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Brad Breithaupt
Article Launched: 02/17/2007 12:02:21 AM PST


Plans for a Ross Valley flood control tax scored a big victory this week. Marin United Taxpayers Association, or MUTA, is staying out of the debate.

"We are actually going to take a pass," said Marin United Taxpayers Association president Gary Ford, whose organization has rarely seen a local tax increase it liked.

Ford said the proposed tax, dubbed a "user fee" for handling stormwater runoff, is too complex for the volunteer MUTA to take on.

Unlike a standard-brand parcel tax that would need two-thirds voter approval under Proposition 13, Ross Valley officials are calling the flood tax measure a property "fee" for use of the drainage system - and they say that means it just needs a simple majority vote of property owners for passage.

The political push has been for a vote in April, and apparently MUTA will remain mute, despite the end run around Proposition 13.
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