SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two branch offices housing the San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk and Tax Collector reopened Tuesday, after being shuttered for about 18 months because of budget cutbacks.
The offices were closed in July 2009 to save money.
A short reopening ceremony was held at the Chula Vista location, which helped about 1,500 customers per week before it was closed.
"We could not have started the year in a better way," said Dan McAllister, the county treasurer-tax collector. "I am proud our taxpayers now have a convenient full-service tax office located closer to their home or business. The goal is for our taxpayers to receive a high level of customer
service, while saving time and money."
The Assessor/Recorder/Clerk's branch offices offer certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates and fictitious business name statements. They will not have any recording, marriage licenses or wedding services for the time being.
McAllister has been working in recent weeks with Ernie Dronenberg, the new assessor/recorder/clerk, to streamline the functions of their offices.
"We are extremely pleased to have accomplished the reorganization of our departments," Dronenburg said. "This has allowed us to provide efficient and convenient service to the people of San Diego County without incurring additional employee costs to the taxpayers."
Branch offices also are located in El Cajon and San Marcos, and the services are available at the County Administration Building on Pacific Highway.
A brush fire that spread over open terrain near the far northwestern reaches of Camp Pendleton Wednesday, threatening homes, has scorched about 700 acres and is now 10 percent contained.
The body of a fallen hero returned home to San Diego Wednesday night, and fellow sailors were there to pay tribute and escort him from the airport to the funeral home in Chula Vista.
Protesters gathered in Rancho Peñasquitos Wednesday night upset over a plan to demolish an affordable housing complex.
Cooler temperatures will continue Thursday with the weather expected to remain stable through the Fourth of July.
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With just days to go before the San Diego County Fair comes to a close for 2017, we are getting a look at all the strange items that ended up in the lost and found.
News 8's Shawn Styles reports from Del Mar with what was left behind.
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