Letter to the Editor: Hawkins Exec Clarifies Property Tax Facts

“Every mind must make its choice between truth and repose. It cannot have both.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Hawkins Companies has a commitment to provide truthful, accurate and timely information to the public. After making statements recently about new property taxes that were not consistent with the above ethos we checked with the Shasta County Auditor-Controller; because of this visit Hawkins would like to clarify information regarding its generation of new property tax revenue benefiting public schools.

Funding for California Schools is unique, complicated and arcane. California law specifies local school district funding shall come from the California Department of Education. The state determines a dollar amount for each child attending public schools which is the Average Daily Attendance amount and does not change significantly when there is an increase in property taxes within a district’s boundary. The increased property value of the Knighton Road shopping center will generate approximately $400,000 in new property tax to be used for the public schools of Shasta County. Neither Hawkins Companies, nor Shasta County, however, can earmark any certain amount of this money to be used by the Pacheco School District and/or the Anderson Union High School District.

In addition to the increased property tax revenue Hawkins will pay to the general public school fund for Shasta County, the Hawkins Companies shopping center development will pay impact fees of over $350,000. The Shasta County Office of Education, will forward this one time impact fee money directly to the Pacheco School District and the Anderson Union High School District.

We simply want to correct the record and apologize for the oversight. Our campaign materials regarding Measure A will be revised accordingly. It is our hope that this clarification will help you the voter, make a correct and informed decision regarding Ballot Measure A and Ballot Measure B.

We remain proud of the fact that our project will indeed generate additional revenue for county schools and fully support local school officials’ ongoing fight to keep these revenues local.


Jeffery L Hess

Chief Operating Officer

Hawkins Companies

 Jeffery Hess is Chief Operating Officer for Hawkins Companies. Jeff has been with Hawkins Companies and its affiliate Hawkins Smith since 1993. Jeff oversees all development operations from site selection to construction. Prior to his employment with our company, Jeff worked for over 15 years as a licensed general contractor in California, and as a construction supervisor for Georgia Pacific Corporation. He has worked as a city planning commissioner, lobbyist, and advisor to the Governor and legislature of California. He also spent four years in the finance industry as a branch manager. Jeff started with Hawkins Companies in 1993 and now oversees all legal and commercial development operations.

Jeff graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University in Political Science and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho College of Law. After graduation, Jeff clerked for Judge Thomas Nelson of the 9th Circuit court of Appeals and Justice Cathy Silak of the Idaho Supreme Court.

Click here to read the story about the recent debate aout the proposed shopping center on Churn Creek Bottom.

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7 Responses

  1. Randall Smith Randall Smith says:

    Thank you anewscafe.com for this correction. Ever wonder what Judas did with the 30 pieces of silver? Does it really matter? Is another Fairfield what we want instead of TOT on houseboats which we already support for nothing? More than a million dollars a summer are lost because we are afraid to hurt someone's feelings. Lord Keswick took a billion 1900 dollars from our surroundings and we have nothing to show for it except a Superfund site, same for Terry Mill.

    Here were go again!

  2. Avatar pmarshall says:

    All I can say is"so"………yes, here we go again.

  3. Avatar Budd Hodges says:

    Crafty folk these developers. When I-5 was still in the planning, Cecil McCormack of Anderson owned a piece of property in the land to be used for a right of way and built

    a house knowing that the state would have to buy it. They bought it for a heafty sum and McCormack moved the house to a lot he owned in downtown Anderson.

    Developers also promise pocket parks in new subdivisions, as sometimes required by cities and counties, only to let them go to weeds and broken promises.

    The school will get lip service and further danger to it's students. The bottom people get

    more traffic, smog and blacktop on top of rich loam best suited for crops.

    No way and A and Yesireee on B. It's the best we can do for these folk in Churncreek Bottom.

    • Avatar CoachBob says:

      Well, Bud, I've said it a hundred times….that piece of land hasn't had anything growing on it in my lifetime. So, the old saying, "Use it or lose it" seems appropriate to me. Go buy it and plant stuff. Good ground sitting doin' nuthin' is not good ground. Just my opinion.

  4. Avatar Gloria Randall says:

    My question of the day. What Sacramento developer is funding the churn creek bottom (just plain folks wanting a little farm) push to defeat Hawkins regional retail center? A little bird told me he owns the land on the next offramp on I5. Do you suppose he might have an ulterior motive in defeating Hawkins development? Before you vote check and see how many of these folks really farm and how many are just a front for a developer with a secret agenda. Those of us that do farm, in the CC bottom know you can't make any money from 5 acres of weeds and grass.

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