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  • Assessor's Office managers got bigger tax reductions than neighbors in these neighborhoods

    Former Assessor Kathleen Kelleher and former Assistant Assessor John Solie received significantly lower valuations than neighboring property owners during the recessionary housing crash. One difference: their properties were appraised by outside assessors under rules designed to prevent conflicts of interest. Neighbors had their properties valued by a mass appraisal computer system.

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During the housing crash of the last decade, three top managers in the Sacramento County Assessor’s Office received bigger breaks on their tax bills than neighbors with similar properties.

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Citrus Heights police: Too quick to shoot?

Officers in the city of Citrus Heights, a suburb of Sacramento, shot and killed more residents per capita from 2013 through 2016 than any other department of significant size in California. Citrus Heights police shot and killed the same number of people from 2013 through 2016 as the Police Department in Oakland, a city with five times as many residents and a much higher violent crime rate.

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Two police killings two decades apart leave same questions for Sacramento families

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In the years since Sheriff Scott Jones took office, concealed carry permits have surged in Sacramento County, and now number about 8,000. As of February of this year, Jones had revoked more than 150 county-issued permits for a variety of reasons, including gun-related crimes. In 2015, Jones’ office had a higher rate of revocations to permits than any of the other 25 counties with the most active permits that year.

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Assessor's Office managers got bigger tax reductions than neighbors in these neighborhoods

Former Assessor Kathleen Kelleher and former Assistant Assessor John Solie received significantly lower valuations than neighboring property owners during the recessionary housing crash. One difference: their properties were appraised by outside assessors under rules designed to prevent conflicts of interest. Neighbors had their properties valued by a mass appraisal computer system.
Brad Branan bbranan@sacbee.com
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