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Property Tax Delinquent if Not Paid By April 11

Property Tax Delinquent if Not Paid By April 11

The Yolo County Tax Collector’s Office reminds taxpayers who own property in Yolo County that the second installment of 2015-16 Secured Property Tax, due February 1, 2016, will be delinquent if not paid by April 11, 2016.

To avoid a penalty, property taxes must be paid by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016, after which a 10 percent penalty and $10.00 cost must be added.  Envelopes must be postmarked no later than April 11, 2016 if taxes are paid by mail.  It is suggested that payments be mailed a few days before the April 11 deadline to ensure the envelope will have the proper postmark.  The only acceptable postmark for deadline payments is a U.S. Postal Service postmark.

Current law does not relieve property owners of payment responsibility or the imposition of penalties because of failure to receive a tax bill.

Drought Housing Relocation Funds Approved

Drought Housing Relocation Funds Approved

The California Department of Housing & Community Development has awarded $150,000 to Yolo County to provide relocation assistance to Yolo County residents without access to potable water as a result of the drought.

This award, from the Community Development Block Program, is part of the Drought Housing Relocation Assistance Program which was established under the governor’s drought state of emergency to assist eligible households, renters and homeowners in relocating and receiving rental assistance for 12 months in the event they lack reasonable access to potable water as a result of the drought.  The program also provides assistance with security deposits, last month’s rent and a one-time moving cost allowance.

Ed Short Appointed Chief Building Official

Ed Short Appointed Chief Building Official

The Yolo County Department of Planning & Public Works recently welcomed Ed Short as the county’s new chief building official.  Most recently, Mr. Short worked as a consultant to the City of Stockton’s Community Development Department.

Prior to his work for the City of Stockton, Mr. Short was a principle/supervising engineer and interim chief building official for the City of Sacramento, a code compliance manager/building official for  Bureau Veritas/Berryman and Hennigar and a building official/public works director for Pacific Municipal Consultants.  Mr. Short has also held engineering positions with the County of Sacramento.

Mr. Short received his bachelors of science in civil/structural engineering from the University of California, Davis.  He is a licensed professional engineer, a credentialed building official and a certified flood manager.

Request for Ideas for Future Uses of the Yolo County Courthouse

Yolo County has issued a Request for Ideas in an effort to solicit creative input regarding the future use of the Yolo County Courthouse.  When the Yolo Superior Court completes the construction of their new facility in 2015, the existing building and property will revert to the county for its use upon the court’s departure.  The Board of Supervisors recognizes this as an opportunity to consider alternative and innovative approaches to the reuse of the facility. 

Building Inspection Division High Rating Results in Lower Insurance Rates

This summer, the Building Inspection Services Division of the Yolo County Planning & Public Works Department was surveyed by the Insurance Service Office (ISO) Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule.  The survey resulted in a Building Code Effectiveness Grading Classification of 2 – a high rating – for its commercial and residential properties codes and inspections. 

Where's the Relief?

Where's the Relief?

By now, we’ve all heard the news, “CA and NY have joined the multi-state mortgage settlement.” As a real estate and mortgage professional, I did (legal) loan modifications for nearly four years and I can assure you, California joining this lawsuit will do little to help California home owners struggling to keep their homes.  

Let’s look at the facts, the most important one being that CA has six out of the top ten cities in the nation hardest hit by declining home values (Modesto (4), Merced (5), Stockton (7), Riverside (8), Bakersfield (9), and Vallejo/Fairfield (10), with many of them 30-50% underwater.

The bottom line is this, a $20,000 principal forgiveness is not nearly enough to help balance out the numbers from underwater to break-even.

Free real estate mobile app launched

Cheri Elliott, one of America’s most legendary cyclist and locally well known as “The Broker on a Bike,” announced the launch of her free real estate mobile app.

The app uses GPS, when available, to locate the user and instantly display real estate listings in the immediate area. No more having to pull flyers.  You can see and save all the listings details and photos on the spot. Users can also search by address, city or zip code to see property details for all homes for sale in a specified area, including price, square footage, estimated mortgage, taxes, features, maps, pictures and more. The “Refine Search” feature lets users select a price range, property type and the number of beds and baths to help them find just what they’re looking for. 

It works on standard cell phones, smartphones, and iPhones/iPads across all mobile carriers.   Cheri explains, “This tool is extremely powerful.