Parks assessment: Prop 13 end-run?

Published: Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 - 10:03 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Re "Parks district awaits vote" (Our Region, March 31): I find it greatly disturbing that entities such as the San Juan Unified School District and the Carmichael Park District alone control more than 7,600 votes, while I as a homeowner get one block of 44.87 votes, regardless of the size of my lot.

Homeowners should know that the additional security comes in the form of one officer who will be tasked to patrol all 13 parks. In addition, there is no sunset clause to this assessment, and a high likelihood that the 3 percent annual increase will go on forever, based on the methodology.

I certainly value our parks, but to add yet another assessment on a growing list of add-ons to property tax scrolls tells me that this initiative resembles a thinly-disguised end-around Proposition 13.

-- Mitchell Hoffelt, Carmichael

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