Edifice sits empty, but why? - 2004-12-19

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F15.png Edifice sits empty, but why? December 19, 2004, Robert Farley, St. Petersburg Times

And the sooner it's finished, Hamilton said, the sooner the Fort Harrison Hotel will return to the city's tax rolls.

Just 27 percent of the Fort Harrison Hotel is now taxable because portions are used for Scientology practices. The church paid almost $91,000 in taxes on it this year. Once renovated, it will be fully taxable as a hotel with three public restaurants, meeting rooms and a ballroom. This year, that tax bill would have been about $337,000, said Property Appraiser Jim Smith.

On the Flag building, the church now pays only vacant property taxes - $20,407 this year. But once completed, it will be entirely tax exempt because it will be used for religious purposes, Shaw said.


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