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FPL tops in taxes in the county


It's November, and that's when your property taxes begin to be due, though people with a mortgage usually count on their mortgage holder to pay them out of escrow.


Still, if a look at your property tax bill makes you want to howl and scream at the County Commission or Property Appraiser, consider this: you're paying a lot less than some people.


Florida Power & Light paid a bit more than $11.8 million in taxes, to lead the top 10 taxpayer list in Manatee County for the 2009 tax year. Right behind was Tropicana Products Inc. at a little more than $5.8 million and Gulfstream Natural Gas System LLC at a tad more than $2.6 million.


Below is the complete list, with their taxable values.


Rank Property Owner Taxable Value Gross Tax
1.  Florida Power & Light Co $766,767,082 $11,851,331.12
2. Tropicana Products Inc $332,643,271 $5,859,185.89
3.  Gulfstream Natural Gas System LLC $171,392,520 $2,612,630.75
4. Verizon Florida Inc $155,165,075 $2,501,689.00
5.  Gulf Coast Factory Shops $105,584,090 $1,661,685.07
6.  Wal-Mart Stores Inc $91,341,611 $1,669,419.98
7.  Manatee Memorial Hospital $87,351,329 $1,652,336.36
8.  Bright House Networks LLC $81,952,954 $1,328,187.80
9.  Benderson $67,656,509 $1,275,898.97
10.  HCA Health Services of Florida Inc $62,931,267 $1,189,801.60


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