…..WINS HIS APPEAL
….WILDOMAR PARK FUNDING TO END AS A RESULT
The things you find online while “googling” for court cases.
Former City Council candidate and anti-cityhood activist Steve Beutz, who originally lost his lawsuit against Riverside County over what he considered to be an unfair tax assessment , today received a gift in the form of a favorable ruling by the 4th Appellate Court in Riverside, overturning an earlier adverse (to Beutz) decision by the Superior Court .
The decision effectively stops the assessment that was willfully established by over 55% of Wildomar’s participating property owners, who voted for the assessment to be levied against their own properties to pay for Wildomar’s parks.
The original assessment was a massive $28 per year, which is chump change to have parks in the community for kids and others, and nothing to have a tea party over, or to file a community-killing lawsuit.
One of Beutz’ political soulmates is planning to run for City Council. When that political connection is known to the voters, it should be the end of those misplaced aspirations for a seat on the Council.
You can read the decision for yourself by clicking on the following link:
As a result, it appears the funding source established by the earlier vote for a landscape maintenance assessment likely will have to be ended. Since Wildomar does not have sufficient funds to absorb the loss of revenue to operate the parks without the assessment, Marna O’Brien, Windsong and Heritage Parks will soon have to close until another funding source can be created, perhaps an impossible task in today’s tough economic circumstances for new communities like Wildomar.
After having read the decision and the facts within, it appears that the County of Riverside selected an engineering firm to prepare an “engineers report” to be utilized in the formation of the Landscape Management District.
Alas, the Court found the report to be substandard.
The Court, in their decision summary stated, “also missing from the Report is analysis, in the first instance, of how or to what extent all Wildomar residential properties in particular, will specially benefit from their occupants’ anticipated use of the parks.
These deficiencies in the Report are of constitutional proportions.”
This lawsuit is only one of several that Steve Beutz and his litigious associates have brought against the County and Wildomar; so this saga is not done yet.
In this case, however, his lawsuit apparently had some legal merit, now confirmed by an Appellate Court decision. I doubt the city has financial resources to appeal this decision to the next higher court
Unfortunately, the end result will be to severely damage the lovely new community of Wildomar.
I have not been this civically saddened since John Hayner and his angry band destroyed and shut down the Ortega Trails Recreation and Park District.
Comments will be permitted below. It is an opportunity for Wildomar’s citizens to go on the record for themselves.