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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1996 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brushing aside threats of a recall campaign, trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District narrowly voted Thursday to impose a new districtwide tax planned to hit more than 1 million properties in the county as early as November. Climaxing a raucous six-hour public hearing, the board of trustees voted 4 to 3 to begin charging each homeowner in the sprawling, 882-square-mile district an annual $12 assessment, and varying amounts for other properties.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1996 | TIM MAY
Mission College recently mailed letters to about 500 homeowners explaining how the college would use campus improvement funds raised by a controversial new community college district property tax. The money would be generated by the planned "landscape and lighting assessment district," under which all homeowners in the Los Angeles Community College District will be assessed $12 per parcel annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1996
A divided Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday urged the board of the Los Angeles Community College District to withdraw its recently approved property assessment or put the matter to voters in November. Several lawmakers asked their colleagues to leave the issue alone, noting the importance of the community college system to California's future as well as voters' perennial distaste for the colleges' bids for funds.
NEWS
July 6, 1996 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bowing to public pressure, Los Angeles Community College District trustees voted Friday to suspend a controversial tax on 1 million properties set to take effect this year and to instead let voters decide the issue in a November election. The 5-0 vote by the district's board of trustees reversed a yearlong plan to impose the tax--including an annual $12 charge on homeowners--without direct public approval. It came during a special meeting on the last possible day to call such an election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1996 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Apparently reversing course, Los Angeles Community College District trustees signaled their readiness Wednesday to delay a controversial districtwide tax plan for at least a year and place the issue before voters in November. Faced with a looming recall drive, district officials announced that the trustees will hold a special meeting Friday to consider placing the tax measure on the ballot. Several trustees said the board majority has now shifted in favor of holding an election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1995 | JOHN CHANDLER
Seeking to avoid an immediate defeat and to perhaps return later, the chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District has postponed a scheduled vote Wednesday on a controversial districtwide property tax hike proposal affecting about 1 million parcels. The measure, derided by critics as an attempt to evade the tax hike limits of Proposition 13, had faced defeat Wednesday with the district's Board of Trustees apparently deadlocked 3-3 on the issue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1995 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that critics protested as an attempt to evade Proposition 13 limits on tax increases, the Los Angeles Community College District is proposing an unusual tax hike on nearly one million properties that an obscure provision of state law empowers the district to impose without a public vote. Relying on a statute intended to fund services such as landscaping and lighting, college officials are considering a plan to raise $8.
NEWS
April 5, 1995 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owners of as many as 25,000 earthquake-damaged buildings in Los Angeles County paid too much in property taxes last December, the result of a lag in post-earthquake real estate reassessments. Some homeowners were levied penalties for failing to pay the overbilled amount. While County Assessor Kenneth P. Hahn said most problems have now been resolved, his office has yet to reassess about 2,000 structures, mostly condominiums and shopping centers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1995 | KIM KOWSKY
Homeowners who believe the Los Angeles County assessor's office was overly optimistic about their home's assessed value for 1995 have until Friday to file an assessment appeals form, but it could be a year or more before their appeal is heard. Last year, 80,000 homeowners appealed the county's assessment of their home's value, which is used to calculate property taxes owed by homeowners. To date, none of the appeals have been heard.
BUSINESS
February 15, 1994 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The disastrous Northridge earthquake is providing some of the region's more enterprising property tax consultants with what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shake up business. Law firms and brokerages, including giant CB Commercial, have turned earthquake property tax relief into a new product line, charging up to $500 to help clients prepare simple, one-page relief applications--a practice government officials frown on.
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