Q. It appears that this ordinance is penalizing me by classifying my unit as a short- term rental. Why are we being lumped in with others who use their units as short-term rentals? This tax change will double our property taxes.
A. Both ordinance 5159 and 5160 classify second homes that are not rented, but allow transient occupancy via zoning, as short-term rental. The classification is based upon the highest use allowed by zoning, which is typical for real property taxes. The change was made to improve parity within condominium properties and between condominium and non-condominium properties. Properties with similar rights are classified the same, unless they are rented long-term or are owner-occupied and have a home exemption. These two exceptions are intended to address the county's resident housing shortage.