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  The Fresno County Assessor may be able to reduce your property tax assessment if your property was damaged or destroyed by a calamity or disaster such as the Creek Fire. If your property sustained $10,000 dollars or more in damage that was not caused by your actions you may qualify for a reduction of your assessed value by submitting a completed Calamity Application for Reassessment within 12 months of the date of loss. To qualify for a possible reassessment, all of the following requirements must be met: The damage must have occurred within the past year. The physical damage to the…
  PHASE ONE CLEANUP UNDERWAY Phase 1 cleanup of toxic household hazardous waste has begun. As a reminder, this first step is available at no out-of-pocket cost. If your home is on the county's map of damaged or destroyed buildings, you don't need to do anything else to receive this service. If your parcel is not on this map, please contact the Creek Fire information line at (559) 600-4636.SIGN UP NOW FOR PHASE TWO DEBRIS REMOVAL Debris removal will begin in December as part of the Phase 2 cleanup. Those who want this service need to fill out the Right of Entry form online and…
  I have heard from many confused and concerned people eager to cleanup. There have been many unanswered questions. There are some simple but important things we have learned about property cleanup.  This information has been gathered from reliable sources and has been confirmed by Fresno County. It will soon be available on their website. Until then, this is what we know. Complete property cleanup will begin soon for all with homes destroyed in the Creek Fire with no out-of-pocket cost. If you begin cleaning up your property on your own, you could be disqualified from the government…
If your home was damaged or destroyed in the Creek Fire and didn't have insurance or were under-insured, you should apply for Individual Assistance through FEMA immediately. If you're eligible, FEMA funds can help pay for various housing-related items such as:Rental AssistanceLodging Expense ReimbursementHome RepairHome ReplacementMoving/Storage ExpensesAnd more..... You can register for this federal assistance in three ways: Register online at www.disasterassistance.gov Register by downloading and using the FEMA app on your smartphone or tablet, Register by calling the FEMA Helpline at…
SACRAMENTO | Assemblyman Jim Patterson submitted an official request to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) Thursday to audit California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) following months of frustrating delays for hundreds of thousands of people waiting for unemployment checks. While the economic shutdown due to COVID-19 undoubtedly caused significant workload challenges, the EDD has a well-documented history of prolonged poor performance that has impacted California workers for nearly two decades. The audit request letter reads in part: “My office and those of every…