Dec 10, 2009, 10:22 AM
Post #22 of 39
First thing that you have to remember is that you are living in Mexico. Some things just aren't consistent from day to day or area to area or issue to issue. It’s one of the reasons most of us are here, a different lifestyle.
While the story of Rebar sticking out from houses is because the men are working in the USA and are sending money home to build a second story may be true in one particular case. To post it as a fact throughout Mexico may be misleading or itself starting an "urban legend". In some cases it may be true.
There is also merit to the story of paying lower, if any, property taxes at all by not completing construction. I have heard this story for many years from Mexican wealthy, Mexican poor and Americans property owners from many different parts of Mexico. As you live in Mexico you will find inconsistencies due to changes in political appointments, municipalities, family ties etc..
The property tax issue is a difficult one. For example, recently in Guaymas, Sonora they were offering a 20% discount to people that have not paid their taxes for 5 years as an incentive for collection. Many of these property owners still refused to pay based on the claim of corruption in the past and partially because it is hard to enforce (especially in the poor districts). Neither political party is looking for the reputation on kicking the poor from their houses. Although there are some areas where, in the past, some local Politicos have waited until after the ten year period and paid the taxes themselves, thus acquiring title to the property.
The advice to go down to your city hall and ask them if rebars sticking out of the roof will allow you to avoid property taxes wouldn’t be recommended unless you are looking to pay the most allowable to be charged for your taxes. As in the States your property tax assessment can be challenged. Many laws are enforced by interpretations and have loopholes if you know the right people.
Absolutes are something that we all get used to not having. There may be two sides to every story but the truth is generally somewhere in-between.