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NEWS
September 19, 1991 | IRENE CHANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alhambra voters Tuesday approved a property tax hike to raise $75 million for a new police station. It was the first time that voters had passed a bond measure since 1955, when money was raised to build the city's current police station. A similar proposal failed in 1988. "This is a prime example of a grass-roots effort getting voters to pass a tax initiative in difficult economic times," said Mark Paulson, co-chairman of Alhambra Citizens Against Crime, which supported the measure.
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REAL ESTATE
July 16, 1989 | JENNY ERICKSON, Erickson is a Westlake Village homeowner.
For older Californians in the last few years, the lucky numbers 13, 60 and 90 have replaced the traditional seven and 11. Thanks to the initiative process, Proposition 13 was approved by the voters in 1978 and rolled back property tax assessments to their 1975 basis. It also limited the yearly inflation adjustment to 2% and gave retired seniors a chance to remain in their homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2010 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
About 405,000 homeowners in Los Angeles County can expect to see lower property taxes later this year, the county assessor said Wednesday. Those most likely to receive reductions purchased their homes or condominiums after July 1, 2003, just as the housing market bubble began to inflate, Assessor Robert Quon said. In some cases, tax reductions were granted for properties purchased earlier than 2003, including in Compton, East Los Angeles, Paramount, Pomona and Van Nuys. In hard-hit Lancaster and Palmdale, those who purchased homes as early as the 1980s may see tax cuts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2012 | By Jack Dolan and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
Corruption allegations roiling the Los Angeles County assessor's office have reached a former Hollywood landmark: the Old Spaghetti Factory on Sunset Boulevard. Last summer, Ramin Salari, a property tax consultant and campaign fundraiser for county Assessor John Noguez, lobbied to reduce the shuttered restaurant's tax bill because, he said, the land it sat on wasn't worth the $14 million his clients had paid for it. He convinced Noguez's staff to assess the shuttered eatery, and four smaller parcels nearby, for $7.2 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles County officials are cracking down on potential county contractors with overdue property tax bills. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a law to require those applying to become county contractors to certify that they don't owe property taxes. Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina were not at the meeting and did not vote on the proposal. The new requirement comes at a time of countywide belt-tightening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER
Property owners will see a slight increase in their 1994-95 property taxes to help pay off a 1980 bond measure. Owners will be charged an extra $3.82 per $100,000 in the appraised value of their property. The tax increase will raise $561,222, according to city reports. Anaheim voters approved a ballot measure in 1980 to fund $10 million in storm drain improvements. The bond has financed storm drain projects on Euclid Street, South Street, Vermont Avenue and Lincoln Avenue.
NEWS
May 16, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Voters decided to raise property taxes in Alabama's largest school system amid warnings that high school football would be scrapped if the plan failed. With 93% of the ballots in Mobile County counted, unofficial returns showed the proposal passing with 57,148 votes in favor and 44,421 opposed. Supporters said the measure would raise about $27 million, helping to offset millions in state cutbacks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The deadline for paying the first installment on Ventura County property taxes without facing a costly late fee is 5 p.m. today. Those who miss the deadline will be assessed a 10% penalty, based on the amount of the tax owed, said Larry Matheney, assistant treasurer-tax collector for Ventura County. Mailed payments must be postmarked no later than today. About 70% of 231,000 property tax bills sent out have been paid, Matheney said. The second round of property taxes will be due Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1985
I strongly object to the Los Angeles County Tax Collector's attempt to stampede real property owners into paying the second installment of their taxes before Jan. 1, 1986. This was based on the assumption that property taxes would be eliminated as an income-tax deduction starting in 1986. The front page of the property tax bill carries the admonition, "Avoid possible loss of income tax deduction." The reverse side shows a tabulation with the heading "Possible Federal Income Tax Savings--pay full property taxes before Jan. 1, 1986."
NEWS
December 6, 1991 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Southland counties will have to repay an estimated $14 million in property taxes they withheld from cities, schools and special districts in a flap over tax collection and jail booking fees, a Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled Thursday. Judge James T. Ford found that a 1990 state law does not allow county tax collectors to seize property taxes to recover newly imposed fees that some cities have balked at paying to book prisoners into county jails.
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