Stanislaus County to discuss cities' tax claims

local@modbee.comJune 16, 2013 

— Stanislaus County supervisors will discuss a number of court cases in closed session Tuesday, as well as potential litigation with cities trying to recoup excessive property tax administration fees paid to the county.

According to the agenda, the board will discuss claims submitted by Turlock, Ceres, Waterford and Newman for excessive assessor fees. The dollar amounts sought were not available. The state Supreme Court ruled in November that California counties had overcharged cities for property tax administration.

In their initial claims, Turlock, Oakdale, Riverbank and Patterson suggested that the county return a combined $1.25 million for miscalculating the fees. The closed-door meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

The board will meet in open session at 6:30 p.m. in the basement chamber at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St., Modesto. The agenda includes:

• The first annual report from the Veterans Advisory Commission on the needs of veterans in Stanislaus County.

• A public hearing on proposed increases to garbage collection charges in unincorporated areas, which would take effect July 1. The proposals include a 6.6 percent increase, raising the residential rate for Turlock Scavenger customers in Denair, Empire, Hickman and La Grange from $20.98 to $22.37 a month for a 90-gallon cart. Gilton Solid Waste Management customers would see a 5 percent jump from $19.32 to $20.29 for a 90-gallon cart. Homes served by Bertolotti Disposal and Turlock Scavenger would pay less than 2 percent more.

• A multiyear funding approach for operation and maintenance of the Regional Water Safety Training Center in Empire.

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