Gustine assessments climb 5.25 percent

The assessed value of property in the city of Gustine increased by more than 5 percent over the 2018 assessment roll, Merced County Assessor Barbara J. Levey reported last week.

Gustine’s assessed value for 2019 was set at $385.6 million, a 5.25 percent increase over the 2018 assessment. Property taxes are a key source of revenue for the city’s general fund.

That percentage increase was the lowest among Merced County’s six cities.

Livingston showed the largest gain at 8.8 percent over the 2018 roll.

Countywide, assessed values climbed 7.2 percent over 2018.

Newman Fire report

Personnel from the Newman Fire Department and West Stanislaus Fire Protection District responded to 24 calls for service from June 10-16.

Fire Chief Keith Bowen said calls included three potential structure fires, 15 medical aid calls, three motor vehicle accident and three vegetation fires.

Bowen said accident responses included a June 11 collision at Inyo and Q which resulted in the transportation of one occupant to a hospital with injuries described as minor; a non-injury accident June 13 at J.T. Crow Road and Highway 33; and a June 14 accident in the 2000 block of Villa Manucha in which responders arrived to find an unoccupied vehicle and a sheared power pole.

The responses to potential structure fires included a June 11 call to the 1500 block of Brookhaven Drive in which a fence was on fire.

West Side weather

Newman resident Marge Carvalho, an observer for the National Weather Service, reported the following high/low temperatures for the past week. Readings for the previous 24-hour period are recorded at 5 p.m. daily.

Monday, June 10: 100/69

Tuesday, June 11: 110/70

Wednesday, June 12: 109/73

Thursday, June 13: 103/66

Friday, June 14: 98/60

Saturday, June 15: 93/56

Sunday, June 16: 96/55