STOP THE DOCK TAX LEGAL COUNSEL EXPOSES CITY’S RUSH TO LEVY TAX
In a detailed response to the City’s money grab, Stop the Dock Tax lawyer Kristine Thagard has sent a revealing letter to the city council outlining numerous issues that expose the flaws in the Dock Tax proposal. You can read her letter here. For example;
- Thagard calls out the city for this rush to judgment. Over 100 people attended a “window dressing” workshop the Monday of Thanksgiving week. The day before Thanksgiving the city posts a 62 page staff report outlining the same recommendations that were discussed at the workshop. You can read the staff report here. On page 40 an example of the Dock Tax assessment methodology is outlined. In short, the workshop was window dressing allowing staff to claim they “listened” to the public.
- Further, Thagard also alerts the city that the proposed new dock Permit could result in the city forcing homeowner’s to vacate their rights and ownership of the dock for failure to abide by the proposed Permit. This new Permit appears to terminate your “right” to your dock.
- The new Permit requires you to indemnify and hold harmless the city – at a significant increase in insurance cost to you.
- Thagard challenges the underlying staff assertion that the Dock Tax should be based upon fair market value of the tidelands. Staff has always asserted that the 1997 “Beacon Bay” bill requires them to assess the Dock Tax using fair market value. However, as Thagard notes, the Beacon Bay bill requires fair market value for the Beacon Bay residential parcels – not the entire Harbor. (The homes on Beacon Bay are unique as they located on tidelands)
- At the Monday, November 19th workshop it was correctly asserted that IF the city uses fair market value to set the Dock Tax rate, the dock location should be considered. Docks in the main channel are worth more than those elsewhere.
I have received numerous emails from people that are frustrated and confused. This proposed double taxation of our docks is the common theme of every conversation. One 94 year old lady wants to know how the Dock Tax will affect her because her dock is unoccupied.
This is a long email following Thanksgiving weekend. We don’t control the city’s schedule, but this is their way of cramming the tax down on us. Why the rush to tax us now? On December 11th a new city council is seated, and I have heard that the taxing majority of might lose their key 4th vote for the Dock Tax.
Tomorrow I will discuss how the City of Huntington Beach fought for their Harbor residents while Newport Beach’s staff and councilmembers did nothing in Sacramento to stop legislation they now are using to justify the Dock Tax.
MARK YOU CALENDAR & ATTEND
SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING TO ASSESS RESIDENTIAL DOCK TAX
Wednesday, November 28
Newport Beach City Hall
City Council Chambers
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