“We’re very honored to have the president here, but at the same time, his travel here is such high frequency he’s not visiting Palm Beach County — he’s governing from it.”
And with that, Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner sets up the predicament. Every day Trump is in Mar-a-Lago, it costs the municipality $60,000 in heightened security costs (not to mention the millions being lost to the local economy through closures of airports, etc.). Despite pleas from the County, Trump has signaled that the federal government has no intention to help foot the bill – already well over $2 million this year.
The County, facing a budgetary crisis, is going to do something about it.
Kerner is calling for change in Mar-a-Lago’s taxing that would turn it into a “special taxing district.” ABC News explains that Mar-a-Lago is considered a club, which protects it from the higher property taxes of hotels and resorts. “It also gets a tax break because Trump surrendered development rights after he purchased the property from the estate of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post for $10 million in 1985,” they continue.
In a recent interview with Money Magazine, Kerner said, “We’re very honored to have the president here, but at the same time, his travel here is such high frequency he’s not visiting Palm Beach County — he’s governing from it. Whatever our priorities are, the taxpayers didn’t pay this money to us to protect the president.”