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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2002 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County property owners, riding the crest of a housing boom, paid more of their taxes on time than at any point since the 1980s. But real estate investments didn't pay off for several big business owners who failed to remit their taxes by the April 10 deadline. The county tax collector has received more than 97% of the $680 million owed by local property owners for 2001-2002, up slightly from last fiscal year and far ahead of payment rates during the recession of the early 1990s.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2002
The Oxnard Rotary Club is holding a political forum today with Larry Matheney and Mike Markey, the candidates running for Ventura County treasurer-tax collector in the March 5 election. Matheney, the assistant treasurer-tax collector, and Markey, a loan officer and former Thousand Oaks mayor, are vying for the seat held by Harold S. Pittman, who is stepping down after 14 years as administrator of the county's $1-billion investment portfolio. Today's forum will begin about 12:50 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2002
The treasurer-tax collector's office has recently received increased interest in our bankruptcy claims practices. Lurid headlines have suggested that funds may have been lost, leading some folks to believe that our policies and practices have caused harm to the county's financial situation. The facts show that this is decidedly untrue. Our office is charged with collecting close to $900 million in various types of taxes. Almost $700 million of this is in the form of secured taxes, so we are geared up to place most, but not all, of our focus on collecting the secured roll.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Races to fill open seats for Ventura County's clerk-recorder and treasurer-tax collector positions will be contested, thanks to a last-minute flurry of candidate filings Wednesday. Six candidates will compete to replace Clerk-Recorder Richard Dean, who announced last week he will step down next year after 20 years. They are county Assistant Recorder Philip J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2001 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Acknowledging an 18-month struggle with a disabling disease, Ventura County Treasurer-Tax Collector Harold S. Pittman announced Tuesday he will not seek reelection next year and will retire after 14 years as administrator of the county's $1-billion investment portfolio. Pittman, 62, endorsed top assistant Larry Matheney as his successor, praising the former county government lawyer as "highly qualified." Matheney, 55, said he will formally declare his candidacy soon.
NEWS
July 10, 2001 | NANCY VOGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County officials, realizing that there is no tax collector in outer space, hope to fill the void. Reaching 22,300 miles above the equator, boldly going where no tax collector has gone before, Los Angeles County Assessor Rick Auerbach is angling to impose property taxes on several satellites. Though never done before in California, the move is legal, say state and county tax attorneys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2000
Thomas O'Donnell, San Bernardino County treasurer-tax collector from 1987 to 1998, was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in federal prison for accepting bribes. O'Donnell, 67, of Carlsbad, is the latest defendant to be sentenced in a San Bernardino County corruption case involving four former top officials and three businessmen. U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson also fined O'Donnell $5,000 and ordered him to pay $7,158 in restitution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2000 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County taxpayers, boosted by a booming economy, are paying the tax collector at the highest rate in at least a decade. But several of the county's most prominent corporate citizens failed to pay large property tax bills by the April 10 deadline. Tax Collector Hal Pittman has received more than 96% of the $574 million owed by local property owners during 1999-2000, up a percentage point over the year before and far ahead of payment rates during the recession of the early 1990s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1999 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The currency looks as foreign as a ruble. But to Ventura County Tax Collector Hal Pittman, it's money from home. Pittman owns the largest known collection of antique bills issued by Ventura County banks at the turn of the century. They are rare, antique bills that chronicle Ventura County's banking history and the families that helped shape the county in the early years. Pittman has spent the past several years in an exhaustive search for the treasured bills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1999 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The currency looks as foreign as a ruble. But to Ventura County Tax Collector Hal Pittman, it's money from home. Pittman owns the largest known collection of antique bills issued by Ventura County banks at the turn of the century. They are rare, antique bills that chronicle Ventura County's banking history and the families that helped shape the county in the early years. Pittman has spent the past several years in an exhaustive search for the treasured bills.
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