Single family and fourplex property owners were truly “duped” at the recent City Council meeting!
There to protest the fee raise for Burrtec (which was put on their property tax last year!) citizens spoke against the action (#18 on the agenda). They could have saved their voices because #7 on the consent calendar the council voted to approve the agreement with the SB Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector for collection of special taxes, fees and assessments for fiscal year 2019-2020!
So, the city of Highland will continue to be a debt collector for a private-for-profit business and the citizens complaints/concerns fall on deaf ears.
To stop the council action, it would have taken 50 percent + 1 of affected properties to protest – even though it is well known that in general elections only 11-13 percent of voters go to the polls.
Property owners with escrow accounts are at risk for IRS or FTB audits if they don’t remove the “waste fee” from their property tax deduction.
Citizens can’t “opt out,” but the council said they could. (They should read the 20-year contract! 10 years are guaranteed unless there is a breach!)
Sorry Highlanders, you’ve lost your right to be responsible for your own property. I can’t wait to see what the council will put next on my property tax bill as a “fee.”