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October 26, 2011 The Julian News 13 rails 00r00llt It's scary season again, and . and budget accordingly. not because of the little monsters The best way to check to iii ;; ell' ;eOeEr  upRi Erleal e sMUt aeEco[ C;[. X who will appear at our doors on make sure that your current Halloween. It's those property General Levy of Assessment is tax bills that are showing up in correct is to compare it with the mail boxes across the state, previous year's bill. The increase Fortunately, as a direct result of Proposition 13, which limits increases in a property's assessed value to two percent annually, most property owners have a good idea what their tax bill &,ill be even before opening the envelope. Still, every year at this time, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association reminds taxpayers to carefully examine their latest property tax bill. Although not common, assessors do make mistakes. Taxpayers should understand the various charges and make certain that they are not being dunned for more than they are legally obligated to pay. The best way to check a tax bill is to have your previous year's bill handy for reference. Checking the bill is especially important for those who bought their homes a few years ago at the height of the market. If the current home value is actually lower than the assessed value shown on the tax bill, the owner is entitled to file for a reduction in taxes. Typically, the property tax bill will show three categories of charges. They are the General Tax Levy, Voted Indebtedness, and Direct Assessments. General Tax Levy The General Tax Levy is what most people think of when talking about property taxes. It is based on the assessed value of, land, improvements and fixtures. This charge usually makes up the largest part of the tax bill and it is the amount that is limited by Proposition 13. Proposition 13, passed overwhelmingly by voters in 1978, established a statewide uniform tax rate of .one percent of assessed value at the time of, purchase and limitedannual increases in assessed value to no more than two percent. From a practical standpoint, this means that once the base year value of your property is established, the General Tax Levy cannot be increased more than two percent each year. This allows all property owners to predict their property tax bills into the future R.ED. should be no more than two percent unless there have been improvements to the property like adding a room to a house. This bears repeating: Because of the current decline in property values in California, many recent homebuyers are entitled to a reduction in their property tax bill to an amount even lower than the tax would be on their home's Proposition 13 adjusted base value. Although the reduction is temporary -- taxes will go up again when the property regains value -- the savings are permanent. If in doubt about the current value of your property, check sales of comparable homes in your neighborhood. If homes like yours are selling for less than the valuation on your latest bill, contact your county assessor and ask that the value and resulting tax be adjusted to reflect true current value. Voted Indebtedness Voted Indebtedness is made up of those bonds and per parcel taxes approved by the voters. Local general obligation bonds for libraries, parks, police and fire facilities and other capital improvements are repaid exclusively by property owners. Because a minority of the population is required to pay the entire amount, the California Constitution of 1879 established the two-thirds vote for approval of these bonds. This assures a strong community consensus before obligating property owners to repay debt for 20 or 30 years. Until the year 2000, local school bonds also required a two-thirds vote, but the passage of Proposition 39 -- backed by a small grouP of wealthy Silicon Valley businessmen ,led by Reed Hastings of Netflix -- lowered the vote to 55 percent. Because the 55 percent requirement guarantees that most school bonds will pass, regardless of merit, many homeowners are seeing a significant increase in the Voted Indebtedness column on their tax bills. Less common than bonds are by Mike Marlaqd I -00--Ijl Weekly SUDOKU 2 by Linda Thistle 8 6 9 6 9 7 4 5 2 8 9 3 1 4 8 7 3 4 1 6 5 8 7 3 1 8 2 5 3 Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine. DIFFICULTY THIS WEEK: * * * Moderate ** Challenging *** HOO BOY! 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. Great Locale, ample parking, easy access, well on property, 2 well maintained buildings and a 700 square foot rental cabin. $697,000. Business sold separately III Panoran00,c V,ew Home on 84, acres, 2 garages, 2,756 sq.ft. 6 bdrm/3 bath, remodeled. REDUCED TO $549,000 This Cuyamaca Lake view custom home in on 4+ acres 3 br, 2ba, 3 car garage, guest suite, 1330 sf bonus room and many custom features $1,375,000 REDUCED TO $599,000 Truly custom in Julian Estates, 3 bedroom, 3 bath, den, 2 car garage on 6.89 acres. 2 master suites, one handicap accessible. Mature forest plus orchard and horse property. i $375,000 3 Bdrm/2 Bath on 1.36 acres in lovely Pine Hills. Detached office/art studio. Garage, Handicapped Accessible. 4 Redwood Decks. 896 sq. ft. Upgraded 2br/lba cabin with 2 fireplaces and 2 covered patios. 37 Acres. Year-Round Creek $499,900 2.53 level acreage of natural beauty with coy pond surrounds this 3Bd/1 1/2 bath home in Wynola Estates. 1813 sq.ft. 3Bd/2Bath, 1703 sq.ft, on 2.51 acres. Customized 2006 Solar Home in Cuayamaca Woods. Welt - 92 gpm. Panoramic Views! REDUCED TO $375,000 REDUCED TO $345,000 REDUCED TO $499,000 11,/4.32 acres on Eagle Peak Rd. Septic, Well, Electric, Panoramic View $175K %/2.5 acres - Harrison Park, well, electric. $99,900 /.49 acres - Harrison Park Lot - ready to go!- $30,000 %/5 acres Harrison Park with well & electric. $109K /8 acres - Pine Hills -Perc test, Septic Layout & Surveyed. Panoramic views Electric Nearby REDUCED TO $1601 and 6.32 acres - Pine Hills - Incredible view lot. Completed Perc Test, Survey and Septic Layout. REDUCED to $175K ~ Both lots at a discounted rate of $320K Unique 27 acre property with Montana- Style barn with living quarters. 2Bd/2bath, fenced, easy access, well, RV ready. Many possibilities! per parcel taxes. These are taxes on property ownership, not on property value. Under Proposition 13, they require a two-thirds vote and are also listed either under "Voted Indebtedness" if they are being imposed to repay bonds or under "Other Levies" if they are for operational expenses of a local government entity. Direct Assessments ironically, under the system in place for over a century, property taxes go into the general fund and are used for local services unrelated to property. For services to property, such as sidewalks and sewers, we pay extra. These charges are known as direct assessments. Because of Proposition 218 -- the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, placed on the ballot by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association in 1996 -- property owners must be given a meaningful say in approving new assessments. Before an assessment can be imposed, or increased, property owners must be informed in writing and be given the opportunity to cast a protest vote on the new assessment or assessment increase. For more information regarding your property tax bill go to HJTA. org and click on Frequently Asked Questions, then scroll down to "About Property Tax Assessments". If you have a question about your property tax bill you should contact the office of your county assessor. It's your money and you have a right to be certain that your bill is correct. Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers' rights. Things do not change; we change. -- Henry David Thoreau i 1: 9 L L 6 8 17 Weekly SUDOKU Answer 617 L 5 L i 9 L 1:69  L 9 g 17961: 17 9 g L i: L 9  17 9 I.  6 I. 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You might be surprised to :King Crossword mm 1 2 12 15 18 26 27 31 34 37 45 46 8 Irritable 9 "Go, team!" 10 Dogfight participant 11 Advanced deg. 16 Hamlet's countrymen 20 Transmit, in a way 23 Ganges attire 24 Prudish 10 11 II 24 25 II 43 44 -- m 32 As specified 33 Impudent 35 Winter ailment 36 Aspects 38 Gaggle member 39 Bottomless pit 42 Thailand, once 43 "All --" 44 Pack cargo 45 Vehicle with sliding doors 46 td counter- part 47 Nugent of rock 49 'TII take that as " answer page 14 opposite __ Greek 50 consonants 5--3- Masseuse's workplace Seraglio 51 Massachu- group setts motto April starter payment 52 Caesar's Joan of - "i love" Enrages 53 Protuberance X rating? 54 Colonial Fedora sewer ' feature 55 Kitten's Conger or comment moray Crafty one DOWN High-quality 1 Verdi opera Fluorescent 2 Lingerie buys 25 Wile E.'s trademark 3 Puts into supplier "Eureka!" words 26 Wasted no "-- Town" 4 Hotel lobby, time Operatic perhaps 27 Neighbor- voices 5 Gas, oil, etc. hood Kill bills 6 Literary 28 Hinge (on) 9-to-5 collection 29 Cowboy A long time 7 Fast time nickname 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. learn that the first automobile insL]rance policy was sold way back in 1897. One Gilbert J. Loomis of Dayton , Ohio, was evidently concerned about the potential damage that could be done by his newly acquired car, so he got general liability protection in case driving his car resulted in someone's death or injury, or in case property was damaged. High-quality opals can be more valuable than diamonds. If you are of a certain age, you might remember that in the mid-1960s, root beer-flavored milk was available for purchase. Then again, you might not; the marketing experiment was a flop and the product was pulled in short order. When people who are blind from birth dream, they don't see images; instead, they hear and feel the dream. For this reason, it's said that their dreams can seem much more real. Those who become blind later in life do see images in their dreams, but the images fade the longer they live without sight. In the early 1900s, the average American got about nine hours of sleep every night. (I presume that statistic excludes the parents of new babies, who have been sleep-deprived since time immemorial.) Thought for the Day: "Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt." -- George Sewell @ 2011 King Features Syndicate, Inc.