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Larry Stone

Santa Clara County Assessor

Larry StonePulitzer Prize winning author and Washington Post reporter, Haynes Johnson described Larry Stone as “bright, articulate; an American rarity, a proven political success in a time of political failure.”  Longtime San Jose Mercury columnist Scott Herhold said Stone is one of the top 25 most powerful leaders in San Jose, and the third most powerful elected official.  He was first elected in 1994 and overwhelmingly reelected in 1998, 2002 and 2006.

He has been a financial manager on Wall Street and was the founder of two successful Bay Area real estate investment and development firms.  He also served 16 years as a council member and mayor of Sunnyvale during the period the city earned an international reputation for effectiveness and became a model for President Clinton and Vice President Gore’s efforts to reform the federal bureaucracy.

Larry Stone also has been an active and effective civic leader in many fields ranging from the arts, to education, to the environment.  Author Haynes Johnson described him as “bright, articulate; an American rarity…a proven political success, in a time of political failure.”

A native of Seattle, he has an MBA from the University of Washington and has studied at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  He and his wife Carmen have lived in Sunnyvale since 1970 where they raised three sons.

Suggested Questions:

  • What triggers a reassessment?
  • Will refinancing trigger a reassessment?
  • What are some of the common myths about property taxes?
  • Are there ways to legally avoid reassessment?
  • What is the County total assessed value and how does this compare to last year?
  • What is your budget, how many people work in your office?
  • How much of the property tax revenue generated by your office stays in the County?
  • Do I have to pay to apply for a Homeowner Exemption?
  • How can I transfer my low assessed value to my children or grandchildren?
  • What happens when the market value falls below my purchase price?
  • What should a property owner do if over assessed?
  • When is the deadline to file an assessment appeal?
  •  How successful are appellants?
  • How are record foreclosures impacting assessed values in Santa Clara County?
  • What are the important deadlines and dates?
  • What is the role of the Assessor?
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