Jackson School District v. Culbert , 134 Cal. 508 ( 1901 )


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  • This appeal is from a judgment of the superior court of Amador County refusing to issue its mandate to the auditor of that county, requiring and commanding him to levy a school tax of forty-three cents upon each one hundred dollars of the equalized assessment roll of the county. It is alleged in the verified petition that the county superintendent and the county auditor, on or before the fifth day of September, 1899, made, respectively, as required by law, an estimate of the minimum amount required for the county school fund for the ensuing year, which amount was $16,854, being six dollars for each census school child in the county. The equalized assessment roll for the year showed $4,673,220. After deducting from this amount fifteen per cent for delinquencies, and dividing the said $16,854 by the sum so obtained, it would give forty-three cents upon each one hundred dollars as the minimum school tax for the county. The supervisors, when they met to levy the county tax, made the levy for thirty-two cents on the one hundred dollars, and refused to levy the minimum rate allowed, of forty-three cents. Upon this failure of the board of supervisors, due demand was made upon respondent, as auditor, that he should levy the tax, and add the said minimum rate to the assessment roll, but he declined to do so, and this proceeding was brought.

    No answer was filed by the respondent. The judgment, after a recital of preliminary matters, among which is the statement that C.P. Vicini and William J. McGee appeared as counsel for respondent, is: "It is hereby ordered, adjudged, and decreed that said petition be, and the same is, hereby denied."

    It is said that the court filed an opinion, but it is not before us, and we can only surmise upon what ground the writ was denied. The opinion, however, if we were at liberty to take it into consideration, would not supply the defect. Section 1088 of the Code of Civil Procedure provides: *Page 510 "The writ cannot be granted by default. The case must be heard by the court, whether the adverse party appear or not." If the trial court cannot grant the relief upon the pleadings, it would seem to follow that this court cannot reverse a judgment denying the writ unless it is made to appear that such a showing was made before the lower court as would require the issuance of the writ. As the allegations of the petition are not taken as true because of the default, it may be that it was there shown that the board of supervisors had fully performed their duty. At all events, appellant must show by the record that the court erred in refusing the writ, or the judgment must be affirmed and it is so ordered.

    McFarland, J., and Henshaw, J., concurred.

Document Info

DocketNumber: Sac. No. 786.

Citation Numbers: 134 Cal. 508, 66 P. 741

Judges: TEMPLE, J.

Filed Date: 11/18/1901

Precedential Status: Precedential

Modified Date: 4/14/2017