San Francisco, CA asked in Tax Law for California

Q: Tax law on private ownership of a boat mooring...

I own a boat mooring (property) within the estuary of the City of Morro Bay, CA. The bottom land of the estuary on which my cement block sits belongs to the State of California which has granted the City of Morro Bay responsibility to manage (under a City/State tidelands agreement). I am billed annually by the County of San Luis Obispo for property taxes on the parcel on which my boat mooring rests. If we make improvements (example; increase the weight of the bottom cement mooring, the County increases our property value - stated as land improvements). The City of Morro Bay, within their boat mooring polices claim I have absolutely no claim on the submerged property on which the cement mooring sits. The City claims they can evict mooring owners and remove the mooring cement weight and rope/chain at their discretion. If I have no claim, why am I billed for property taxes on the parcel of submerged land? Do I have any other rights?

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D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn
  • Tax Law Lawyer
  • Englewood, CO

A: That's a pretty specific issue, you're going to have to hire a professional.

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