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No new taxes, fire officials confirm

A sign warning Latrobe residents that they would pay higher taxes if the El Dorado Hills Fire Department annexed the community’s fire department brought about 20 concerned resident to Millers Hill School earlier this month. The sign was wrong. “Will your tax rate change after the annexation? Absolutely not,” Latrobe Fire Chief Chris Couper assured the […]

Comments Off / July 17, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Serrano residents want school financing end date

Two recent El Dorado Schools Financing Authority special meetings ended with more questions about when Mello-Roos tax obligations will cease for Serrano residents, also known as Community Facilities District No. 1. The El Dorado Schools Financing Authority was created in June 1990 as a joint powers agreement by and between the area’s three school districts: […]

4 Comments / November 09, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Parker, January join forces on new senior center

The proposed Center for the Ages would be next door to Fire Station 85 on El Dorado Hills Boulevard. Amenities would include a therapy pool for seniors and a main hall for conferences or other gatherings that could accommodate 500 to 600 people. Courtesy graphic

Local historian and community activist Betty January hopes to work her magic yet again. Just as her perseverance got the El Dorado Hills Library built with the help of Parker Development, January has partnered with the Serrano developer once more to bring a new senior center to fruition. A Center for the Ages of El Dorado […]

2 Comments / September 07, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crib notes: The smart phone standoff

At long last we’ve found a happy medium. My seventh-grader got his much-desired smart phone this summer and everything I dreaded about it hasn’t happened (knock on wood). He’s not on it 24/7 or even head down, zoned out, while we’re in public places. That was our first social stipulation about getting such a device. […]

Comments Off / September 09, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Saving is good … but it’s not investing

Iain Marshall

It’s a good thing to have some savings. When you put the money in a low-risk account, you can be pretty sure it will be readily available when you need it. Nonetheless, “saving” is not “investing” — and knowing the difference could pay off for you far into the future. Think about it this way: […]

Comments Off / February 25, 2014 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Taxpayers warned of new tax scams

SACRAMENTO — With the tax season upon us, the Franchise Tax Board reminds taxpayers to be wary of theft ploys involving scammers attempting to mimic FTB to obtain access to your personal information. “Do not give out social security, bank or credit card numbers over the telephone or by e-mail to anyone who cannot verify […]

Comments Off / February 06, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

New Safe Harbor deduction

Effective for tax years beginning in 2013, taxpayers can elect a simplified deduction for the business use of their home. The deduction is $5 per square foot with a maximum square footage of 300. Thus, the maximum deduction is $1,500 per year. Here are the details of this simplified method: Annual election – A taxpayer […]

Comments Off / January 16, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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