News Details
Long Beach Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske Thanks Supervisor Knabe

Long Beach Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske Thanks Supervisor Knabe for Extending Water Parcel Tax Protest Period

Long Beach, CA – January 22, 2013 – Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske today thanked Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe for pushing to extend the time allowed for protests and make the process more transparent on the Clean Water, Clean Beaches parcel tax measure.

“A majority of my residents who responded to a poll on the parcel tax are in opposition. It would be grossly unfair for the board to move forward on a measure with inadequate feedback from constituents,” explained Schipske, “I’m glad that Supervisor Knabe understands that this may be a double tax for many of our property owners and renters.”

Supervisor Knabe motioned to extend the protest period another 60 days and instructed LA County Public Works to come up with a process to place the initiative on a general election ballot, define a specific list of clean water projects, and specify a sunset date when the tax would no longer be collected after the January 15th public hearing. He also asked the department to develop alternative funding methods to reduce pollution from storm water runoff and improve water quality of the watershed. The motion was approved by the board of supervisors.

If you received a notice of the proposed tax but can’t find it, you may download a new copy here. If you are a property owner and don’t know your Assessor’s Identification Number (AIN), you can find it on the Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor website, or click here. More information about this issue is posted on Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske’s blog, and discussion of the issue and Long Beach City Councilmembers in support of the county tax measure is posted here.