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Thursday, Dec 05 2013 04:31 PM

Direction given, no specifics in city-county suits

BY THEO DOUGLAS Californian staff writer tdouglas@bakersfield.com

City attorneys will return to Fresno County court on Dec. 18, to argue against a demur from Kern County lawyers on the merits of a nearly $1.3 million property tax lawsuit.

It's one of two lawsuits Bakersfield has filed against the County of Kern, the second being a suit to recover $190,854 in payment for fire services its attorneys say the county is withholding.

The Bakersfield City Council heard an update in closed session Thursday in both cases, and gave the City Attorney directions in the property tax matter.

According to the Brown Act, the state's open meetings law, city officials are required to make general announcements about closed session actions. They are not required to reveal proprietary information.

In an interview following the meeting, City Attorney Ginny Gennaro declined to discuss either lawsuit specifically.

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