Posts Tagged ‘exact numbers’

Battle Rages over Value of Manufactured Housing Communities

September 25th, 2013 Comments off

Following up on a post MHProNews last reported Sept. 3, 2013 regarding Equity LifeStyle Properties’ (NYSE:ELS) successful appeal of a sharp rise in taxes on two manufactured housing communities (MHCs) in Florida, over $200,000 in property taxes are once again at stake. Sarasota County Property Appraiser Bill Furst contends the value of Bay Indies in Venice has increased 23 percent over last year’s valuation to $47.3 million, while the value of Lake Village in Nokomis, FL rose 72 percent to $19.5 million. These are the same exact numbers he used last year that were denied. ELS has filed an appeal with the Value Adjustment Board, the same as last year. Tax increases are passed on to residents of the communities, resulting in the National Manufactured Home Owners Association (NMHOA) questioning the formula Furst used. According to, he is using the same methodology as before, sparking the same appeal from ELS. In April he sued ELS trying to force them to produce financial records for the two communities, but statutory law does not require it. In any case, residents will have to pay more if Furst succeeds in increasing the valuation.

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Jobless Claims Drop

January 1st, 2013 Comments off

The Associated Press reports in a further sign the job market is improving, first-time jobless claims fell to a seasonally-adjusted 350,000 last week, the lowest level since March 2008. The four-week average of 356,750 is almost a five-year low. However, since many state unemployment offices were closed Mon. and Tue. of last week and could not provide exact numbers, the Labor Dept. relied on estimates from 19 states in calculating its figures. As MHProNews has learned, although the government’s estimates are generally accurate, revised figures will likely be released.

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Islanders not Interested in Connecticut, says Official

November 26th, 2012 Comments off

As we reported here Fri. Nov. 23, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation is purchasing up to 30 modular homes to be sited on land owned by Faith Church in New Milford, Connecticut to house refugees of Hurricane Sandy from Staten Island (SI) because of the foundation’s ties to SI. StatenIslandLive reports Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) spokesman John Knowles says 18,234 Islanders have asked for some form of aide, and as of late Friday 5,050 residents have been approved for rental assistance. While exact numbers of those living with relatives or having sought help on their own is unknown, SI Borough President James Molinaro, commenting on the Siller foundation offer, says, “No Staten Island is going up there, trust me.” As MHProNews has learned, officials do not want FEMA-style trailers. Molinaro says, “I don’t need colonies of people who are never going to move out. And that is what you will have, colonies of trailers.”

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