CITY SCHEDULES 2 MEETINGS TO RAISE DOCK TAX

CITY SCHEDULES 2 MEETINGS TO RAISE DOCK TAX

 A special meeting of the City Council’s Committee on Tidelands has been set to receive public input on the pending residential Dock Tax.  The committee of Mayor Gardner, Councilmen Henn & Rosansky will develop recommendations for consideration by the full city council at the November 28th meeting.  This is your chance to speak out in an informal setting prior to the final council meeting.  Please attend and speak out about the proposed double taxation of your dock.

TIDELANDS COMMITTEE STUDY SESSION
Monday, November 19th
3:30 p.m.
Newport Beach City Hall
City Council Chambers 

A special city council meeting has been set to levy a Dock Tax on us.  Please attend and plan to speak.  As of this moment, we have not been advised of the methodology that will be used to calculate the tax, or the tax rate.  If we use the council’s recent tax levy on commercial marinas and other Harbor businesses, the tax will be significant. 

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING TO ASSESS RESIDENTIAL DOCK TAX
Wednesday, November 28
6:00 p.m.
Newport Beach City Hall
City Council Chambers

 

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Bob McCaffreyChairman,
Stop The Dock Tax
www.stopthedocktax.com Please check with our web site for the lastest information 

 


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Newport approves rent increases on harbor businesses

 

By DEEPA BHARATH
2012-11-14 11:40:10

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NEWPORT BEACH – Several businesses that depend on their harbor location, including yacht clubs, sportfishing charters, fuel docks, homeowners associations and restaurants, will pay higher dock rents – and residential docks are next.

The City Council voted 6-1, with Councilwoman Leslie Daigle dissenting, to increase the rental fees for a variety of businesses operating on public tidelands. The issue has been the subject of several contentious public meetings and study sessions.

Council members are expected to discuss the residential dock fee increases during a special meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 in council chambers.

But on Tuesday night, there were a handful of protests from business owners and reaffirmations by council members that the rent increases are unavoidable.

A majority of the businesses will face a rent increase from 36 cents to $1.02 per square foot, a 183 percent increase. Some businesses such as nonprofits will see their rents go up from 36 cents to 50 cents a square foot, a 38 percent increase. Additionally, businesses such as fuel docks will face additional increases because their rents are offset by a per-gallon fee of 1.5 cents for the first 100,000 gallons and then 2 cents beyond that.

City Manager Dave Kiff requested that the City Council approve a slightly amended rent increase for large marinas, which was originally passed during the Oct. 23 meeting. Instead of the 447 percent increase to be phased in through 2020, council members on Tuesday approved a revised rate of 366 percent to be phased in from 2014 to 2018. Kiff said this revision is the result of a public meeting held Oct. 31.

Seymour Beek of Island Marine Fuel said his business will have to pay seven times more than what they pay today.

“It’s unfortunate but the only way we can absorb it is to pass it on to the customers,” he said.

Gary Pickett of Ardell Marina said the rent increases are going to have severe impacts on the finances of small businesses. He called the city’s move “disappointing.”

Councilman Steve Rosansky said the money collected from tidelands fees will be pumped right back into harbor improvements.

“The money is not going into a black hole,” he said. “It will be put back into the harbor to make it a better place for boaters and businesses.”

Kiff said residential dock fee increases are next. Currently, residential dock owners pay a $100 flat fee.

“That is going to increase, but right now, we do not know by how much,” he said.

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Newport Beach, CA. 92663

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