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Barbara Waycott: New county fee is criminal

Posted: December 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

To county supervisor:

How dare you only have one public hearing regarding the new tax (oops.. fee) you are trying to foist onto we, your constituents, who are still trying to find jobs in Los Angeles County. Our jobless rate is nearing 15 percent. Predators, you are just like your super majority in the California Legislature ... we, the people, don’t mean a thing.

Remember, your governor, Mr. Brown, and last year’s Legislature passed another fee to harm the citizenry. Now another $150 fee to pay to a private collector to send to the state’s coffers.

I notice that each of our supervisors are gaining weight. Maybe their belts need loosening so that they can eat better meals with beach contractors or public health and safety engineers working for the county. Each of the multibenefiting sources which will benefit from this new fee are still employed or trying to get the next outsourced benefit from the county coffers.

Let’s pray that our county and city newspapers or internet gurus or flypaper advocates will take the time to press the supervisors to hold more than one hearing (Jan. 15 at 9:30 a.m. downtown at the Supervisors’ Kenny Hahn building.) How many people will fight the morning traffic to attend this one hearing? Supervisors need to hold a hearing in each of the areas in the county affected by this ploy and held at night so that many citizens could attend and not have to drive downtown. That would be representative government.

Hey, it’s OK to want to go green; but more interference by government only means more places to hide money garnered from fees and taxes.

Criminal ... that’s what the new fee is. Don’t throw away the county’s notice about this fee (tax) ... look inside the middle page and fill out the protest form, call your supervisor ... they know you are very busy trying to keep your jobs so they feel it won’t matter to you. This fee is for every property owner in the County of Los Angeles. That means billions of dollars for them to squander as they wish.

Editor’s Note: The latest Los Angeles County unemployment rate (for Oct. 2012) was 10.5 percent.)

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