the millionaire Jeffrey Loria.

Today comes even more evidence: Miami taxpayers will likely have to pay millions in new property taxes every year on garages we already borrowed $100 million to build. And the Marlins get to keep all the profits! Woooo!

Just as damningly, Miami officials were apparently caught totally off guard by the new tax bill.

Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Pedro Garcia only recently broke the news to Mayor Tomas Regalado and other city honchos that they'll be liable for around $2 million or so in taxes every year on the garages, the Miami Herald reports.

A "steamed" Regalado -- who, remember, runs a city with a $105 million budget gap last year -- tells the Herald "this is going to be huge. That really complicates things for us."

The funny thing is, we wrote about this very issue in our feature about the stadium.

City activist Grace Solares told us in May that the city's "convoluted, Rube Goldberg-style" deal that aimed to spare both the team and the city any tax bills wouldn't work.

Sure enough, Garcia now says that since the Marlins are a for-profit enterprise keeping the lion's share of money made on the 5,700 parking spots the city paid to build, the tax-man is owed his due.

Unfortunately for taxpayers, before the Marlins would sign the city's deal, they insisted on a clause specifying they'd be on the hook for zero taxes.

Turns out, you can't build a private business a brand new facility, let them keep all the cash, and expect tax collectors to look the other way.

What a colossal clusterfuck. In the coming weeks, you'll likely hear city officials and Marlins heads alike posture angrily and declare, "There's nothing we can do. A deal has been signed!"

That's not strictly, true, of course. If both sides of a contract agree to renegotiate the terms, the deal can be restructured.

Regalado -- who, to his credit, did vote against the garage deal while on the commission -- would surely renegotiate the package to put the Marlins on the hook for some taxes.

So the onus lies on Loria, a guy who flat-out lied about his team raking in $49 million in profit in 2008 and 2009 while begging for handouts in County Hall.

Now we've come to this: we very likely could see the City of Miami next year forced into a new round of layoffs, furloughs and service cuts, all so taxpayers can foot the bill for Loria, who recently dropped $22 million to expand his Southamptons estate by six acres.

Can we occupy the Miami Marlins Stadium already?

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Outrowing
Outrowing

no conscience, no ethics, no courage, no shame, no honor, no integrity, no leadership, no balls.  what's your american dream ?  southhamptons ?   something about sinkholes.....(CORAL GABLES)

Disgraced Manny Diaz
Disgraced Manny Diaz

Former Miami Mayor the disgraced Manny Diaz must have known he was helping the Canadian owner of the Marlins screw the taxpayers.

Indict Manny Diaz and that lowlife Marc Sarnoff.

miamiarh
miamiarh

LMFAO!!!!!!!! Go MARLINS! can't wait for the new Stadium!

Mviera821
Mviera821

Occupy the Marlins Stadium...

Corrupt politicians
Corrupt politicians

Corrupt Miami-Dade Commissioner Bruno Barrerio and Corrupt Miami Commissioners Spence-Jones and Marc Sarnoff voted to divert taxpayer money to the privately owned Marlins.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria celebrated by spending $30 Mil on his summer house. IN NEW YORK.

$300,000+ per year firemen
$300,000+ per year firemen

Yes, the property tax owners are on the hook.

Some tourist taxes are used to pay for the Stadium and Garage but that just means there is no money left over to attract and retain tourists. Tourist taxes are supposed to be used to attract and retain tourists.

Now the idiots running Miami have a new $2 mil annual problem. Maybe Miami will lay off one of the 15 firemen who make over $300,000 per year?

$3 BILLION loss
$3 BILLION loss

City Commissioners Marc Sarnoff and the indicted commish Spence-Jones voted for the Marlins deal.

The Stadium and Garage will cost the taxpayers well over $3 BILLION when you add the debt service.

od3052004
od3052004

This just shows how stupid our city commissioners really are, not to mention the idiots in the city attorney's office. Morons!

GlenW
GlenW

Miami has a good college baseball team. Support them instead.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Welcome to the American dream--a billionaire using public fundsto constructa private playgroundfor the rich and powerful.

Before the March 2000 session, Marco Rubio was hardly the scorching conservative who would later woo Tea Partiers nationwide. He said he'd focus on supporting early education and community policing. And he wasn't particularly passionate about cutting spending. In his first three years, he supported adding a $4 surcharge to cruise tickets to fund a Marlins stadium and a $1.2 million earmark to build new bike paths in his district

Ali
Ali

Let's do it, Occupy Marlins Stadium...so messed up!

seep
seep

You can't occupy Marlins' stadium.  It's not like it's public property or anything.

Oh wait...

Goey Zoe
Goey Zoe

Wow. This pisses me off more than I ever thought it would. I LOVE how he has enough to expand on his South Hampton estate, yet due to the fact that the stadium moved less than 10 blocks away from my house, I will have to foot the bill AND have to deal with the absurd traffic this stupid stadium will bring. It's amazing how these politicians can just overlook the people that live in this community and do as they please with no repercussions to them. When will someone actually stand up for the little people because apparently, even if we were to Occupy Marlins Stadium, unless we have a famous person on our side or a person with power, nothing will be done that will benefit and help us as citizens. Makes me sad. 

Geoff Paugam
Geoff Paugam

Well if Miamian boycott Marlins baseball and associated crap...then Loria's gonna have to do something?

Chuck Livid
Chuck Livid

This shit is sick! Occupy that bitch!

Fernie B
Fernie B

cant get over the fact they play with aluminum bats and none of them speak spanish

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Why don't we let them occupy basketball arenas around the countries. We're not using them.” – Jay Leno.

Jeff Dearing
Jeff Dearing

Tim, you know very well that the money spent on the stadium could have gone to other tourism-related infrastructure--a more flexible category of spending than stadium supporters are willing to admit--that taxpayers will indeed finance.

Davidwlash
Davidwlash

Hey stupid, the property tax owners are on the hook, not the tourists.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Every year, millions of taxpayer dollars are poured into stadiums, hockey rinks, baseball parks, and other arenas in order to attract and retain professional sports teams in big cities.  Often the money is spent by the cities after a team "threatens" to leave the city.

When that happens, of course, the local news media act as the willingaccomplices of the billionaires who own the teams.When city and state governments build facilities for sports organizations which are owned by billionaires, and raise taxes as a result, it is clearly an abuse of power.

it time for more recalls /jail time

Fernie B
Fernie B

you cant recall a federal officer... you cant even recall  a state wide officer in Florida.... so we are F in the A with the Stadium , Scott and Rubio

Timelfrink
Timelfrink

Hey numnuts, the tourist staying in hotels will pay for the stadium, not you.

Fernie B
Fernie B

i stand corrected. But you def cannot recall a state officer in the state of florida ala Wisconsin. What I should've said no united states senator has ever been recalled. I think one Rep was recalled or he quit during the recall effort... but no senator has even been recalled. Bit hard to get a million signatures.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Recall of a federal officer is initiated by delivering to the Secretary of State a petition alleging reason for recall. Sufficiency of reason is not reviewable. Proponents have 160 days to file signed petitions. (b) A petition to recall a federal officer must be signed by electors equal in number to 12 percent of the last vote for the office, with signatures from each of 5 counties equal in number to 1 percent of the last vote for the office in the county. Signatures to recall Senators, members of the House, judges of courts of appeal and trial courts must equal in number 20 percent of the last vote for the office. (c) The Secretary of State shall maintain a continuous count of the signatures certified to that office.

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