Property Taxes where paid at a different rate to national government instead of local government by a lot of the old timers like the Parhams and Alamillas and even after the annexing of the entire island by San Pedro Town government the families continued to pay national government at the old rate.
Most of the island was owned by those two families.
"By virtue of their massive landholdings, the Parhams, Blakes and Alamillas were able to control practically every facet of economic life on the island. They dominated, in particular, the industries which alternately formed the island's economic backbone: logwood, chicle and coconuts."
There is a long standing argument of to whom the taxes should be paid and of course the lower rate for a coconut plantation instead of hundreds of million dollar lots paid to national government would be a prefered choice.