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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2012 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County could receive almost $50 million less than expected in property taxes next year, according to the latest estimates, which could lead to cuts in law enforcement, education and other services. Last year, Assessor John Noguez estimated that the county property tax base would grow by almost $18.7 billion for the next fiscal year. But he revised that figure to $5.1 billion last week. Property in Los Angeles County was valued at $1.1 trillion last year. Taxes paid on that real estate is the county's largest source of locally generated revenue and helps fund a variety of services and agencies, including the Sheriff's Department, county education office and Fire Department.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2010 | By Kim Christensen, Ruben Vives and Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times
The city of Bell illegally raised its property taxes in 2007 and must immediately give up $2.9 million it has collected since then, state Controller John Chiang said Friday. Chiang ordered Bell to immediately reduce the "retirement tax" rate, which its City Council increased in 2007 to cover rising pension costs for its employees. The reductions will apply to the next round of property taxes due in November, said Jacob Roper, a spokesman for Chiang. "Taxpayers should not have had to pay that money," Roper said.
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.
OPINION
April 5, 1998 | Andrew Reding, Andrew Reding is a member of the Sanibel City Council, a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute, and an associate editor of Pacific News Service
Proposition 13 hexed the property tax as a reliable source of government revenue. As voters around the country followed California's lead and approved similar tax-cutting measures, hoping to lighten the burden of local taxation, politicians piled more and more restrictions on how property taxes could be used.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1995 | TOM RAGAN
The city's finance director is urging citizens to voice their opposition to legislation that proposes to divert some property tax revenue to the county for the next 20 years to help it recover from bankruptcy. "All of us need to fight this thing," Howard Longballa said during a public hearing at last week's City Council meeting. Under legislation sponsored by state Sen. Lucy Killea (I-San Diego), 4% of city property taxes would go to the county, with the rate eventually rising to 16%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1997
South Pasadena property owners will pay 17% less on their property taxes for street lighting and landscape maintenance this fiscal year because the cost of maintaining parks will no longer be included. The City Council on Wednesday night approved lower assessments for the Street Lighting and Landscaping Maintenance District. Some homeowners paying $117 annually will now pay about $20 less.
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