Pine Mountain Lake board voices concern over GCSD tax plan

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There’s a showdown brewing between the Pine Mountain Lake Association, which represents owners of hundreds of homes and other properties in a gated community outside Groveland, and the Groveland Community Services District, which has a new tax plan focused on raising revenue from construction of new buildings to increase future staffing for the local fire department.

The association opposes the new tax plan and wants to see the GCSD board have it rescinded, while the district and its general manager, Pete Kampa, are going full speed ahead.

Joe Powell, general manager for the association, said Monday that he, its board of directors, and its members “had no idea that GCSD was going to levy a residential lot tax under the Mello-Roos Act” until he was notified by Kampa via email on Sept. 17, after the GCSD board had already approved and adopted the tax.

“Why didn’t this happen prior to the GCSD board’s final approval?” Powell asked. “It appears that GCSD was working on the development of this tax plan for over a year.