The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has applied to take 138 acres of land off public tax rolls and consolidate it with parcels the tribe owns at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Highway 111 north of Palm Springs.
The transaction involves four parcels known as the Beylik property next to about 100 acres of the tribe's land that is already held in trust
“We understand there may not be plans for a casino at that site, but we're still concerned,” Schmidt said. “We want to know what would be developed there and how much would the state of California lose.”
Stand Up for California! wants all fee-to-trust real estate transactions to cease until there is reform to federal policy that allows “local government more voice in the decision,” Schmidt said.
“The tribe could build a business on the land and that business would be exempt to taxation. It's a loss to the state and we'd like to see reform of that process,” she said. “They already own the land and market control of the land … why do they need to put it in trust? Why not develop it and pay taxes?”