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Walters: Locals Seek New Taxes Despite $4B Property Tax Surge

Local government officials throughout the state got some very good financial news when county tax assessors toted up changes in taxable property values for their 2018-19 budgets. The state’s uber-strong real estate market generated a 6.51 percent increase in those values, adding another $374 billion to the property tax rolls...

A Better Fresno Is Within Our Grasp. Will We Do the Smart Thing?

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand isn't giving up on seeing a half-cent public-safety and parks sales tax  — split right down the middle — make it to the November ballot. Despite the rejection of his proposal by the Fresno City Council, he's determined to see the plan's resuscitation and, ultimately, $44...