Nina Regor, Cloverdale’s city manager for the past five years, is leaving to take a job as top administrator of a city in Washington state. Regor announced she has accepted the job as the city administrator in Camas, Wash.
Several cities in Sonoma County are quietly cutting their taxes on most real estate transactions, a tacit acknowledgment that for years they may have been charging too much. Cloverdale, Cotati and Sebastopol have reduced or are proposing to decrease their so-called documentary transfer tax rate, which tacks hundreds of dollars on the sale of an average home.
Cloverdale expects to have a slight surplus in its $5.2 million general fund at the end of this budget year. But over the next five years, the forecast is for growing deficits each year. For a city with only a token reserve fund of $30,000, it’s a sobering picture. “It’s a cautionary tale,” City Manager Nina Regor said.