City of San Diego

Court sets aside new La Jolla tax district (MAD): Some property owners contend they were being taxed twice for services

Court sets aside new La Jolla tax district (MAD): Some property owners contend they were being taxed twice for services

A judge has ruled against a new taxing authority designed to spruce up local streets and sidewalks in La Jolla, finding that the City of San Diego failed to show the district would provide special benefits distinct from those already provided as part of general municipal services.

The Nov. 30 ruling by San Diego Superior Court Judge Randa Trapp essentially sets aside the new La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District (MAD), through which the City had planned collect more than $500,000 in tax revenue in 2018, according to court records.

The money was supposed to pay for services including trash collection, litter pickup, power-washing sidewalks and landscape maintenance in the...

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