Press Release – DPBA

The Dana Point Boaters Association, DPBA, is pleased that the County Board of Supervisors has approved the Dana Point Harbor Department reserve intended to cover the back Possessory Interest (PI) Tax. The County was pursuing up to four years back PI Taxes from about 2400 boaters in wet slips, as well as 600 boaters that store their boats in the harbor on trailers. These “Escapes” were the result of the County’s Harbor Department taking over the management of the Harbor from the two former Marina Companies and the Embarcadero. When George Caravalho of the Dana Point Harbor Department first made the DPBA aware of the intent to assess a new Possessory Interest Tax, we strongly recommended that the Harbor Department do the right thing. While our meeting occurred about a week before the County took any official action, it quickly became obvious that they had chosen instead to pursue the tax not only going back but also going forward. The Dana Point Boaters Association has been working with DePasquale, Kelley & Company (http://www.dkctax.com/retail.htm ) and it was determined that there were many structural problems with the County’s handling of this action. When we communicated some of these issues to the County Board of Supervisors we received feedback that indicated that our conclusions were, at least in some part, being validated. The Association would like to specifically thank Supervisors Pat Bates and John Moorlach for their help on this matter. Boaters should not consider this a done deal at this point. The County has not yet explained the funding process. Specifically, we have not been informed by the County Assessors Office that the “Escapes” are being canceled. Most boaters are aware that they must file their appeals by July 14th, 2007 or forever lose the right to appeal these particular assessments. Obviously, it would be very bad if boaters failed to act now and then have bills show up when it is too late to do something about it. Accordingly, until each boater receives an official statement or letter stating that the escapes have been canceled, the DPBA is encouraging its members to preserve their rights by filing their appeals to each assessment. While the County states that they will be pursuing the tax going forward, the Association is receiving advice indicating that the customers currently covered by either a Wharfage Contract or the new “License” are subject to the tax. The issues of the escapes assessing back taxes and of future possessory interest taxes will be covered tomorrow night at the DPBA Members Only meeting. Details of the meeting and membership can be found on the Associations web site: www.danapointboaters.org. The Board of Directors of the Association is very pleased with the positive impact the Association is having on behalf of recreational boaters in Dana Point. We believe that our letters, e-mails, public awareness, interviews with the press, studying the issues in detail, working with experts and mobilizing our members has led to this positive

Dana Point Boaters Association

Copyright 2007

June 13, 2007

outcome. We are confident that if we continue to pursue other issues with the same open and professional approach we will have similar results.

About Dana Point Boaters Association The DPBA is an advocacy group for Dana Point recreational boaters. The organization is open to all families interested in the many different kinds of recreational boating in the harbor from kayaks to large motor cruisers. The organization’s goals are to meet or exceed recreational boaters’ needs through constructively working with merchants, officials in Dana Pont City Government, various departments within Orange County Government, the ship yard, Yacht Clubs, other associations, California Coastal Commission, California Coastal Coalition, South Coast Water Distinct, California State Legislature, RBOC, SCMA, local clubs and selected experts. The organization is currently working on issues surrounding the Counties planned “Revitalization”, the Possessory Interest Tax and the lost fuel tax that is being transferred to Parks Harbors and beaches. Questions should be directed to Bruce Heyman, 949-289-8400, bruceheyman@cox.net

Dana Point Boaters Association

Copyright 2007

June 13, 2007

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