City Attorney Touts Success In Collection Of Delinquent Taxes

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said Monday the city will continue to pursue collection efforts for delinquent taxes well beyond Tax Day.

Trutanich met with reporters on the steps of City Hall to announce that his office has saved $28.5 million for Los Angeles taxpayers over the last four years.

Trutanich – who is set for a May 21 runoff vote against former lawmaker Mike Feuer to stay on as City Attorney – said as much as $300 million in public funds have been protected through civil trial lawsuits.

From 2009 through 2013, the City Attorney’s Office collected over $28,509,992 in taxpayer funds, including $18,549,506 in collection of business taxes in arrears and $9,960,486 in subrogation monies owned to the city, according to Trutanich.

“During the last four years, the nearly 500 lawyers who make up the City Attorney’s Office have worked hard every day and have done everything within their power to protect taxpayers and their money,” Trutanich said in a statement.

The City Attorney’s Office also managed to manage a balanced budget and avoid cost-cutting measures included employee layoffs in the face of drastic budget cuts citywide, according to Trutanich.

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