Property tax

California Aqueduct

Property Tax Hikes Without Voter Approval May Fund California Delta Water Tunnel Project

Funding for Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two massive tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to help transport water to Southern California may come from increased property taxes assessed on homeowners without a public vote.


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Property Tax Hikes Coming To Santa Clara County Homeowners

128,000 homeowners in the South Bay will soon see increases on future property tax bills.



Multi-Million Dollar Fund Proposed To Support Programs For Marin Children

Would Marin County residents support a hike in property or sales taxes in order to fund a broad array of support programs for kids of all ages in the county?


California Department of Corrections prison inmate firefighters remove burned trees from a highway.  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Property Owners To Pay Fee To Bail Out Cash-Strapped California Fire Agency

On Monday over 825,000 property owners, mostly in California’s rural areas near forests, started receiving a $150 annual fee by the state in order to help offset Cal Fire’s budget deficit.


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Cash-Strapped CoCo County Fire Departments Weigh Ballot Options, Station Closures

Skyrocketing pension costs and slumping property tax revenues could send Contra Costa County firefighters to the ballot box to help keep their stations open.



ConsumerWatch: Last-Minute Tax Change Could Mean More For Filers

Just days before the tax-filing deadline, the California Franchise Tax Board dropped its campaign to get California homeowners not to deduct part of their property tax bill.


JoAnn Bell looks over her property tax documents (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Lowering Property Taxes While Paying Higher Fees

A Marin County homeowner looking to lower her property tax bill ended up paying a service more than double what she saved on her bill, until CBS 5 ConsumerWatch intervened.


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Contra Costa County Wants State Supreme Court To Hear Refinery Tax Case

Contra Costa County stands to lose millions of dollars in future property tax revenue from oil refineries, and may even pay a hefty refund to Chevron, because of an appeal’s court’s decision governing how refineries compute the value of their equipment.



Some Contra Costa Cities Hit Hard By Drop In Property Values

Property values have dipped slightly over the last year in Contra Costa County, with some cities feeling the brunt of the burden.


Santa Clara County Property Values Plummet, Schools Suffer

The total assessed value of all property in Santa Clara County fell nearly 2.5 percent last year, the greatest decline since the Great Depression according to Assessor Larry Stone.