Rising Florida Property Taxes

Posted date : Feb 27, 2007.Back to list

Panama City Beach, FL –  Canadian Snowbird Association President Gerry Brissenden and Ontario Director Nancy Hopcraft will be in Panama City Beach on Thursday, March 1, 2007 to host a Winter Information Meeting for Canadian and American Snowbirds at the Boardwalk Beach Resort.

The Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) is a national, 80,000 member not-for-profit advocacy organization. It is dedicated to actively defending and improving the rights and privileges of travelling Canadian and American snowbirds.

Canadian Snowbird Association president Gerry Brissenden, accompanied by CSA legal counsel Wallace Weylie, recently addressed the Florida Property Tax Reform Committee at their meeting in Tampa. The opportunity for the association to make a formal in-person deputation to the committee was the result of a separate meeting that the president had recently with outgoing Florida Governor Jeb Bush in Tallahassee.

Canadian and American snowbirds have expressed overwhelming concern with respect to the impact of the disproportionate increases in property taxes.

In essence, many members of the association are indicating that the disproportionate shifting of the property tax burden onto the shoulders of winter Floridians is causing them to seriously consider selling their homes in Florida and relocate their winter residences to other sunbelt states.

The University of Florida estimates that approximately 920,000 temporary winter residents resided in Florida in 2004 (down from 970,000 in 1997). The economic impact this represents to the state of Florida is huge and is measured in the billions of dollars with Canadian snowbirds bringing in close to $4 billion just on their own.

Canadian Snowbird Association President Gerry Brissenden and Ontario Director Nancy Hopcraft will be addressing the issue at the Canadian Snowbird Association’s Winter Information Meeting in Panama City Beach on Thursday, March 1, 2007 at the Boardwalk Beach Resort.

Who: Canadian Snowbird Association President Gerry Brissenden and Ontario Director Nancy Hopcraft.
          
When: 1:00 p.m.(doors open at noon) Thursday, March 1, 2007

Where: Boardwalk Beach Resort, 9400 South Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach

Free Admission/Free Prizes – All are Welcome!

In partnership with Medipac International, the Canadian Snowbird Association holds a series of one day information meetings and two day extravaganzas across the southern United States, comprising professional entertainment as well as useful information and in the case of extravaganzas, a consumer show component.

The presentations-held annually in February and March-are held in several cities in Florida, Texas, Arizona and California.

Entertainment featured at this event includes Tom Leadbeater (a talented Cape Breton balladeer who has toured the world) and John Bressler (the sole American on the tour, he has been described as "Yanni on steroids").

Contacts:
Michael MacKenzie
Communications Officer
Canadian Snowbird Association
(416) 441-7005   

For information on the Canadian Snowbird Association visit www.snowbirds.org