The Woodland Hills Tarzana Chamber of Commerce opposes the proposed L.A. County Stormwater cleanup parcel fee (tax). We have heard the arguments in favor of and opposed to the tax and decided unanimously to oppose the imposition of the $54 per parcel fee for the following reasons:
· Notice of the $54 per parcel fee was inadequate as it was part of the property tax bill and was missed by most property owners as they paid their November tax bill. Many property owners who have their taxes impounded never received the notice.
· The Clean Water Act requires that Los Angeles County take care of the regions’ stormwater issues however, it does not proscribe how the water should be cleaned.
· The objectives of the property fee are unclear and require further elaboration before voters can decide whether or not to support the $54 per parcel fee. Is the plan to build water treatment plants along the Los Angeles River or to buy private property for park land?
· The $54 per parcel fee does not sunset. The county flood control department will collect and spend $200 Million per year with no clear end in sight.
· Local cities, school districts, hospitals, markets, shopping centers, airports, factories, and ever local entity will have to pay a fee based on the size of the property they occupy. The fee will place a burden on everyone at a time when all our taxes are on the rise.
Therefore the Woodland Hills Tarzana Chamber of Commerce OPPOSES the Los Angeles County Stormwater $54 parcel fee.
Tomorrow, January 15th, the LA County Boiard of Supervisors will be onsidering whether or not to place this issue before the voters. If you have not yet sent in your opinion make sure you go to: http://www.lacountycleanwater.org/