Two Additional Taxes: The following Resolutions are incompletely written and do not state the amount of the tax increases that will be attached to each property:
Item 5.a.6 – Resolution No. 2013-21 Levying the Special Tax in CFD 93-1 The City wants to impose a 'Special Tax' to pay for the Bond Debt. The map provided looks like it covers every parcel in the redevelopment areas. This Resolution does not state clearly how much the additional tax will be per home, but it is expected to pay the $15 Million bond debt. The 'good news' is that the City is finally acknowledging the bond debt.
Item 5.c - Resolution No. 2013-22 – Annual Sewer Standby Charges The Notice was printed in the 'Record Gazette' on June 7, 2013 - which is required by law when raising taxes. The City then submits paperwork dated August 8, 1995.
Three Resolutions to Impose Liens on Private Property for Delinquent Bills: These Resolutions are poorly written and does not provide a time-frame. This leaves it open for the City to put a lien on someone's property as soon as the bills are due:
Item 5.a.4 – Resolution No. 2013-19 Delinquent Sewer and Refuse
Item 5.a.5 – Resolution No. 2013-20 Weed Abatement Charges
Item 5.a.7 – Resolution No 2013-23 Nuisance and Building & Abatement Charges
The City has two more Items on the Agenda regarding the Sewer Fund:
Item 5.e – Establishing Incentives for Conversion of Septic Systems The City is offering a 'low introductory rate' to connect to the city sewer system.
Item 5.f – Sewer Service – Plantation of Lake Mobile Home Park This retirement community is being connected to the City Sewer System at a very bad time. Rates will start at $19/month, but will escalate $5/year until the Park residences are paying the same rates as City residences.
Item 5.d – Ordinance Adding Section 8.42 to the BMC (Smoking in Public) The Ordinance lists it is to: 'post permanent signs' for No Smoking in the parks, but the 1st offense is punishable by a fine of $1,000.00 or six (6) months in jail, or both.
In a Democracy; fines & penalties are weighted to fit the crime. They are not to be used as form of Government Control.
The City refers to California Health & Safety Code that allows this power. However 5473.2 clearly states: .. “If the legislative body finds that protest is made by the owners of a majority of separate parcels of property described in the report, then the report shall not be adopted and the charges shall be collected separately from the tax roll and shall NOT constitute a lien against any parcel or parcels of land.”