Calaveras County issued refunds last week of money collected as part of the Measure C cannabis tax that was collected from farmers due to overpayments and clerical errors.

Over $55,000 in payments were sent back from the General Fund after the county collected a total of  $29,000, made up by three “determinations,” and a $26,000 payment from a clerical error, said Brian Moss, assistant county administrative officer.

The $26,000 refund came after a farmer paid his taxes, but had his application subsequently denied, said Moss.

Additional details regarding overpayments were not known as of Dec. 23. Calaveras County Administrative Officer Tim Lutz, a designated information officer for the county, said via email he needed to research when contacted with questions regarding the clerical error and farmers involved.

Refunds may exceed the amount agreed to last week, Moss said. He said officials will return with a “redetermination” in the future.

“The overall economic impact is uncertain at this time,” Moss said.

The refunded tax monies were allotted by a hearing officer, per a July 11 resolution by the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors. The resolution allowed officers to hear cannabis tax appeals in lieu of the supervisors, per a county informational dossier published online.

According to the dossier, the resolution was made to “streamline” tax appeal hearings.


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