County’s math puzzling |

County’s math puzzling

When is 2 percent not 2 percent? Answer: when the tax assessor and county counsel say it isn’t. I was one of a sizable group of homeowners who attended the February 26 Board of Supervisors meeting. We were there to protest property tax hikes of up to 30 percent in one year. Ours were raised 26 percent despite the clear wording of Proposition 13, which limits it to 2 percent. The county officials in question were trying to set Proposition 8 against Proposition 13 in order to nullify it, when they are independent though complementary articles of the California Constitution. Both are clearly worded in terms of purpose and practice. Then our imaginative duo set out to further cloud the issue by bringing in Section 51 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, which also clearly states in Section (D): “In no event shall the percentage increase for any assessment year determined pursuant to subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) exceed 2 percent of the prior’s year’s value.” Perhaps our county officials don’t understand the simple statement and that California laws passed by the legislature do not supersede provisions of the Constitution should they be in conflict. And the final rationalization by our erstwhile officials: we are right because everyone else is doing it.”

Gerald L. Emerald

Nevada City

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