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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 »

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 »

Cameron Park CSD has new budget

The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors adopted a tentative 2013-14 budget at its June 19 meeting. The budget was approved on a 4-0 vote with board member Shiva Frentzen absent. Revenues for the district are projected at $5.14 million and expenditures at $5.26 million for the fiscal year. The deficit of $113,290 […]

Comments Off / June 27, 2013 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

CPCSD eyes annexation, prepares for new budget

The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors gave a nod to possibly annexing more property into the district at its March 20 meeting. Advocated by Director Frentzen, the board discussed setting up a committee to look at the district’s sphere of influence with the goal of incorporating new areas into the district to […]

Comments Off / March 28, 2013 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

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