Regarding the Speaking Out article by Jenny Erickson ("Property Tax Transfers Hit Gridlock," July 16):
The essence of government is to implement laws and serve the people. Apparently, this is not the case in the offices of the assessor and tax collector.
I was outraged upon finding that Proposition 60 was being "bungled" and stalled in the Hall of Administration bureaucracy. As a result, thousands of senior citizens who have sold their homes and re-purchased residences in Los Angeles County under Proposition 60 may have tax liens upon their properties. Upon investigation, many homeowners who have filed their Proposition 60 papers find inadequate administration of the program, thus jeopardizing titles to their properties.
As a city founder and former councilman, I assumed leadership of our state volunteer organization upon the passing of Howard Jarvis. I know the system, and how it should work. And, I can tell you--frankly--that Howard must be turning over in his grave thinking about how a county with its $9.6 billion budget, is balancing its cash flow by excess collections of taxes from senior citizens.