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Environmental Health

Chevron resumes property tax appeal:Company, county disagree on assessment of Richmond refinery

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 1:10pm

By Katherine Tam STAFF WRITER

After a five-week hiatus, Chevron resumed its appeal Monday to change how the county calculates its property tax at its Richmond refinery, a bid that could affect millions of dollars that public agencies receive every year.
The hearing before the three-member Contra Costa Assessment Appeals Board began in late November with the county's opening statement and picked up where it left off Monday. It resumes Wednesday and continues for at least six more days this month.

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