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West Covina : Tax District Vote Delayed

March 28, 1991

The City Council on Monday postponed a final vote on a special-tax arrangement for a proposed development of 291 luxury hillside homes near the BKK landfill after a resident questioned its legality.

Last month, the council voted 4 to 1 to establish a Mello-Roos Community Facilities District for the 308-acre site west of Citrus Street. The 1983 Mello-Roos state law allows taxes to be imposed on planned communities before residents move in, to help developers pay for streets and other improvements.

On Monday, resident Robert Reich questioned whether it was legal for city officials to use Mello-Roos funding to assist the developer since 90% of the improvements are already completed. Councilwoman Nancy Manners requested that the final vote be delayed until April 8, so the council can get an opinion on the legality.

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