Wednesday, an appeals court urged the Florida Supreme Court to resolve a dispute about whether a city-owned golf course in the Panhandle should be subject to property taxes.
A divided panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal in March sided with Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser Greg Brown and said the course owned by the city of Gulf Breeze should not have received a tax exemption because of a contract with a private management company.
The ruling, which stemmed from taxes in 2016 and 2017, said the contract with IGC-Tiger Point Golf Club, LLC entitled the company to retain any profits and bear the risks of financial losses.
The panel Wednesday rejected a request by the city for a rehearing before the full Tallahassee-based appeals court.
But the panel called on the Supreme Court to decide whether the golf course should be subject to property taxes, a move known as certifying a question of “great public importance” to the Supreme Court.