26 September 2012

"Medical building went missing from L.A. County tax rolls"

Redondo Beach facility's owners did not receive a tax bill for three years. It is one of 15 cases of questionable assessments forwarded to the D.A.'s office.

The Prospect South Bay Medical Center in Redondo Beach is home to dozens of doctors' offices — cardiologists, obstetricians and an urgent care center.
But for three years, the $11-million, 47,000-square-foot building disappeared from the Los Angeles County tax rolls. During that time, county officials acknowledge, they never sent a tax bill to the owner.
The assessor's office forwarded the case of the missing building and 14 other questionable assessments to the Los Angeles County district attorney last month following inquiries from The Times.
Prosecutors are in the midst of an influence-peddling probe of the county assessor's office, examining hundreds of properties suspected of getting illegal tax reductions from a former county appraiser.
Assessor officials said they could not explain why one of those buildings vanished from the roll.
"Slander of Real Estate Titles?"

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