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Ocean Resort Villas v. County of Maui — The Documents

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In this case, two sizeable timeshare projects sued the County of Maui in circuit court on Maui, seeking invalidation of the “Time Share” real property tax classification in the Maui ordinances.  The County retaliated by back assessing the taxpayers for more than $10 million, and giving them only 30 days to come up with the money!  The circuit court essentially threw the book at the counties for doing that, and then invalidated the classification for good measure.

This case has been the subject for our series, “The County Strikes Back!”  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

The Foundation’s proposed amicus brief adopts the position of neither party.  The three main issues presented are (1) whether the case is in the right court, (2) whether the retaliatory back assessment was legal, and (3) whether the Time Share classification is invalid.

Because of technical issues, the Notice of Appeal doesn’t include the lower court opinions.  We have extracted them from the Record on Appeal.  We have filed our motion before Maui County filed its opening brief.  Only some of the documents in the appellate case file are included here.

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