Without comment, the Orange County Board of Supervisors dropped discussion Tuesday of a proposal to provide property tax relief to residents hammered financially by the COVID-19 crisis.
The proposal by Supervisor Andrew Do would have waived penalties and fines for delinquent property tax payments for residents hurt financially by the coronavirus pandemic.
Do wanted to give residents a 90-day waiver of penalties for property tax payments.
“If this is not a catastrophe to warrant some kind of accommodation, then what is?” Do said before Tuesday’s board meeting.
Instead, the board unanimously approved a directive to the county’s Chief Executive Officer Frank Kim to send a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom and members of Congress representing Orange County requesting “no-interest financing to cover any greater-than-normal” dropoff in property tax revenue for the county and other agencies such as cities, schools and special districts.
After the board’s meeting, Do said county officials determined they needed to do more research on the proposals before acting.
The board also dropped discussion of an emergency moratorium against all evictions for county-owned properties through June 30 if the tenant can’t pay the rent due to costs related to coronavirus.
Do said he had it deleted because Newsom’s order over the weekend would take precedence over whatever the county would do on the issue.
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