After Being Overcharged $3 Million In Taxes, Bell Property Owners To See Refunds
After the city of Bell overcharged property owners by $3 million over the last three years, California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado was scheduled to sign a state law Monday that will give them refunds.
About 4,000 property owners will eventually get a check in the mail under the assembly bill that Maldonado, the acting governor while Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger visits Asia, plans to sign.
"The City Council of Bell illegally took $3 million form a blue collar, hard-working community, and tomorrow, once I put my signature on AB 900, the community will start receiving their money back immediately,'' Maldonado told CBS2.
The overcharges happened at a time when Bell's city manager reportedly cleared $1.5 million in take-home pay and other officials were making exorbitant salaries.
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The illicit property taxes meant that Bell had the second nighest rate in Los Angeles County, beating out tony Beverly Hills and several other cities while claiming a population that is one of the area's poorest.
Unfortunately the law set no timetable for refunds, but it does mandate them.
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