Your June 16 article entitled "South Bay Cities Aim to End Up in the Black" implied that property owners living in cities such as Lawndale and Lomita do not pay property taxes. To the contrary, all property owners pay property taxes! I would like to, however, call to your attention a situation of inequity that exists today.
There are currently 30 California cities in which property taxes are collected but are not directly returned to the city of origin. These cities, prior to Proposition 13, did not levy a city property tax; consequently they were left out of the tax allocation formula created by the state Legislature after the passage of Proposition 13. The city of Carson is one of these "non-sharing" property tax cities and in effect we are subsidizing other local jurisdictions. All property owners (residential, commercial, etc.) pay the same tax rate (1% of assessed valuation).
Yes, as your article pointed out, South Bay cities will end up in the black for this year, but what about next year or the year after? Our city cannot share in any incremental tax increase resulting from new developments or when property is reassessed at the time of sale. Is it fair for 30 cities to be deprived of a stable source of revenue enjoyed by all other cities for the past seven years?