News BriefsBoard of Supervisors elects new president
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday elected Supervisor Ken Yeager as its new president, replacing Mountain View representative Liz Kniss.
In a statement, Yeager said, "Given the recession, the county faces huge problems, but I believe we are up to the challenge." He will discuss his ideas for the year at his State of the County address on Jan. 26.
Yeager was elected to the board in June 2006 and was vice president last year. Previously he served six years on the San Jose City Council and two terms as a trustee of the San Jose Evergreen Community College District. He chairs the finance and government operations committee and acts as vice chair of the health and hospital committee.
The first openly gay elected official in the county, Yeager received a bachelor's degree in political science from San Jose State University and a master's degree in sociology and a doctorate in education from Stanford University.
— Bay City News
County's online tool calculates property taxes
The county tax assessor's office has created an online tool designed to help homebuyers and real estate agents quickly estimates a property's taxes.
When estimating property taxes before a purchase, "There are a lot of calculations that go on and it can be confusing," said David Ginsborg, spokesman for the county assessor. This tool creates "a nifty little estimate for you."
The online tool can be found on the assessor's Web site at www.sccassessor.org/ste. A property address, purchase date and purchase price are required before the tool calculates a property owner's annual tax bill and tax increases over the next two years.
When someone buys a home, "Often it is the case that taxes are not figured out and it's a bit of a surprise," Ginsborg said. "This helps eliminate some of that surprise."
— Daniel DeBolt