August 19, 2016

Illegal land sale fee leaves Marin family in the red

By Illegal land sale fee leaves Marin family in the red

When Dart and Esther Cherk sold their property in San Rafael, California they had no idea they’d get slapped with an illegal $40,000 fee. The Cherks, who are in their 80s, now have to take a loan out on their home to afford it. Pacific Legal Foundation is fighting this government overreach that’s dipping into the pockets of innocent Americans.

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Cherk Family Trust v. County of Marin, California

When Dart and Esther Cherk needed to supplement their retirement income, they decided to split a three-acre vacant lot in Marin County that had been in the family for six decades in order to sell both halves. As a condition of the lot split, however, the county demanded that they pay $40,000 as an “affordable housing” fee.

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