George Runner

State tax watchdog foresees 7.5-cent-a-gallon gas tax rollback

Auburn motorists could join drivers around California sharing in the benefit of a soon-to-be-enacted gas-tax decrease, the state Board of Equalization’s Auburn area represent ...

Another View: Falling gas prices mask hidden tax

So why is it that while other states are now enjoying gas prices of less than $2 per gallon, California is still paying higher prices? Due to high taxes and costly regulations, o ...

Another View: Department of Motor Vehicles needs to stop robbing taxpayers

If you recently purchased a car from a private party, you may have paid too much tax to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. I’ve been hearing complaints from const ...

Placer County real estate leading regional property value uptick

Placer County has emerged from the economic downturn as the regional leader in property value growth, according to State Board of Equalization figures released Monday. With a 6 pe ...

Fire protection fee equals shrewd politics

The severe criticism of State Board of Equalization member, George Runner, opposing the governor’s inspiration for taxing rural property owners $150 for “fire protectio ...

Tax man takes heat for fighting $150 fee

SACRAMENTO — One of California’s top elected tax collectors is facing criticism for his high-profile campaign to block a controversial fee that Democratic leaders say he and th ...