Luxury Tax to Go Before City Council Today
"I'm very reticent right now to raise any property taxes at this time," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said a press conference yesterday morning when asked about Councilmember Richard Alarcon's "luxury" tax that would tax households at least $1,000 larger than 5,000 square feet.
The motion will go before the City Council this morning, but it is unlikely it will do well. It was talked about in a city committee yesterday, but no action was taken. "[It's] not appropriate to move forward," Councilmember Wendy Greuel told KNBC citing the utility users tax that was presented to voters earlier this year.
If the council actually approves the luxury tax, it would go before voters on the March 2009 ballot and will need a two-thirds approval.