Press Release by Aaron Starr
Another favorable decision in court today concerning our $36.5 million judgment against the City of Oxnard’s unlawful Infrastructure Use Fee (IUF). The City of Oxnard will have to pay back over a three-year period the money they illegally took — far less than the eight years they demanded. The judge did not accept the city’s claims of financial hardship.
Oh … and the next time someone at Oxnard City Hall claims they did nothing illegal when they siphoned $36.5 million out of the City’s utilities, tell them to read this part of the judge’s decision:
“City’s systematic disregard of Proposition 218’s unambiguous prohibition against using IUFs ‘for general governmental services including, but not limited to, police, fire, ambulance or library services, where the service is available to the public at large in substantially the same manner as it is to property owners’ without first obtaining voter approval (Art. XIII D, sect. 6, subd. (b)(5)) over the course of multiple fiscal years was illegal and unreasonable.”