Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fore! .... What??

Yep. Sure looks like a wildlife preserve to me.

It sure seems like a stretch to call the golf resort a wildlife preserve so they should get an additional tax reduction.

The city has gone out of its way to grant tax abatements and the like to the developers, this now seems to be greed driven.

Don't give in on this Appraisal District.

PGA resort fights for another tax break
By Karisa King - Express-News

Four years after the city granted a famously controversial tax deal to the PGA Tour golf resort, the owner is fighting for lower property taxes by claiming the site's two golf courses provide a wildlife refuge for birds and deer.

In a legal battle with the Bexar Appraisal District, the owner, SA Real Estate, contends about 375 acres of land used for the golf courses merits a wildlife management valuation worth about $1.4 million in tax savings over the past two years.

That amount doesn't include future tax breaks on the land, valued this year at about $15.6 million.

“They've gone out of their way to comply with everything that the law requires,” said Tim Parma, a tax agent for the company. “They've got a very green, environmentally friendly golf course.”

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