In 2016, voters approved a $60 million bond for the San Benito High School. Now trustees want another $30 million. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.

Housing / Land Use

Sticker Shock: One school bond too far?

San Benito County homeowners continue to see their taxes rise because of local school bonds and fees. Some longtime residents say they are considering moving to other states.

County Office Building on Fifth Street in Hollister, which houses the San Benito County Elections Office. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

County has drop off location for second installment tax payments

Property Taxes are due April 10 and there are several ways payments can be made.

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Business / Economy

OPINION: Time to Quit Using the Property Tax Distribution Rate as an Excuse

San Benito’s property tax distribution rate is not as bad or as wrong as the county would have you believe, but they will continue to use it as an excuse until the voters wise up.

New housing units are still within the growth rate under the city's growth management plan. Photos by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

What is smart growth?

Local politicians and county residents explain what smart growth means to them

Ray Espinosa said an additional employee is needed to bring back staffing to a pre-Recession level.

Government / Politics

Tax Collector’s Office to open full-time May 1

Supervisors overrule treasurer/tax collector department head's objection to opening the office to the public full-time

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COMMENTARY: Part III: Property Taxes – The Bottom Line

“For government the answer is money, now what’s the question?” – Reb Monaco, former SBC Supervisor

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Business / Economy

COMMENTARY: Part II: Property Taxes – RDA, ERAF, & General Distribution

Everyone wants a piece of the pie, including the state