Judge: property sale will pay fallen Surfside condo’s taxes

Money from the sale of the Surfside beachfront property where a collapsed condominium tower once stood will be used to pay property taxes of the destroyed units, a judge ordered Monday.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman said in a brief ruling that the 2022 tax payments should not be deducted from the $96 million previously earmarked to compensate owners of the 136 units of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida. The building collapsed June 24, 2021, killing 98 people.

Instead, Hanzman said the taxes should not be paid by the owners. Instead, the taxes — a little under $800,000 combined,

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