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Kuo's Proposed $4.7M Utility Tax Rebate Gains Steam

IRVINE, California - Last night, the Irvine City Council voted to support Vice Mayor Anthony Kuo's proposal to rebate the entirety of the 2021-2022 User Utilities Tax.

"It's important to me to ensure that Irvine's Taxpayers get the public services and quality of life they deserve and pay for," Kuo said. "This year's extraordinary budget surplus gives us the opportunity to give back Taxpayer dollars to Taxpayers!" he added.

Irvine's 2021-2022 Budget anticipates close to a $30M surplus and Kuo's proposal would rebate $4.7M to those who have paid this 1.5% User Utilities Tax that has been in effect since the late 1980s. City staff was directed on a 4-1 vote to bring back options for how these taxes would be rebated to utility ratepayers.

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Irvine Vice Mayor Anthony Kuo is the first member of the Irvine City Council to have grown up in Irvine. First elected in 2018 after nearly eight years as a City Commissioner, he represents the City on the Boards of the Irvine Barclay Theatre and the Orange County Sanitation District. Kuo also represents the City on the Board of Directors of the Irvine Community Land Trust where he is President and the Orange County Fire Authority where he is Vice Chairman. Outside of City Hall, Kuo also serves on the Board of the Irvine Children's Fund and the Advisory Board of Crime Survivors Inc.

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