While penalty assessments only started to explode some ten or fifteen years
ago, some people say the roots of the issue go back much further than that.
Most localities depend on property tax income as their primary revenue
source. But California voters passed
Proposition 13 in 1978. This tax relief measure capped annual assessment increases at
2 percent and tax increases at 1 percent. Furthermore, property cannot
be reassessed unless there is a change of ownership or new construction.
According to some, Proposition 13 had some unintended ripple effects.
With revenue increases well below the rate of inflation, some counties
saw their income plummet over time. They turned to the state’s general
fund for money, and politicians needed to find a way to boost revenue
without unpopular tax increases. Hello, penalty assessments.
Penalty Assessment Theory
Smaller cities, such as Bridgeport and Mammoth Lakes, are really caught
in a bind. Their citizens demand full-time police and fire protection,
active code enforcers, and a large and responsive city government, in
addition to services like frequent garbage pickup and a large water treatment
facility. In many places that have little sales tax revenue, like Visalia
and Porterville, there may not be enough money to make ends meet.
Until the system changes, penalty assessments will remain high. The good
news is that an experienced attorney knows how to reduce the penalty assessments
you must pay, which saves you money.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive attorneys at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to
giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
Call today at 661-349-9300 or email
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