Thursday, February 8, 2018

AWA Employee receives Navy & Marine Corps Commendation

Petty Officer and AWA Assistant Engineer Lucas Carthew Recognized for Meritorious Service

(Sutter Creek) Amador Water Agency Assistant Engineer Lucas Carthew, a Petty Officer in the Navy Reserves, has been awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and was a finalist in competition for the Naval Sea (NAVSEA) Systems Command Sailor of the Year for 2016 – 2017.

Machinist Mate First Class (Surface Warfare) Carthew distinguished himself through exceptional leadership and superior performance of his duties coordinating career information for over 20 sailors. According to his commendation, his efforts led to staff reenlistments and advancements, ensuring that his command’s military training, medical readiness and mission requirements were well above Navy standards.

The Commendation Medal is a United States military decoration presented since 1943 to service members for their sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service. Machinist Mate First Class Carthew is recognized for “upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.”

Carthew joined the Navy in 2004, served on the USS Ronald Reagan, and left active duty shortly before joining the Navy Reserves in 2011. He is the Leading Petty Officer for the SurgeMain Unit at Navy Operational Support Center Sacramento, and is president of the NOSC Sacramento First Class Petty Officers Association.  He is a graduate of Sacramento State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

As one of 10 candidates for Sailor of the Year (5 Active, 5 Reservists), Carthew was invited to Washington, D.C. in January to visit the Capitol and the Pentagon. While he was not selected as the NAVSEA Sailor of the Year, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for meritorious service while serving as the Leading Petty Officer for SurgeMain Sacramento in FY17.

As Assistant Engineer at AWA, Carthew is working with property owners and developers, responding to needs for water and wastewater infrastructure. He came to AWA in April, 2017, from Davis, California where he worked for a manufacturing company.

 “The Amador Water Agency honors veterans and service members, and we are proud to recognize Luke for his accomplishments, both as a sailor and as a valued member of our engineering staff,” said AWA General Manager Gene Mancebo.

Amador Water Agency Assistant Engineer Lucas Carthew, a Petty Officer in the Navy Reserves, has been awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and was a finalist in competition for the Naval Sea (NAVSEA) Systems Command Sailor of the Year for 2016 – 2017.

Carthew has recently returned from Washington D.C., where he was invited along with the other 10 finalists for Sailor of the Year to visit the Capitol, Pentagon and national landmarks. Here he poses with the “Lone Sailor” at the United States Navy Memorial.

In December, 2017, Carthew was announced as the Navy Reserves SurgeMain Unit Pacific Region Sailor of the Year.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Plymouth Roundabout Project Ribbon Cutting - Tues Feb 27

The City of Plymouth is the gateway to the Shenandoah Valley, one of California's significant tourism and agricultural regions.  Plymouth, Caltrans, and the Amador County Transportation Commission are gathering on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 10:30 am to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the State Route 49 Plymouth Roundabout.

To RSVP or for more information contact:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

Beneficial Property Tax Information

While most people in the county are taking advantage of a basic property tax exemption that will save $70 a year on property taxes, there may be as many as 2500 homeowners in the county who are eligible who aren’t taking advantage of it.  It is a very common and simple property tax exemption known as the Homeowners Property Tax Exemption.  It is available to every owner of a dwelling which is occupied as the owner’s principal place of residence.

    This means that there could be as much as $175,000/year that is available directly to the residents of the county that is not being claimed. Additionally, this won’t cost the County of Amador County anything because these exemptions are reimbursed to the County from the State of California.  The concept that there could be such a large amount of unclaimed money is troubling, so we are publicly promoting this exemption.

    There are a number of ways to verify if you have the exemption.  The easiest way to find out is to visit the assessor page of the county website ( and click on “Lookup Parcels, Values and Maps”.  An address or a parcel number can be entered and the next screen will have information about the parcel.  In the “Assessment” section there will be a “Y” if the exemption is being used or an “N” if it is not. However, this can also be verified by looking at a tax bill, visiting or phoning the Assessors’ Office.

     If it is determined that the Homeowners Exemption is not being used, a claim can be filled out online by clicking on the “Forms” tab and then the “Home Owners Exemption” link on the following page.  The form can also be obtained by mail or at the Assessors’ Office counter.  It is a rather simple form and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to fill out.  There are general information and instructions with the form, however, if there are questions or concerns contact the office at (209)223-6351 or .

      In publicizing these and other provisions of the California Revenue and Taxation code our goal is to increase public awareness.  Also, I want to remind the taxpayers of the county to contact the Assessor’s Office if they think their property assessment taxes may be affected or if there is a general question about property assessments.  A simple inquiry can potentially save a substantial amount of money on property taxes while making parts of estate planning easier and more reliable.

Jim Rooney
Amador County Assessor

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