CITY CONTINUES THEIR CUNNING WAYS TO TRICK DOCK OWNERS INTO PAYING THE
DOCK TAX ON THE WATER BILL
NEWPORT BEACH, CA – This week nearly 1,100 Newport Beach residential dock owners will receive a mailer calling on them to reject the largest property tax increase in Newport’s history – the Dock Tax. “There is no permit or agreement to sign – it’s a slimy way to collect the tax,” stated Stop the Dock Tax Chairman Bob McCaffrey. (read the mailer here)
“Don’t pay the Dock Tax that is included in your Municipal Services Statement, we are asking a judge to restrain the city from collecting the Dock Tax until all litigation is finished,” stated McCaffrey.
According to our lawyers, if you pay any portion of the Dock Tax you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the largest property tax increase in the city’s history. Pay everything on the bill but – DON’T PAY THE DOCK TAX.
Tomorrow morning we are in court to set a schedule for a hearing for an injunction to stop the city from collecting the Dock Tax. We update dock owners of the court schedule that will include our request that the judge order a court mandated trust account for residents fearing that the city’s high-handed manner will result in the confiscation of their dock. When the judge agrees, we will notify you immediately.
The pier permit that triggers the Dock Tax has a provision allowing the city to seize docks for a myriad of reasons – including non-payment of the Dock Tax. “We have seen aggressive bullying from this city council in the adoption of the Dock Tax. In a fit of rage Mayor Pro Tem Rush Hill lectured us and swore at his constituents from the dais as they rushed to adopt the tax before adjourning to Newport Center to christen the Taj Mahal,” stated McCaffrey. (watch Rush Hill’s outburst here)
“In a few weeks this city council will cut the ribbon on the Taj Mahal – a $140 million symbol of misguided political ego, and waste. The residents and the businesses of the Harbor aren’t going to pay for it with the taxes recently assessed on us,” concluded McCaffrey.