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A tax relief could be coming to property owners whose homes have been affected in the Exide cleanup. County Assessor Jeffrey Prang says he will review property values of homes that have been affected by lead contamination from the now closed battery recycling plant.

Prang and his office will review declining property values in Boyle Heights, Vernon, Maywood, Huntington Park, and Commerce to see if a tax relief can be offered to people whose homes have been affected.

Homes in the contaminated area may be poisoned with lead due to inadequate storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials from Exide. Residents and politicians up and down California have called for an expedited clean up in the years long health issue. Governor Jerry Brown has proposed more than $176 millions of dollars to assist with testing and cleaning properties of the lead but that still needs to be voted on by California lawmakers.

Property owners with questions about the tax relief review can call the assessor’s office at (626) 258-6001.

Boyle Heights Beat

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