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Report: Yolo County residents getting more bang for their buck

By From page A4 | June 06, 2014

Yolo County residents receive above-average safety and school services for their home property tax values, according to a report released by a private financial advising firm.

Smart Asset, based in New York City, compared K-12 performance data with violent crime rates and average county property home taxes to determine which counties around the United States were receiving the most services for the least amount of money. Yolo County ranks fifth in California and 135th in the nation, topping all neighboring counties in the study.

“For what you’re paying, you’re getting good services, you’re getting low crime rates and relatively good schools,” said AJ Smith, the managing editor for the financial company.

In California, 38 out of 59 counties were assessed. Only counties with populations greater than 50,000 and that reported crime, tax and school statistics were examined.

Yolo County Assessor Joel Butler warned that while this could be a good indicator, actually determining quality of life in an area would take a much more nuanced examination. For example, in California, counties, school districts and cities receive different percentages of property taxes. At 9 percent, Yolo County collects the second lowest percentage in the state, whereas its cities receive the second highest.

Additionally, some cities, like Davis, pass more parcel taxes than others, which can provide extra money for schools and other community services.

Elizabeth Case

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