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California state controller finds city of Bell illegally raised property taxes in 2007

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I’ve asked it before, and I’ll ask it again — how much more corrupt can the city of Bell, California get?:

City officials were ordered to roll back the tax rate after the state controller discovered the city illegally raised its property taxes in 2007. The current rate is roughly 50 percent higher than it was three years ago.

Bell residents were upset that Monday’s meeting was held in council chambers, a room that does not accommodate many people. Some residents felt like they were being pushed out of the meeting.

“Our first priority is for them to resign,” said Cynthia Rodriguez with Bell Association to Stop the Abuse. “Since they’re not willing to do it, we’re going forward with the recall, but it’s a long process. We just don’t want them anymore. We’re tired of their lies.”

Well, you can’t pay your city manager $1.5 million without raising taxes, can you? More than a few of Bell’s city officials deserve to see the inside of a jail cell.

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