SACRAMENTO TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES FILING OF LAWSUIT AGAINST CARMICHAEL RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 13, 2014                                                                                            

CONTACT: Ken Payne, President, 916.399.5600

Sacramento, CA – Sacramento Taxpayers Association (“STA”) announced today that it has filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court against the Carmichael Recreation and Park District (“District”) alleging violations of Proposition 218 regarding its recent levy of a $660,000 annual property tax assessment.  The District passed the assessment to finance certain park and recreational facilities improvements within the District’s boundaries. Review Petition.

The lawsuit alleges that the Assessment is in reality a special tax, which has not been passed by a two-thirds vote.  The lawsuit contends that “special benefits” from the planned improvements identified by the District are in reality “general” benefits to the entire community.  The STA believes that everyone in the community at large enjoys the benefits from parks and recreation facilities.  In addition, the lawsuit challenges the District’s process in passing the assessment, including its methodology by which it determined the amount of the assessment.

The lawsuit seeks to invalidate the Carmichael Recreation and Park District’s May 15, 2014 Resolution No. CP05152014-01 establishing and levying the assessment and will ask the court to compel it to vacate its decision.

STA is represented by attorney Vincent D. Slavens of the law firm of Krause, Kalfayan, Benink & Slavens, LLP, in San Diego, California.  Mr. Slavens may be reached at 619.232.0331 or through the firm’s website www.kkbs-law.com.

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