Bell property taxes 2nd highest in LA County

Tax records show working class residents of Bell, where excessive salaries has led to a purge of city leaders, pay the second-highest property tax rates in Los Angeles County - more than the affluent communities of Malibu, Beverly Hills and Pacific Palisades.

County tax records show only the 21 residential parcels in the city of Industry pay more in property taxes.

All county property owners pay a 1 percent general property tax, along with special or direct assessments levied by cities. The countywide property tax average is 1.16 percent, or $11.60 for every $1,000 of assessed value.

Property owners in Bell pay 1.55 percent. That compares to 1.10 percent in Malibu.

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