It’s Santa Cruz’s turn for the latest round of SRA fee collections. You will soon receive your bill if you have not already.
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) has an active lawsuit challenging the legality of this fee, in which they allege the fee is actually a tax that was imposed without a 2/3 legislative vote as required by law.
While the lawsuit works its way through the courts, we are all still obligated to pay the bill. If the fee gets overturned in court, you may receive a refund, but only if you filed paperwork challenging the fee. HJTA is recommending that everyone file a protest with each billing, to ensure that your protest remains active and attached to each round of billing. They have a webpage devoted to helping you file your protest with complete instructions and downloadable forms.
Don’t delay – the late fees and interest are considerable.