On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors is holding a 3 pm hearing to vote on penalties assessed by Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting on the Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco for failure to pay the city’s property transfer tax, a tax paid by a property owner when a property changes ownership.
The church has fought the assessment, but late last year lost a battle at The City’s Transfer Tax Appeals Board, which ruled the city had a right to collect the tax. The battle could end up in court.
But for now, the Board of Supervisors are being asked to approve the tax bills for 232 properties, whose ownership moved from different catholic entities.
In total, the delinquent tax amount is $14.4 million. Ting is asking for an additional $5 million for a delinquent penalty and $2.3 million in interest on the delinquent tax, for a total of $27.7 million.
The Board of Supervisors “will hear objections which may be raised by any property owner liable to be assessed, and may make corrections, revisions or modifications to the report as it seems just,” the city notice says.