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Americans have become increasingly concerned about the federal government's seizure of privately-held lands and property, especially after the Cliven Bundy incident in Nevada. Now another land owner, Bill Johnson of Temecula, California, claims his property at Vail Lake, the largest privately-owned lake in California, is being threatened by the county, state, and federal governments.
Johnson purchased 11,000 acres of land in Riverside County over 17 years ago, including Vail Lake, encompassing over 1,000 square surface acres of water. Now Johnson claims various levels of government are trying to seize the property, using intimidation under the guise of environmental concerns.
Johnson told Breitbart News: "The habitat is free of any endangered species. The government just wants it because it’s part of their 'core area' due to the properties of water and enormous size."
The article also mentions that the "victim" owes millions in property taxes !! - See more at: www.abovetopsecret.com...
The MSHCP further claims the land should be under government control, since Johnson owes $4.75 million in property taxes, penalties and interest on overdue fees. Johnson has largely refused to compensate the agencies trying to seize his property. He believes that the tax assessments would be fair if he were able to develop or farm his own land--but because the MSHCP will not allow this, his property value is substantially less.
Johnson said, "How can you pay taxes on property you can do nothing with? The government will sneer at you and say, 'It's our property. You need to pay taxes, but the property is ours in the end.' During the 17 years that I've owned Vail Lake, I have not built one single thing on the property. The minute I bought my land, they started taking all my rights away. They stripped the zoning, general plan, and specific plan for the property and open space designation, depriving it of its value."
originally posted by: OuttaOC
It's true he owes upwards of 4.75 million dollars in unpaid taxes and interest, however what ever happened to the mantra, "No taxation without representation?"
suppose he wrote a letter to his congressman, asking for some explanation as to why his property, which when purchased was zoned differently, and apparently had plans for development(or? But obv. He wasn't allowed to do it w/e it was) and he got no answer, or no support? What if its a direct result of fraud, or jealousy, perhaps an opposing bidder has connections, and still has value in that property?
The minute I bought my land, they started taking all my rights away. They stripped the zoning, general plan, and specific plan for the property and open space designation, depriving it of its value.
Currently, the BLM has control over about two-thirds of Riverside County, according to Johnson. "The county claims they need the land to protect lots of rare species," Johnson said. "But there have been studies done that that just isn't true."
The MSHCP further claims the land should be under government control, since Johnson owes $4.75 million in property taxes, penalties and interest on overdue fees.
I don't even know of anything in the Constitution that gives the FEDs the authority to create a BLM, EPA, CIA
He also owes at least three creditors millions of dollars.
The earlier action was filed by Richard Croul of Corona del Mar, Thomas Tahara of Solana Beach and Wayne Gregory of Waukegan, Ill., who are collectively owed less than $450,000.
Cambridge Financial, by far the largest creditor, questioned the motive of the December filing. At the time, Cambridge was attempting to collect debt through foreclosure. Cambridge says it is owed nearly $33 million.