I am still not really understanding the argument that because you pay rent in a marina that you are paying taxes to the community. I’ve heard that before and don’t buy into it. Everyone in the marina is doing that.
BTW you can’t claim residency on that argument, unless you establish that marina as you permanent residence.
I think for voting purposes you can do that.
Every boat in the marina therefore is paying taxes to the community then. The marina is a for profit enterprise. In its P/L under disbursements it has a section for property taxes, mortgage , rent , insurance etc. All for profit
stores, enterprises etc are built the same. Let’s take a car was for example.....do you consider every patron of the car wash contributing to the real estate taxes in the community. Doubtful you would view every time you spend money anywhere you believe you contribute to the taxes in the community. If you do believe that then everyone is contributing. However the people who own real estate pay double then.
In the case of permanent live aboards like houseboats, etc. where people live full time in one spot and are not cruising I can sede your point of view. Like I said previously I believe that is only a very small segment of liveaboards as many more marinas restrict people from living aboard than allow it.
The concept of municipal marinas with liveaboards is a west coast thing I think. I haven’t see any on the east coast in my limited travels
I was not suggesting that an individual who rents a slip is "directly" paying property taxes, but yes, that individual is "indirectly" paying property taxes. The renter is paying a fee to the property owner. The property owner, in turn, is using some of the payment from the renter to pay the property taxes on the marina. If property taxes on the marina double, you can bet that the marina owner is going to increase his rental fees.
The same is true of a car wash owner. Each time someone pays to have their car washed, some of that fee will be used by the property owner to pay his property taxes, as well as his water bill, soap bill, utility bill, wages for employees etc. So yes, in essence, every time someone pays to have their car washed at a car wash facility, they are indirectly paying property taxes.