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July 21, 2000 | DAVID KELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city of Ventura said Thursday that it will abandon plans to stop paying its share of county sales tax if it can get the money back in services, resources or property. County officials looking to defuse an explosive situation quickly embraced the idea. "I'm very pleased with it," said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Kathy Long. "It took what could have been a very complicated situation and made it easier."
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September 24, 2004 | Daryl Kelley, Times Staff Writer
Property tax bills that Ventura County will mail next month will reflect a $74-million increase after an unprecedented run-up in home prices prompted what is believed to be the largest growth in values in county history. Home and business owners will be required to pay about $879 million in 2004-05, a 9.2% increase from last year, said county Treasurer-Tax Collector Lawrence Matheney. The bulk of that increase comes from the adjusted value of about 17,000 dwellings that were sold in 2003.
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April 28, 1993 | TINA DAUNT
County supervisors voted Tuesday to proceed with plans to withhold property taxes from Sacramento, joining a protest against Gov. Pete Wilson's plan to slash funds to local governments. At the urging of Supervisor Maggie Kildee, the board voted 4 to 0 to adopt an ordinance that bars the county's auditor-controller from turning over nearly $50 million in property tax revenue next year. At a time when the state is considering cutting its assistance to local governments by $2.
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May 5, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
By a 4-1 vote, Ventura County supervisors agreed Tuesday to place a one-quarter of a cent sales-tax increase measure before voters in the November general election. Money raised, about $25 million a year, would pay for acquisition and preservation of open lands in the county. The measure will also ask county voters to create an open space district that would administer the funds.
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May 1, 1993 | TINA DAUNT
The Ventura County grand jury on Friday asked the Board of Supervisors to consider cutting the overtime of firefighters and eliminating middle managers before taxing residents for county fire services. In a one-page letter by foreman Woodrow Shumate, the grand jury said the county has a responsibility to county property owners to streamline operations before implementing a tax.
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May 5, 1993 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Small businesses across Ventura County will soon be able to avoid tough anti-pollution rules that require their employees to car-pool, by instead helping the county get smog-belching clunkers off the road. The Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 1 Tuesday to allow medium-sized companies--those with 50 to 99 workers--to contribute $17 to $50 per employee to a county fund to purchase old exhaust-spewing cars from their owners and retire them to the junkyard.
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April 23, 1993 | TINA DAUNT
The Ventura County grand jury on Thursday urged county supervisors to get permission from voters before taxing property owners for firefighting, mosquito abatement and a host of other services. In a one-page letter sent to the board members, the grand jury called the special assessment taxes on county property owners "very regressive." "The grand jury firmly believes in the spirit and purpose of Proposition 13," panel foreman Woodrow Shumate wrote to the board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1993
Fillmore is the first city in Ventura County to agree to a property tax increase in a bid to save the county's mosquito abatement program, a county official said. The City Council voted 3 to 2 to authorize the $1.12-per-parcel increase, which could take affect for the 1993-94 fiscal year. Councilmen Roger Campbell and Scott Lee dissented.
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November 25, 1989
The Times was full of good news for the labor force (Nov. 18). While the newly enacted minimum wage will produce only $7,904 annually based on a 40-hour week beginning in April, 1990, only one year later it will leap to $9,140 per year. Meanwhile, those who labor in the halls of Congress will have to struggle by on $98,200 (senators) and $125,000 (representatives).
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April 14, 1993 | TINA DAUNT
Ventura County supervisors plan to consider an ordinance that would prohibit the state from using local property tax money to balance its budget. At the recommendation of Supervisor Maggie Kildee, the board on Tuesday directed county staff to prepare a report on a recently adopted ordinance in Contra Costa County that bars the auditor there from turning over property tax revenue to Sacramento. At a time when the state is considering taking away $2.
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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.
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October 8, 2003 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County supervisors Tuesday opened the door for a 2004 ballot measure creating an open-space district, but not before the idea caught some flak from other local officials. Although they voted 4 to 0 to move forward with the idea, supervisors have not approved putting the measure on the November 2004 ballot. It was proposed by a 41-member committee they appointed last year.
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July 21, 2000 | DAVID KELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city of Ventura said Thursday that it will abandon plans to stop paying its share of county sales tax if it can get the money back in services, resources or property. County officials looking to defuse an explosive situation quickly embraced the idea. "I'm very pleased with it," said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Kathy Long. "It took what could have been a very complicated situation and made it easier."
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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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May 30, 1993 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura County Fire Department costs much more than any city fire department in the county--almost $30 more per person than in the city of Ventura and more than twice as much as Oxnard. But, as the controversy grows over a proposed new fire tax, the county's defense of higher costs is that county firefighters do much more than their city counterparts.
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May 18, 1993 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN
Senior citizens, business leaders and representatives of Ventura County's sheriff's deputies, firefighters and library workers are slated to take part in two "taxpayer revolt" rallies Wednesday in Simi Valley and Ventura. County supervisors Vicky Howard and Maggie Kildee helped set up the events, intended to protest Gov. Pete Wilson's plan to use $2.6 billion in local property taxes to help balance the state budget.
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January 22, 1993 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Ventura County supervisors went on record Thursday as supporting a half-cent sales tax increase to extend a proposed elevated rail line through the San Fernando Valley into Thousand Oaks. Following a briefing in Woodland Hills on the projected costs and ridership for the San Fernando Valley portion of the elevated line, Ventura County Supervisor John K.
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April 28, 1993 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura County supervisors on Tuesday agreed to move forward with plans to tax most county homeowners $110 next year to help finance Fire Department services. Without the tax, county Fire Department officials said they would be forced to close nine fire stations, lay off up to 200 employees and decimate paramedic and firefighting efforts to offset a state funding cut of $20 million--nearly 40% of the department's budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1993 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Small businesses across Ventura County will soon be able to avoid tough anti-pollution rules that require their employees to car-pool, by instead helping the county get smog-belching clunkers off the road. The Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 1 Tuesday to allow medium-sized companies--those with 50 to 99 workers--to contribute $17 to $50 per employee to a county fund to purchase old exhaust-spewing cars from their owners and retire them to the junkyard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1993 | TINA DAUNT
The Ventura County grand jury on Friday asked the Board of Supervisors to consider cutting the overtime of firefighters and eliminating middle managers before taxing residents for county fire services. In a one-page letter by foreman Woodrow Shumate, the grand jury said the county has a responsibility to county property owners to streamline operations before implementing a tax.
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