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WHO ARE WE? - We are a group of concerned Yolo County residents who are taking action against the Yolo County Tax Assessor's office.

WHY ARE WE JOINING TOGETHER? - Because we all share the same story, being illegally over-taxed on our property. In some cases, being taxed on property that does not even exist. The practice of randomly overtaxing new construction has gone unchallenged until now. We have banded together to publicly battle this illegal activity by the Yolo Tax Assessor's office that has gone on for years.

WHAT WE INTEND TO DO - As a group, we intend to state our case to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, Yolo County Tax Appeals Board, the State Board of Equalization, our elected State Representatives and, if necessary, file a Class Action Lawsuit against the Yolo County Tax Assessor's office.
http://www.yoloclout.org/

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? - Whether or not you intend to build in Yolo County, you can and will be affected. We have found numerous cases of new residential construction that has been illegally overtaxed at extreme rates, to the point that many new residents have been forced to consider selling their new homes. The Yolo County Tax Assessor's office is also illegally overtaxing new businesses as well. This overtaxed burden will be passed on to you, the consumer.

WHY HAS THE TAX ASSESSOR'S OFFICE GOTTEN AWAY WITH THIS? - Because it has gone unchecked and unchallenged..until now!
WHAT CAN YOU DO? - You can:

READ TAXPAYERS' STORIES -- Go to the View Comments Page and read others' experiences with the Assessor's Office!
TELL US YOUR STORY -- Go to the Add Comments Page and tell us what your experience has been with the Assessor's Office!
PUT YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS ON OUR EMAIL LIST -- We'll keep you informed about upcoming events!
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROBLEM -- Go to the Links page and read newspaper articles and letters, and see documents about the issue!
WRITE A LETTER TO THE LOCAL NEWSPAPERS AND OFFICIALS -- This link will take give you names and e-addresses of the local media, Supervisors, and the state Board of Equalization!

Originally posted to yoloflatlander on Wed Apr 05, 2006 at 08:47 AM PDT.

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  •  Let me see if I've got this right..... (1+ / 0-)
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    snout

    I don't support improper taxing; assessors should be held to a high standard.  I also don't support implementation of taxation procedures in a manner not approved by the voters.  I'm not an expert in this matter and would like to hear your opinion on what I've written.

    Isn't Prop. 13 the proposition that does away with regular, periodic property assessments for tax and value purposes and replaces them with assessments only on transfer or re-financing?

    Isn't Prop. 13 one of the main reasons our schools aren't funded and state services on the whole suck?

    I went to CA schools as a child (pre-prop 13) when they were considered one of the best in the country.  They aren't so highly regarded now.

    However, I am troubled by the lack of government support for local educational services the children of recent immigrants.  We are a border state in need of federal assistance to make sure these kids receive an education.  We fail to educate them at our peril.

    It seems to me that the combination of Prop. 13 and the lack of federal relief has forced our kids and our schools to take an huge hit.  

    Blogatha! The political, the personal. Not necessarily in that order.

    by ksh01 on Wed Apr 05, 2006 at 09:09:36 AM PDT

    •  yes, exactly right (1+ / 0-)
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      ksh01

      plus I checked out the web site, and it looks like this is a dispute between an incumbent assessor and Bob Milbrodt, an appraiser who works (worked? on leave?) in the Yolo tax assessor's office who is running against the incumbent.

      bad headline, not giving all the details -- using dKos for a personal political dispute. The local Democratic Club endorsed the incumbent, is Mr. Milbrodt a Republican, with a personal political agenda, posting his misleading diary here on dKos, "the Democratic blog"? who knows, maybe this is a very legitimate story, but the way it's presented here is NOT.

      The reason I'm posting this, instead of just ignoring it, is so whoever posted this might feel reluctant to use this link as campaign propaganda.

      re: Prop. 13 local officials are between a rock and a hard place right now, with Prop 13, mandates from the state, cuts in fed support for things rural districts need (e.g., for grants to replace fire equipment), etc. There's a history in N. CA of underassessing large tracts of corporate property -- i.e., timberland -- so if Yolo officials are turning to newcomers to pay the bills, it's no surprise.

      If newcomers are assessed at too-high rates, I'd bet money they sold the properties they owned before moving to Yolo County "at too high rates" -- i.e., considerably higher than the assessed value -- too.

      a link I can't get more of (reg required), says:

      State investigation clears Yolo assessor  

      Article ID: 3624305
      Date: March 21, 2006
      Publication: Daily Democrat, The (Woodland, CA)

      Investigators following up on employee complaints have found no evidence of wrongdoing in the Yolo County Assessor's Office. The State Board of Equalization began investigating the department in February after receiving formal complaints from appraiser Bob Milbrodt, who charged that officials had violated numerous rules in valuing properties too high or too low.. The team assigned to the office found "no evidence of improper assessments of the properties they....

      •  See this article (2+ / 0-)
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        jennifer poole, ksh01

        in the Sac Bee:

        Milbrodt has been placed on paid administrative leave, and county Assessor Dick Fisher told SN&R that Milbrodt's handling of the tax records also had been forwarded to the district attorney.

        Milbrodt, who is running for county assessor against Joel Butler, called the report by the State Board of Equalization "a whitewash," saying that the board never addressed his claims of conflict of interest. He and his supporters have formed a group called Citizens Lobbying Over Unlawful Taxation (CLOUT)--to expose what Milbrodt says is a pattern of arbitrary property-tax assessments in the county.


        Is Yoloflatlander Bob Milbrodt?

        Mother Nature bats last.

        by pigpaste on Wed Apr 05, 2006 at 09:51:37 AM PDT

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        •  I believe so, myself. (0+ / 0-)

          and then there's this woman whose complaint about high taxes is cited at the CLOUT website (there don't seem to be many people complaining) who is described as the publisher of something called "The Flatlander."

          Looks like it's all in the family to me.

          thanks for the Bee article, pigpaste.

          yes, Mr. Milbrodt, no denying "whitewashes" happen -- and as I said, maybe you've got a legitimate complaint, but again, given the way you've presented your diary here, I tend to be a skeptic about your view of the matter.

  •  too bad it hasn't been appealed... (0+ / 0-)

    Yolo County Tax Assessor's explanation of supplemental taxes.

    Mother Nature bats last.

    by pigpaste on Wed Apr 05, 2006 at 09:44:35 AM PDT

  •  I'm a Yolo County Resident (0+ / 0-)

    I recently bought a newer home in Davis, and my taxes are outrageous. I'd like to learn more about CLOUT's position, as it's not clear from your diary. How are residents being "illegally" overtaxed? How does this relate to Prop 13, and why do you state that it's been repealed?

    Ray in Davis

    Please, if it's not to late, make it a cheeseburger

    by rkex on Wed Apr 05, 2006 at 09:47:13 AM PDT

  •  Prop 13 should be repealed (0+ / 0-)

    It was a bogus Grandfather tax scheme that locked in current (at the time) property owners to an unreasonably low tax rate at the expense of everyone else. Taxes should be equal and fair.

    As the owners who are benefitting under Prop 13 die off, Prop 13 will die along with them and good riddance. To the Proposition, not the homeowners.

    -7.38, -6.46
    The Truth is the engine of our judicial system. --Patrick Fitzgerald

    by pucklady on Wed Apr 05, 2006 at 10:40:45 AM PDT

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