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As they say … AND NOW FOR THE REST OF THE STORY.
MICA would like to present itself as some type of “moral authority” on Marco Island, and does so while dodging paying property taxes on some $15 million dollars of real estate that it owns … which in theory benefits its “members,” but at the expense of all Collier County residents who get to subsidize MICA’s facilities and operations they don’t get to use. In 2012, the Marco Island Country Club paid some $72,000 in property taxes, the Marco Island Yacht Club paid about $29,000 and in Naples, the Port Royal Beach Club paid some $66,000. MICA’s taxes for 2012 should have been about $185,000 and they paid “ZERO”, which means over the years they’ve ducked out on millions. So much for the “moral authority” smoke screen.
As a Libertarian, my general assertion is that governments at all levels have gotten too big, and that over taxation of individuals and corporations serves to stifle the economy. We need to shrink the size of government and reduce taxes, but I also believe in fairness and equal treatment ... user fees or minimal taxation without all sorts of waivers or exemptions for "special interests" ... would help insure that those receiving benefits also contribute to their costs.
Personally, as a member of MICA and as someone who lives fairly close to the putt-putt course and has actually played on it once, I think both MICA and Mr. Kramer deserve some time behind the woodshed. It would seem MICA’s nose is bent and asserts Mr. Kramer had the audacity to ignore them, which he may have; and, it seems Mr. Kramer sought to mediate with MICA following the filing of the suit, and that MICA refused that.
The matter obviously needs resolution, and the resolution is NOT tearing down the course.
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