You would want to call the Manatee Property Appraiser's office and discuss the proceedure with them. We are seeing that taxes did come down from 2007 to 2008, some properties saw more of a drop than others. I always advise my clients not to put too much weight on the current taxes, as they always change. There are also factors such as homestead exemption and other exemptions that will change a tax amount.
Regarding the condo fees if other owners are in default, quite a few of the associations are currently assessing the owners for delinquent fees on defaulting units. The associations are bound to uphold the budgets that they pass every year and any short-fall must be made up.
Please let me know if I can further explain anything,
Maryann Lawler, REALTOR
Keller Williams Realty of Greater Manatee
Direct: (941) 586-8257