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January 29, 2004 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Agenda item No. 21 before the assessment appeals board Wednesday had John M. Watson's name and a small notation that his property was secured. There was nothing to explain the irony that it was Watson, aka Orange County Superior Court Judge John Watson, who declared the county's property assessment method unconstitutional under Proposition 13. But Watson's visit before the board was personal.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2004 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Orange County officials and tax activists squared off before a state appellate panel Wednesday in a battle over a commonly used method for assessing property values in California -- a case that could lead to an estimated $10 billion in tax refunds statewide. A three-judge panel listened to more than 90 minutes of arguments before taking the matter under submission. The court must issue a ruling within 60 days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2003 | Lynne Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Tax bills totaling more than $805 million have been mailed to property owners, Ventura County Treasurer-Tax Collector Lawrence L. Matheney said this week. While the bills might be unpleasant for individual homeowners, the numbers are good news for the county as a whole, said Matheney, terming it "the one bright spot" in the state budget crisis. "Unfortunately, it's a little bit like a Band-Aid over a gushing wound, but at least we've got a Band-Aid," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County judge who two years ago ruled that a property tax assessment practice used throughout California violated the state Constitution is appealing his own tax bill on a La Habra condominium. Superior Court Judge John M. Watson wants to know why his property's estimated market value rose 41% in one year, resulting in an 18.6% increase in his bill. A hearing before an assessment appeals board has been scheduled for Jan. 28.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
The state and counties throughout California will owe as much as $10 billion to property owners if an appeals court in December upholds a controversial 2-year-old ruling on the intent of Proposition 13, according to court papers filed this week. It is the first time state officials have put a price tag on the potential statewide cost of a December 2001 ruling by Orange County Superior Court Judge John M. Watson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2003 | Daren Briscoe, Times Staff Writer
A robust local housing market helped increase property assessments in Los Angeles County by nearly $50 billion this year, the county assessor's office said Wednesday. Low interest rates, short supply and a strong demand for single family homes contributed to higher home prices, resulting in a 7.4% jump in assessed values, according to a report released by the assessor's office. Property assessments totaled $725.7 billion for 2003, compared with $675.9 billion in 2002, the report said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
County prosecutors are reviewing complaints about a Chicago company that is charging residents to file property tax documents that could be filed with the government for free. County Assessor Greg Smith says his office is receiving about 200 calls a day from residents complaining about solicitations from Property Tax Assessor Records Corp., which offers to file tax exemption forms for $25.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Irvine is back on top of the list of Orange County cities ranked by assessed value, hitting $26.7 billion, according to the county's latest assessment roll. Property values in Irvine -- including land, aircraft and boats -- grew 7.4% over last year; values in Anaheim, which led the list last year, dropped 1.7%, to $25 billion. Previously, the highest property values were in Irvine. The highest jump in value, however, was recorded by San Clemente, where property values grew 13.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Commuter rail systems, such as Orange County's proposed CenterLine project, can boost the property value of commercial buildings, apartments and condominiums, but less so for single-family houses, a new study shows. The Cal State Fullerton report, funded by the Orange County Transportation Authority, found that commercial property values around the United States increased by more than 30% in areas that have convenient access to light-rail systems.
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July 10, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Orange County officials are encouraging residents who intend to challenge the assessed value of their property to visit a new Web page. An interactive program that helps those filing such a challenge is available at http://www.oc.ca.gov/cob/ through this year's assessment filing period, which ends Sept. 17. The program offers step-by-step instructions and will warn the user of any errors once the form is filled in.
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