MEASURE H SUIT APPEARS CERTAIN
It’s looking just about certain that local small businesses will be suing the school district over the Measure H parcel tax, because they feel the tax burden falls too heavily on them. The Sun’s Marc Albert has an extensive interview with the attorney they’ve hired, David Brillant, who says the suit will be filed Monday.
Fellowblogger Rob Siltanen reported earlier this week that the suit was in the offing, and he said that if local businesses do sue, it would be financially devastating for the district. And he said supporters of the measure, which *just* passed with 66.9 percent of the vote, could boycott businesses involved in the suit.
Over the weekend, we spoke with Pauline Kelly, owner of Pauline’s Antiques, and Debbie George, owner of Pillow Park Plaza, both of whom have been rumored to be linked to the suit; they were quick to declaim involvement (though Kelly did confirm the suit was going to happen). From what we understand, whoever is involved with getting the suit filed is looking for someone who they think would be a worst-case example of a business hurt by the tax to serve as a plaintiff.
The four-year tax would result in a $120 annual charge to homeowners and 15 cents per square foot for commercial property owners up to $9,500.