Making sense of Marco taxes

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  • The city has since posted a more detailed budget on their Web site, cityofmarcoisland.com and the Marco Eagle has links to the budget in online stories.
  • Not too many parcels on Marco went up,” Lilly said.
2010 City of Marco Island tax table comparing 2009 tax rate of 1.3917 mils to the proposed 2010 rate of 1.75 mils

Numbers provided by Amadeo Petricca, MITA

2010 City of Marco Island tax table comparing 2009 tax rate of 1.3917 mils to the proposed 2010 rate of 1.75 mils

— A compromise is being sought by residents on the recommended 26 percent tax rate increase.

Few spoke Monday after City Manager Steve Thompson presented a brief budget overview with a proposed tax rate increase to 1.75 mils, or about a 26 percent increase from last year’s 1.3917 mils.

The city has since posted a more detailed budget on their Web site, cityofmarcoisland.com and the Marco Eagle has links to the budget and other resources.

In the June Marco Island Taxpayers’ Association newsletter, MITA president Fay Biles said she recommended a millage rate of 1.5940 mils, or $1.59 per $1,000 of taxable property value.

Amadeo Petricca, of the MITA board, said the association met this week and agreed compromise with the city will be sought to minimize the increased tax rate proposed by Thompson and the council thus far.

Kevin Lilly, tax roll analyst of the Collier County Appraiser’s Office, said he gets a lot of calls as cities, including Marco, begin sharing information on their tax rate.

“A lot of people don’t understand it’s just the city portion of their property tax bill being discussed,” Lilly said.

He said the figures on individual properties are currently being published on the county appraiser’s Web site, collierappraiser.com, so taxpayers can begin estimating their specific tax based on their property’s value.

“Some parcels went down in value 20 percent, some down less than that. The average is about a 10.4 percent decrease on Island property values. Not too many parcels on Marco went up,” Lilly said.

He added that in mid-August taxpayers will be getting an estimated tax bill in the mail based on preliminary tax rates sent in early August from the city, school district, county and other taxing district officials.

The Eagle hopes to hear readers opinions and analysis as more information is released. Contact the reporter via e-mail, kfarrell@marconews.com or post comments online. Leave your name, and your voice will likely be heard in the upcoming issue of the Marco Eagle as budget analysis continues.

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lauralbi1 writes:

MITA ?? Compromise ?? The elction is long over and the Council elected by 61% of the voters is very capable of coming to their own decisions. Why would a special interest group that, by membership, represents less than 5%-10% (will find out) of the voting public on Marco be negotiating anything with Council ?? They do not speak for me
Ed Issler

EdFoster writes:

That's okay, Ed. I'm sure MITA won't miss your support and doesn't seek to speak for you. If MITA can reduce runaway taxes by convincing the City fathers that some desirable projects are not essential at this time of financial crisis, you can pay for the unessential ones out of your own pocket if you wish. MITA won't object. Let's see if your pocketbook opens as wide as your mouth.

Ed Foster

lauralbi1 writes:

Ed: With all due respect, your long distance impressions, suggestions or ego fulfilling diatribes, are not applicable any longer on Marco Island. We are getting on wonderfully since your departure, as you can read for yourself. I think the more appropriate action is for you (CARES) to reimburse the City $500,000 for the fees you caused the City to waste to satisfy your own ego, paranoia and goal of disrupting the STRP.
Oh, and let me close by saying that reminding the Council about MITA and what and who they represent is not necessary as they already know and there will be no negotiating (in reality) with this special interest group by Council. I do not speak for Council, but this is just the reality of the situation!!!
Ed Issler

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