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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1998
Voters in one of the county's safest cities have for the fifth time agreed to extend a property tax to pay for police, fire and paramedic services. The special safety tax, Measure H, sailed to victory. It was first approved in 1982. This time, 86% of voters approved an increase in property taxes from $324 to $881 a year. The special tax raises about $4 out of every $10 spent on the police and fire departments.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1997
A panel of judges has ruled that a Los Angeles County board violated a state law by failing to give taxpayers who were appealing their property tax assessment enough notice before their hearings. The board must now pay whatever 23 taxpayers had asked for on their refund application, said their attorney, Robert A. Pool. He said they should receive a total of $1.5 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
As fire season creeps in with high winds and hot weather, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials are drumming up support for Proposition E, a special tax on the June 3 ballot that would help maintain current staffing levels after a portion of their budget is lost. "There is a misconception in the public about how we're funded," said Assistant Fire Chief Stephen J. Alexander, who has toured his division area speaking about the proposition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1997 | JOSH MEYER and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles County's system of assessing, collecting--and, most important for many people--lowering property taxes is nightmarishly archaic, underfunded and unworkable, officials told the Board of Supervisors Thursday. But overhauling the system, which probably will cost more than $10 million, will have to wait. A much more urgent problem could send the entire property tax system into a "meltdown" if it is not addressed first.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1997 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman has exactly 90 days to convince Los Angeles voters that they should pony up $52 million for critically important fire services lost with the passage of local tax-slashing Proposition 218. That is the assignment the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors handed him Tuesday when it unanimously voted to hold a special election June 3 seeking approval of a special assessment to maintain fire services.
BUSINESS
December 31, 1996 | KAREN KAPLAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Governments routinely use computer software to streamline operations and save taxpayers money. Now eight California counties want to use certain kinds of software as a means of generating tax revenue. Los Angeles, Orange and six other counties filed a lawsuit in state court, seeking to collect personal property taxes on important software on computers that IBM Corp. and other companies lease to businesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1996 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking to simplify the county's labyrinthine property tax collection system, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday ordered various agencies to seek ways to expedite the appeals process for homeowners who have overpaid property taxes. "Nothing infuriates the public more than paying the government money that they know they are going to get back," said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who introduced the motion. "It drives people batty."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1996 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the surface, the $319-million parks measure on the Los Angeles County ballot is very simple. Underneath lies a story of intense behind-the-scenes bargaining at the Board of Supervisors. For Measure A was carefully crafted to draw maximum support by offering something for almost everyone from young people in danger of joining gangs to seniors needing a safe place to meet. The ballot measure would raise property taxes modestly--an estimated $6.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1996
County Assessor Kenneth P. Hahn shaved $2.6 billion off Los Angeles County's property tax rolls as real estate prices continued their slide of the last several years. But officials voiced hope that the market was coming out of its tailspin. In his assessment roll release this week, Hahn noted positive signs: more new construction, a slower drop in prices than in previous years and the first downturn in the rate of foreclosures in five years. The 0.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1996 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chastened by hostile public reaction to its tax proposal, the Los Angeles Community College District board will meet Tuesday to begin whittling down a $390-million wish list that the district will present to voters for approval this fall. Projects that probably will be deleted from the proposed spending plan include a $6.
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