None of the teams with a public landlord pay property tax. The Dodgers do, but their payments for the last three years — $2.02 million in 2007, $2.29 million in 2008 and $2.37 million in 2009, according to the office of the county treasurer and tax collector — represent a small fraction of the rent.
Also, the property taxes are paid not by Blue Land but by another McCourt entity, Realco Intermediary LLC, according to county records.
The Dodgers first assessed themselves rent in July 2006. The rental rate rose annually, from $14.2 million in 2007 — the first full year they charged themselves rent — to $15.2 million last year, according to court records. Wilhelm said the lower rent this year reflected an accounting change.
Before this year, the Dodgers did not pay much of their rent. The Dodgers actually transferred to Blue Land only the money necessary to pay the debt on the loan, according to court filings.