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How Open Is Government In San Diego?

I have been trying for weeks to obtain information about the fees the Rock Church is required to pay for closure of Truxtun Rd. in Liberty Station every Sunday (52 weeks/year). The church obtains a "blanket" Special Events permit at the beginning of each year to close this public street in Liberty Station. Being a non-profit, the Rock Church pays no property taxes for the upkeep of the street but subjects the neighborhood to its abuses of constant traffic, parking, and street closure.
I know of no other house of worship in all of San Diego that has this type of privilege. At a time when the city faces major budget woes, it seems apparent to me as a taxpayer that the church should at least pay its fair share of fees to close a public street 52 times/year.

March 16, 2011 at 7:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

NTC's Arts Vision Threatened

I am appalled that the NTC Foundation did not catch this tax exemption problem when it entered into "for profit" partnerships to obtain tax credits for private investors. Instead, the Assessor's Office in taxing the property ($1.25million) was acting responsibly within the law. EXCEPT, now the NTC Foundation appears to be striving to pass on these tax burdens to the not-for-profits renting/leasing space by increasing their rents substantially.
One has to wonder, with having access to tax attorneys, that someone at the NTC Foundation (McMillin) did not catch this problem. To solve it, apparently, state Senator Kehoe will have to try and pass legislation to exempt the NTC Foundation from property taxes.
" Oh what tangled webs we weave."...

March 8, 2011 at 11:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )