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February 14, 1992 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The California Supreme Court, rejecting pleas from state and local officials, declined Thursday to reconsider a ruling on Proposition 13 that authorities warned could jeopardize billions of dollars of projects being financed with special sales taxes. The justices, with two dissents, refused to bar challenges to enacted tax measures similar to a San Diego tax the high court struck down Dec. 19. The validity of those other measures must be considered on a case-by-case basis, the justices said.
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December 24, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The 4th District Court of Appeals in San Bernardino affirmed a ruling that a half-cent sales tax hike in San Diego County was unconstitutional but left the possibility that some of the $380 million collected might still be used to build courts and jails. The court struck down a plan to refund the money through a sales tax cut and indicated instead that consumers should get refunds from the state Board of Equalization.
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September 6, 1990 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An appellate court ruling upholding a 1988 San Diego sales tax for jails could finally present Orange County leaders with a way to pay for badly needed facilities here, county officials said Wednesday. "This could be very important to us," Supervisor Thomas F. Riley said. "I think this opens up an opportunity for Orange County to deal with this very important problem."
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February 14, 1992 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The California Supreme Court, rejecting pleas from state and local officials, declined Thursday to reconsider a ruling on Proposition 13 that authorities warned could jeopardize billions of dollars of projects being financed with special sales taxes. The justices, with two dissents, refused to bar challenges to enacted tax measures similar to a San Diego tax the high court struck down Dec. 19. The validity of those other measures must be considered on a case-by-case basis, the justices said.
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December 24, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The 4th District Court of Appeals in San Bernardino affirmed a ruling that a half-cent sales tax hike in San Diego County was unconstitutional but left the possibility that some of the $380 million collected might still be used to build courts and jails. The court struck down a plan to refund the money through a sales tax cut and indicated instead that consumers should get refunds from the state Board of Equalization.
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December 20, 1991 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The California Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a 1988 San Diego County ballot measure that levied a half-cent sales tax to build courts and jails, throwing into confusion $330 million already collected and threatening public-works projects around the state. Orange County officials were among those sent reeling by the decision. Some feared it could derail the county's transportation tax, approved by voters in 1990 and projected to deliver $3.2 billion for highway and transit projects.
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December 20, 1991 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The California Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a 1988 San Diego County ballot measure that levied a half-cent sales tax to build courts and jails, throwing into confusion $330 million already collected and threatening public works projects around the state. The court ruled that a majority vote simply was not enough to make the measure legal.
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March 24, 1989 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, Times Staff Writer
In a decision that could have far-reaching implications, a Superior Court judge Thursday struck down a half-cent sales tax narrowly approved by San Diego County voters last June to raise $1.6 billion for new jails and courts on the grounds that the measure violated Proposition 13. Ruling that county officials "purposely circumvented" Proposition 13's requirement of a two-thirds vote for approval of new taxes, the judge accepted opponents' arguments that support by 50.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1986 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
Having failed to persuade voters to pay for new jails through an increased sales tax, San Diego County supervisors decided Tuesday to fund construction of the next major jail by increasing fines on parking tickets and by collecting a bigger share of all other fines levied by the courts. The supervisors ordered the county's top administrator to draft urgency legislation to increase the surcharge on parking fines to $5 from $1.50.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1992
The state's tax collection agency has voted conditionally to stop collecting by Jan. 22 the half-cent sales tax for San Diego County court and jail construction that was recently ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court. The unanimous decision was approved Thursday by the five-member State Board of Equalization, which collects the sales tax from vendors and turns the money over to the county, said San Diego-area board member Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr.
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December 20, 1991 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The California Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a 1988 San Diego County ballot measure that levied a half-cent sales tax to build courts and jails, throwing into confusion $330 million already collected and threatening public-works projects around the state. Orange County officials were among those sent reeling by the decision. Some feared it could derail the county's transportation tax, approved by voters in 1990 and projected to deliver $3.2 billion for highway and transit projects.
NEWS
December 20, 1991 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The California Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a 1988 San Diego County ballot measure that levied a half-cent sales tax to build courts and jails, throwing into confusion $330 million already collected and threatening public works projects around the state. The court ruled that a majority vote simply was not enough to make the measure legal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1990 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An appellate court ruling upholding a 1988 San Diego sales tax for jails could finally present Orange County leaders with a way to pay for badly needed facilities here, county officials said Wednesday. "This could be very important to us," Supervisor Thomas F. Riley said. "I think this opens up an opportunity for Orange County to deal with this very important problem."
NEWS
March 24, 1989 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, Times Staff Writer
In a decision that could have far-reaching implications, a Superior Court judge Thursday struck down a half-cent sales tax narrowly approved by San Diego County voters last June to raise $1.6 billion for new jails and courts on the grounds that the measure violated Proposition 13. Ruling that county officials "purposely circumvented" Proposition 13's requirement of a two-thirds vote for approval of new taxes, the judge accepted opponents' arguments that support by 50.
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April 3, 1986 | KENNETH F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
Gov. George Deukmejian signed into law Wednesday a bill authorizing San Diego County officials to place a sales tax issue to finance jail and courts facilities on the general election ballot in November--or anytime after that.
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