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Remember when portions of property taxes were used to pay for redevelopment projects? Now, if a bill introduced by Assemblyman Ben Hueso is approved, instead of property tax revenue paying for redevelopment projects, revenues could be used to promote renewable energy projects.

Assembly Bill 2551 would give city councilmembers across the state the authority to create "renewable energy zones," without voter approval. Each zone would be required to generate at least 10 megawatts of energy from wind, solar, or other sources.

Once that occurs, the city council could form a financing district which would allow them to use property tax revenues from that energy zone to promote additional renewable energy projects.

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Dennis March 19, 2012 @ 4:59 p.m.

So if I already have a solar system installed do I have to pay?


BlueSouthPark March 19, 2012 @ 5:52 p.m.

Why on earth would you think these guys are going to let you off the hook? NO. You will pay extra taxes to keep your renegade system.


BlueSouthPark March 19, 2012 @ 5:51 p.m.

This bill is sponsored by two of San Diego's finest, Hueso and co-author Vargas. I'll resist the temptation to complete the obvious joke about both of these guys' personal capacity to generate much more than 10 MW of wind...

The bill's language "exempt[s] the creation of the district from the voter-approval requirement."

And then the mayor and council can appoint their friends to the new infrastructure financing district's nonprofit governing board, which will, with fanfare and well-expressed fabulous dreams, hire a PR company and an executive director (someone who has written a lot of "green" advocacy letters to the press). They will meet in their newly leased downtown penthouse office, first to decide their salaries, then to write a budget, generous with office furnishings and travel allotments (they may need to travel to France or China to examine energy models). Then they will do photo-ops and interviews with the UT, and then .... will have complete authority to determine how to spend what is left of their sequestered property tax dollars.

Yeah! That damn General Fund. Why doesn't it just go bankrupt!


nostalgic March 19, 2012 @ 6:15 p.m.

"Financial district" is just another way of saying "assessment District", which is another way of saying totally outside the laws governing taxation, not to mention bypassing contracting laws, citizenship, and a few other legal technicalities.


InOmbra March 20, 2012 @ 5:36 p.m.

If these guys just want to privatize everything, then I want a special assessment Pothole District. City councilmembers across the state would designate "bad pothole zones," without voter approval (when you wipe out elective government, who needs voters?). Then they form Pothole Districts and assess any property owner who is ever likely to drive down streets in the zones. Nonprofit corporations are given the right to manage all the money. After deducting organizational expenses from the assessments the corporations use the remaining 25% of money to fix potholes. Why doesn't the get-rid-of-government crowd ever have useful ideas like this?


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