Court Date Cancelled
Today, the Sacramento County Superior Court issued a tentative ruling in HJTA’s fire tax case. In it, the court granted certification of a class including all persons who are entitled to a refund of fire taxes that they paid; that is, property owners who paid the fire tax and timely filed Petitions for Redetermination.
This tentative ruling is essentially exactly the outcome that HJTA was hoping for.
In typical circumstances, one or more party would request a hearing to discuss the tentative ruling, and try one last time to change the opinion of the court.
However, in this case HJTA has no desire to request such a hearing because we are satisfied with the tentative ruling. Moreover, attorneys for the State told HJTA attorneys late Thursday afternoon that the State will not request a hearing either.
Accordingly, the tentative ruling will become the final ruling and the hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow (Aug. 6) has been cancelled as unnecessary.
Please be advised that HJTA staff attorney Ryan Cogdill will be present at the courthouse tomorrow to inform members of the public interested in the hearing of its cancellation.
Opposing counsel's decision not to challenge the tentative ruling is a positive development for taxpayers and a step forward in the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association's challenge to the unfair fire tax.