VICTORY! Open-Space Tax Ruled Illegal

On July 14, 2008, SVTA won its lawsuit against Santa Clara County's Open Space Authority and that agency's 2001 illegal "special assessment" on property owners. The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously and supported all of our points. This ruling is a boon for all California taxpayers, who would likely have been subject to similar unconstitutional taxes in their local jurisdictions, had we lost the case.

Click here for the press release (PDF format) from the law offices of our attorney, Tony Tanke.

Click here for the court's decision (MS Word format).

Click here for a statement (MS Word format) from Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, a major co-plaintiff in the case.

Click here for the article posted on line by the San Jose Mercury News on July 14, 2008 (also posted on our "Issues" page).

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