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Santa Rosa City Council committee backs cellphone tax

A subcommittee of Santa Rosa council members analyzing the city’s money situation recommended Monday that additional revenue be raised by taxing cellphones. The council takes up the issue Tuesday.

Are they job killers?

It’s an annual rite of the legislative session – the California Chamber of Commerce designates its job-killer bills. How will they fare this year?

Santa Rosa school board weighs bond measure or tax hike

Santa Rosa City Schools is considering pursuing a bond measure or parcel tax to offset deep cuts from Sacramento in recent years. The school board on Wednesday night discussed what remains in outstanding principal from voter-supported bonds dating back to 1991 and whether local voters would support another round of either taxes or bond repayments.

Noreen Evans calls for tax on oil for education, parks

In a replay of earlier battles, state Sen. Noreen Evans is going after Big Oil in California in an attempt to raise money for higher education and state parks.

Finding the pork in ‘fiscal cliff’ bill

Hollywood studios, NASCAR, Goldman Sachs and rum distillers are among the hidden winners in this week’s “fiscal cliff” vote.

Petaluma council to weigh possible tax measures

Petaluma City Council members on Monday will discuss asking residents to increase two local taxes — the citywide sales tax and a tax on those visiting Petaluma in local hotels. Faced with a continuing budget shrinkage, the seven-member council could vote to put either or both tax hikes on the November ballot. The discussion follows several tax increases that Sonoma County voters approved on the June ballot and a Petaluma initiative seeking a new parcel tax to pay for Petaluma parks that just qualified for the ballot.

Fight over cigarette tax comes to Sonoma County

Facing a statewide advertising barrage aimed at defeating Prop. 29, local supporters of the cigarette tax initiative are waging their own voter information blitz through phone banks aimed at reaching voters directly. With only three days left before Tuesday’s election, the final skirmishes over the initiative are playing out all over the state, including Sonoma County, where the new county health officer made a public appeal to voters.

Woolsey, Thompson reject bill to cut payroll tax

The North Coast’s two Democratic Congress members resisted the tide of bipartisan support for renewing a Social Security payroll tax cut Friday, voting against the main legislation on President Barack Obama’s jobs agenda. Both said the sweeping support in the House and Senate was overshadowed by serious flaws in the legislation.

GUEST OPINION: Take a look inside our schools

‘As educators, we ask for your support to help ensure that Sonoma County is a place where families want to raise and educate their children. Join us in the effort to strengthen school funding by supporting the state tax initiative to restore California schools.’

Some Sonoma County cities cutting real estate taxes

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.

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