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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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