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Airport boss Joe Lopano upset at tax exemption denial

Cargo airline FedEx has sued Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Rob Turner to get back an exemption from county property taxes on its cargo building at Tampa International Airport.

The facility on airport property had been exempt since FedEx first leased the land in 2000. Hills­borough property appraiser officials say they mistakenly granted the exemption until they caught the error last year.

The company's annual tax bill on the facility for 2010 is between $120,000 and $135,000, said an attorney for the company. Turner contends that FedEx does not qualify for an exemption because the airline isn't performing a function that would otherwise be done by a government agency.

The property appraiser is also moving to revoke exemptions for eight other tenants that share space with FedEx, airport CEO Joe Lopano said. He wrote airport board members Friday that denying property tax exemptions "will undermine the financial health and business development at the airport."

Airport boss Joe Lopano upset at tax exemption denial 08/19/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 19, 2011 8:17pm]
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