Washoe County District Attorney Dick Gammick is at it again — obfuscation and passing the buck.
In July of 2008 he was quoted in a North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article, calling the Incline Village/Crystal Bay tax revolt a “game.” On Aug. 1, 2008, the Bonanza published a letter to the editor from me titled “Gammick's Game-ick”. Among other points, I reminded Mr. Gammick that we hardly considered having to shell out huge legal fees to fight against illegal and unconstitutional methods leading to unfair and unequal assessment treatment a game.
More salient in that Aug. 1, 2008, document was my accusation the county would try to blame the state for this mess. Now, in a Thursday, March 4, edition of the Bonanza, he says IV/CB and the county are “on the same side” and that the real culprit is the state for not giving proper direction to the county assessors. Moreover, he argues his office does not dictate policy and it is the board of the county commissioners who have opted to drag out this process. Of course, if you asked the board, they would say they are getting their advice from the district attorney's office! Point the fingers, do not take responsibility, stall, delay, and take whatever legal maneuvers you can to try to run us out of resources — that has been the County's strategy since day one — eight years ago!
One simple fact is clear — it is the county who has collected the ill-gotten, illegal and unconstitutional money and it is the county who should return it! It is irrelevant as whether it was the state who failed to provide the proper rules and regulations to the assessor or it was the arrogance and attitude of the assessor who ignored the rules and regulations. It is the County who has our money — pay it back now.
I don't believe for one minute the district attorney and his office have not provided counsel to try every legal gimmick to postpone the inevitable. One would think four Supreme Court rulings and seven District Court rulings would get their attention and compliance.
No, Mr. Gammick, we are not on the same side. This has gone on far too long and you and your office are right in the middle of it.
ALERT: #243DATE: September 11, 2010TO: Incline Village & Crystal Bay Property OwnersFROM: Village League Tax Revolt Committee Dear Incline Village & Crystal Bay Property Taxpayers,
The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has accepted our case and scheduled Oral Arguments for October 8, 2010 in San Francisco. Just the fact that this Court recognized the importance of our struggle says volumes about our situation. Only about 15% of all of the cases that are presented to this Court are actually accepted for a hearing. The remaining decisions are made based solely on the documents that are filed by the attorneys.