Government Finance and Operations 05/20/2011
AB 686 (Huffman) – Support
As Amended on March 9, 2011
AB 686, by Assembly Member Jared Huffman, would allow counties and cities to set their transactions and use taxes in increments of an eighth of a percent, instead of a quarter.
Under AB 686, county and city tax increases and extensions will still need to comply with all constitutional voting requirements. However, allowing local agencies to more precisely set their tax rates will give them more flexibility in matching the tax rate with a community’s specific need.
The Assembly passed AB 686 last week and it is now in the Senate.
AB 902 (Alejo) – Support
As Introduced on February 17, 2010
AB 902, by Assembly Member Luis Alejo’s, would require county tax collectors to recover their reasonable and actual costs related to making personal contact with the owner-occupants of the proposed sale of their tax-defaulted property. It does the same for the costs of notifying parties of interest in tax-defaulted property sales.
The costs of personally notifying owner-occupants of the impending sale of their tax-defaulted property vary widely from county to county. The costs can be quite large in large rural counties, especially as costs, especially gas prices, rise. County revenues continue to fall, even as other agencies’ revenues begin to recover. Allowing counties to recover actual costs in cases where those costs are known, discrete, and recoverable help them maintain core services.
The Assembly passed AB 902 last week and it is now in the Senate.