I live in a Manufactured Home Community in Lake Wales, a 55+ park, along with other seniors. For 2012, our park received a tax increase of $34,688, along with an increased value assessment of 66 percent. This was in addition to the $104,509 we paid in 2011. While you may think all of these taxes are paid by the park owner, think again; every dollar of tax increase is passed thru to the senior residents as part of their leased land agreements. It is we senior residents who pay the taxes.
This huge tax increase of $34,688 was caused because some large conglomerate bought up nine of these manufactured home communities counties here in Polk County. While I realize the tax accessor’s office was following the law in having to reevaluate all manufactured home communities as to their new value, based on what these nine sold for, there is no justifiable reason for the failure of Marsha Faux’s office not petitioning the State for relief or adjustment from these required tax assessments. Further, this increase hit only the manufactured home communities, not site-built home sites, not agriculture, not business, etc.
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