Daily Tax Report: State

Oakland, Other California Cities, Tackle Vacant Parcel Taxes

Nov. 20, 2019, 6:02 PM

Some Oakland, Calif., property owners will get a break on the voter-approved tax for holding vacant parcels when the tax is implemented next year.

The City Council on Nov. 19 approved dropping the per-parcel tax on owners of fourplexes in certain parts of the city to $3,000 from $6,000 and increasing exemptions from the city’s vacant parcel tax voters approved last year. It’s one of several California cities weighing how to to tax vacant properties—and whether to tax them at all.

San Francisco supervisors are to vote at a special meeting Nov. 21 on a ballot initiative for a vacant...

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