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Illegal taxation

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court affirmed that Oakland’s $1.5 million garbage contracts privatizing trash collection for apartment and business owners, which caused collection rates to soar more than 150 percent, require voter approval. The fees Oakland collects from the private haulers, which are indirectly paid by residents’ garbage bills, amount to a tax that must be approved by voters.

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