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Linda and Ray Sommo, Capistrano Beach

Was anyone else blindsided by the enormous increase in property taxes for 2016-17? Wondering why the giant hike? Wasn’t Prop. 13* intended to protect property owners from this? Well obviously the South Coast Water District (SCWD) decided to circumvent the intent of Prop. 13. They have restructured their rates, I was informed by an e-mail in response to my inquiry. Now we are to be charged not only an increased monthly rate, but also an exorbitant yearly rate—check your tax bill at the bottom for what is referred to as Voter Approved and Special Assessments. I think this is outrageous. If you agree, write to the paper, write to the SCWD. Even some of the District’s own directors admit to overspending in connection with the outreach program in conjunction with the Doheny Desalination Project. Are we destined to pay for the folly that their own board can’t agree on? Let’s get something going to overturn this unfair burden on homeowners.

*Prop. 13 was a 1978 ballot initiative in California that reduced property tax rates at 1975 property values, and mandated strict guidelines should the state or municipalities decide to increase rates.

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