Crist wants BP to pay for property losses

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Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:40 am

Crist wants BP to pay for property losses

Crist OKs appraisers to assess values so homeowners, businesses can file claims

Bill Cotterell • News Journal capital bureau • July 22, 2010

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Charlie Crist authorized property appraisers Wednesday to calculate lost real-estate values caused by the Gulf oil spill, so homeowners and businesses can send the tab to BP.

His action drew approval from some affected property appraisers, although staff time and cost of reappraisals will be tough on cash-strapped counties.

Crist signed an executive order for the 26 Gulf counties under his previously declared state of emergency, authorizing appraisers "to provide an interim assessment of any property that may have dropped in value because of the oil spill. Property owners can then use that documentation to file a complaint against BP or any other responsible party."

It's unclear how much the additional costs will be in Escambia County, said Escambia Property Appraiser Chris Jones.

Appraisals are based on values as of Jan. 1. Property owners will still have to pay taxes but, in counties that implement Crist's executive order, the governor said "an interim assessment will give homeowners the documentation they need to hold BP accountable."

Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones and Greg Brown, the Santa Rosa County appraiser, said Crist made a good start.

"We're going to have to evaluate how that's going to impact property owners," Brown said. "But I take it as a positive sign."

He said he will contact the state Department of Revenue for an "interpretation of how they want us to do that, then we'll get about the business of helping the citizens of Santa Rosa County."

"It basically gives them a down-and-dirty value that they can use, in turn, to send to BP for a claim," Jones said.

Jones and Brown had written to Crist earlier this month asking for relief for homeowners and business operators whose lands are no longer worth the assessments made months before the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Senate Finance & Tax Committee staff director Bob McKee on Tuesday told senators that the state has provided property-tax relief six times before following disasters such as wildfires and hurricanes. The previous property-tax relief has come in the form of refunds, deferrals and extended discount periods.

Members of the committee expressed concern Tuesday that tax breaks or other benefits the state provides impacted residents of the Panhandle could be interpreted as a set-off against any claims against BP.

"We could inadvertently pay claims we couldn't seek from an at-fault party in the future," said state Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart.
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Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:55 am

It would be interesting to see what magic formula or methodology the Tax Appraisers will use to get a oil spill "down-and-dirty value that they can use,in turn, to send to BP for a claim". Sounds like political double speak to me. Now we have a fall guy to blame for all the short sales and bank foreclosures that have depressed real estate prices and created unemployment in 26 counties in FL.
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Sat Aug 07, 2010 1:12 pm

I was not the only one that questioned the intent of Mr. Brown , Mr. Jones and Gov. Crist political arbitrary appraisals on the loss of property value assessments caused by the BP oil spill. Statewide Property Appraisers seem to agree with me.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/pol ... 2588.story sheads more light on this issue.

IMO We have suffered loss of value caused by the economy, taxes on rented government property and the BP oil spill. True appraisal value should be reflected in actual appraisals not some political shenanigan to make the politicians look good to the voters in EC and SRC.
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