RENT CONTROL: Costing California Taxpayers Millions
Cities and Counties throughout the state have spent tens of millions of taxpayer dollars administering their ordinances and defending them in Court.
No Fiscal Analysis for Measure V
Because the backers of the measure chose to push rent control only instead of exploring real solutions for seniors, veterans and the disabled in need — like long-term lease agreements and direct rental assistance — Humboldt County officials have no idea how high the rent control bill will soar for taxpayers.
Humboldt County Faces Revenue Shortfall
The County is forecasting a shortfall of approximately $3 million in its 2016-2017 General Fund and an ongoing, structural deficit of about $1 million. If enacted, Measure V will further drain county resources that could go to law enforcement, fire protection, and other vital local government services.
In May 2016, a Federal jury unanimously declared that the City of Carson and its Rent Control Board violated the constitutional rights of the owner of Colony Cove. The jury found that the Board’s rejection of lawful, properly filed rent increase applications in 2007 and 2008 constituted regulatory takings without just compensation. These illegal government actions are barred by the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The jury awarded the parkowner more than $3.3 million in damages at the expense of taxpayers.
In September 2016, the Court just ordered the City to pay an additional $4,128,662.00 in prejudgement interest, attorneys’ fees and other costs. READ THE AMENDED JUDGEMENT
Taxpayers are now on the hook for a whopping $7,464,718.00 — from just one rent control case! And this amount does not include the millions of tax dollars the City has spent on its own legal bills in the case.
The city of Carson, California in Los Angeles County has been in a lengthy legal battle with the owner of Colony Cove mobilehome park.