Don Edgar has suspended his fledgling campaign for Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor after his wife took to Facebook to vent over not being consulted about his decision to run for the office.
For the first time in five years Sonoma County has recorded an increase in assessed property values, a trend driven by the rebounding housing market and one set to add revenue for local governments still emerging from a period of recession-wracked budgets.
Sonoma County supervisors Tuesday selected Bill Rousseau, the county’s longtime chief deputy assessor, to replace Janice Atkinson as the county clerk-recorder-assessor and elections chief. Atkinson, 58, is set to retire in December, two years into her second term in the elected post. She is one of the longest-serving county employees, having started her career in 1972.
For a second straight year the decline in assessed property values in Sonoma County has set a record, spelling more bad news for local governments, schools and fire districts that will see $15 million less in tax revenue to fund their services.