Surging tax revenue, rising property values and booming tourism have propelled Sonoma County government to its healthiest financial state since the recession, a recent slate of county reports show.

Yet as the economy recovers, the gap between the county’s wealthiest communities and its poorest has widened, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data.

By some measures, the county’s richest areas are showing strong signs of prosperity, while some neighborhoods have actually experienced an economic downturn in recent years, according to a report published last month by the nonprofit Economic Innovation Group, a Washington, D.C.-based research and advocacy firm that assesses nationwide poverty trends.

By: Angela Hart, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

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