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Bell residents overcharged $3 million in taxes to get their money back

September 13, 2010 |  8:06 am

Acting Gov. Abel Maldonado is scheduled Monday to sign a bill that would return illegal tax levies to residents of scandal-plagued Bell.

Taxpayers in the small, working-class city were overcharged nearly $3 million in property taxes. Residents in Bell pay higher property tax rates than those in Beverly Hills.

Maldonado will return the dollars to residents in a bill-signing ceremony to be held at 10 a.m. on the steps of Bell City Hall, 6330 Pine Ave.

State legislation was needed to return the money to taxpayers because the law specifies that property tax overcharges normally are redistributed to schools.

Maldonado is serving as acting governor while Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is traveling in Asia.

-- Catherine Saillant