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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1998 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thousands of new-home owners can expect to pay $300 to $700 in extra property taxes this year because of a change in the way the county calculates house values. Under the new system, the assessor's office is basing the tax bills for many new homes on the value of each property as well as the value of the subdivision's curbs, gutters, lighting and other improvements funded with certain types of special assessment bonds.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rain was gone and the skies were clear--but the fear that gripped many Ojai Valley residents stuck Tuesday like caked-on river mud. "It's mostly psychological now," 56-year-old Art Isgur said, keeping an eye on the horizon. "You see a cloud in the sky and you start shaking." Isgur was among two dozen east Ojai residents who watched helplessly Monday as rushing flood waters inundated their homes. On Tuesday, he and others began to clean up the mess left behind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1997 | DEBRA CANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the first time in three decades, the Anaheim City School District is considering a building program that would open new schools and refurbish aging campuses. Officials will discuss tonight whether to ask voters next year to approve a bond issue that would pay for the project. "We're just running out of room, and we need some permanent solutions," Supt. Roberta Thompson said Monday. The district has not opened a new school since 1967.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
County supervisors on Tuesday again criticized Assessor Bradley L. Jacobs for his repeated refusal to participate in a state program that could ease the lengthy backlog in property-tax assessment appeals. "I have a little difficulty with you not working with us on this," Supervisor Charles V. Smith told Jacobs during a lengthy debate. "We are trying to help you do your job." But Jacobs said he would not back down, describing the state program as "a scheme" to raise property owners' taxes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1997
A panel of judges has ruled that a Los Angeles County board violated a state law by failing to give taxpayers who were appealing their property tax assessment enough notice before their hearings. The board must now pay whatever 23 taxpayers had asked for on their refund application, said their attorney, Robert A. Pool. He said they should receive a total of $1.5 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Charging that a limousine service is being run out of their neighbor's home and is driving down the property values on their Calabasas cul-de-sac, seven neighbors won a judgment last week in small claims court. Sara Hyman, one of the seven neighbors on Park Antigua, said the dispute with Max's Limousine and Transportation Service has been going on for a year, and, although the city of Calabasas warned homeowner Judy Marino to stop conducting business from the property, she had not complied.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A nagging backlog of 35,000 appeals from Orange County home and business owners protesting past property tax assessments prodded county supervisors Tuesday to create two new three-person appeals boards to clear the logjam. Supervisors also ordered a review of the entire property-tax appeal process, including whether there is adequate staffing in the assessor's office. The assessor must provide auditors to attend appeal hearings and answer questions about how the disputed assessments were set.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1997
Property owners have approved a $709,000 assessment to allows the city to continue to maintain its parks. "This is a tremendous victory for the people of Baldwin Park, said City Manager Carl Yeats. The balloting was required under Proposition 218, which calls for property owners to approve the continuance of special tax assessments for services such as public landscaping and park maintenance. The Baldwin Park City Council had annually approved the assessment until this year.
BUSINESS
August 7, 1997 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Providing fresh evidence that a proposed commercial airport hasn't hurt the local real estate market, a study found that housing values around the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station have kept pace with the rest of Orange County. The report, released Wednesday, shows that from January to June this year, house and condominium values within 6.5 miles of the military site rose by an average of 1.3%. Similar homes in other parts of the county appreciated by 0.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1997
A street light tax has been approved by Torrance property owners who voted by mail-in ballots on reinstituting the levy that expired at the end of June. The deadline for receipt of ballots was Tuesday. The original assessment was passed 20 years ago by the City Council. But Proposition 218, approved by voters in November, states that no local government may impose, increase or extend any general tax after Jan. 1, 1995.
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