Parks assessment: Prop 13 end-run?

03/31/2014 10:03 AM

04/01/2014 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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