Challenge taxes in time, or you’re out of luck, court rules


If your local school board assesses a new property tax, and an identical measure in a nearby town is ruled illegal a few months later, can you get your money back?

No, says a state appeals court, because property-tax payers have 60 days to challenge new levies and then are stuck with them, legally enacted or not.

If no one objects within 60 days, “the public is forever barred from contesting the validity of the agency’s action,” the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco said Wednesday in a case from Alameda County.

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