Sometimes the truth really is stranger than fiction. CCA owns land in Southwest Ranches, FL, where it intends to build an immigration detention center, despite intense opposition from the local residents. Well this particular area of Florida has a tax exemption for agricultural (i.e. not correctional) purposes, whereby if you have cows on your property you pay significantly lower taxes. Well, leave it to CCA to exploit this loophole – they have utilized it to pay a tax bill that’s only 5% of what they should have. The county should have collected $60,000 in taxes last year, but CCA paid only $3,000. And what’s even worse is that no goddamn cows have been seen on the property in months. Many local residents pay more in taxes than CCA does.
But heartless shill Steve Owen, a company spokesman, just claimed that the cows had been rotated to another property, and the company isn’t doing anything wrong.