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Supervisors to Discuss Clean Water Fee at Public Meeting

The fee would generate almost $300 million per year by charging parcel owners in L.A. County.

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday to discuss a proposed county fee that would pay for clean water programs.

The Clean Water, Clean Beaches measure would impose an annual fee of about $54 on the average single-family owner, and $34 on the typical condo owner. About 90 percent of parcel owners would pay less than $100 a year, but commercial property owners could be liable for thousands of dollars. 

If the measure is approved, it would raise about $295 million for the county to cover costs associated with improving water quality and reducing stormwater pollution.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that L.A. County is not responsible for cleaning contaminated water before it is discharged into the ocean. Environmental groups had hoped that the Los Angeles County Flood Control District would be held liable for treating pollutants, such as copper, lead, cyanide and aluminum among others.

The Flood District estimates it spent about $340 million to control contaminants in the 2010-2011 fiscal year, and the proposed fees would help to offset the cost. The $295 million would be split annually between the Flood District, nine watershed areas that manage clean-up projects and the cities in L.A. County.

The hearing will take place Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Board Hearing Room at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, located at 500 West Temple St. in Los Angeles.

Hans Laetz January 13, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Good point, and I agree -- as far as you went. You stopped before you pointed out the obvious conclusion -- these economic factors have gradually shifted the tax burden from commercial property owners to renters and homeowners. You're exactly right. The big businesses behind the California Chamber of Commerce, California Manufacturers Assoc., the landlords association, etc were very clever. They gamed the system with Proposition 13, which had great immediate relief for residential taxpayers, but then screwed them well over the years. The big guns hired Jon Coupal and Howard Jarvis to carry their water for them under the name of "fighting for the little guy." Follow the money, just who do you think paid for those lobbyists?
Terry January 13, 2013 at 11:38 PM
john is correct. the other unnamed guy is something else
jim dangelo January 14, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Hans, you just don't seem to get it, you already stated a transaction loophole above which is FALSE, you DO NOT AVOID reassessment by holding a property on a sale or purchase in a business entity, LLC, Corp, Lp, etc. Call the Los Angeles County Assessor office - Ownership Division on Monday with your off base theory and they will expain it to you. The shift in who pays more in property taxes is not due to commercial property owners not being reassesses, as they ARE reassessed upon a sale. Since the law changed in 1978 far more homes than commercial properties have been developed with high inflationary values thus you have a greater amount of revenue from the residential properties. You do not avoid commercial property reassement simply by selling it in a holding company as you like to call it, there is no loop hole, CALL the Los Angeles County Assessor - OWNERSHIP DIVISION with your example. Seem to want business owners to carry your weight under any means. CALL the Assessor and Give them YOUR EXAMPLE.
Hans Laetz January 14, 2013 at 02:00 AM
We disagree, and I have posted sources for my information. Good night.
Hans Laetz January 14, 2013 at 04:25 PM
"The environmental lobby" ??? You mean, people who swim, surf or fish in the ocean? The taxpayers who pay to shovel tons of trash out of the bays after each storm? The insurance companies and emergency rooms that treat sickened people (oh, yeah, people get very sick from your garbage)? The people who rely on clean oceans for the billions of dollars of tourism dollars, which are dependent on clean beaches? Those people, are sticking it to you, for asking for a modest tax to clean up the problem upstream? Just who is sticking it to whom here?

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