The county of San Diego has opened a Recovery Liaison Office in San Marcos to help property owners who need to rebuild, while Carlsbad will open an office Monday.

The office at the San Marcos branch library, 2 Civic Center Drive, will offer services from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily beginning Saturday, county officials said.

Residents can get help on how to obtain building permits, clear ash from swimming pools, safely handle food after a power outage and other recovery and rebuilding information. A mental health specialist will also be available.

Information also can be obtained online at a dedicated recovery site.

In Carlsbad, the city’s Faraday Administration Center, 1635 Faraday Ave., will open Monday at 7:30 a.m. to assist those with questions about housing and rebuilding. Up to 50 households and businesses suffered partial or total losses when their homes, apartments or businesses were damaged.

On Tuesday, the county Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution to waive building fees in unincorporated areas or other neighborhoods where county approval is required. The supervisors will also be asked to approve a system for residents to replace documents like birth certificates and marriage licenses.

The county Assessor/Recorder Clerk’s Office has offered to reassess damaged properties to lower homeowners’ taxes and to keep the lowered values in place until rebuilding is completed.

– City News Service

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