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Proposition 19: Important Changes to Family Transfer & Transfer of Property Tax Base

On November 3, 2020, California voters approved Proposition 19 (Assembly Constitutional Amendment 11, Stats. 2020, res. ch. 31). Prop. 19 adds sections to the California Constitution which changes the rules on the parent-child and grandparent-grandchild exclusions (known as Prop. 58/193) and adds new provisions for a base year value transfer of a principal residence for persons at least age 55 or severely disabled (known as Prop. 60/90) or for victims of wildfires or natural disasters (known as Prop. 50/171). Click here for more information about Proposition 19 

Proposition 13 Property Tax Reform

Property tax value was rolled back and frozen at the 1976 assessed value level. Property tax increases on any given property were limited to no more than 2% per year as long as the property was not sold. Once sold, the property was reassessed at 1% of the sale price, and the 2% yearly cap became applicable to future years. This allowed property owners to finally be able to estimate the amount of future property taxes, and determine the maximum amount taxes could increase as long as he or she owned the property. Click here for more information about Proposition 13 Property Tax Reform

Proposition 8 Decline-in-Value

In 1978, California voters passed Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that allows a temporary reduction in assessed value when a property suffers a “decline-in-value.” A decline-in-value occurs when the current market value of your property is less than the current assessed value as of January 1.

Over the past several years, the Office of the Assessor has proactively reviewed hundreds of thousands of properties that may have declined in value due to the housing market downturn and the recession. In 2013, the Office the Assessor processed 365,000 Decline-in-Value reductions.

However, now that property values are rising, property owners that experienced a reduction in property taxes could see their property bill go up by more than two percent. Taxpayers are encouraged to review this information about Decline-in-Value and how property value is assessed. Click here for Deciline-in-Value Prinatable Brochure

Mills Act Property Tax Program

The Mills Act is an economic incentive program in California for the restoration and preservation of qualified historic buildings by property owners. En-acted in 1972, the Mills Act legislation grants participating cities and counties the authority to enter into contracts with owners of qualified historic properties who actively participate in the rehabilitation, restoration, preservation, and maintenance of their historic properties. The Mills Act permits property tax relief to offset these costs.  Click here for more information about Mills Act Property Tax Program

Property Assessment Data & Maps

The Assessor has developed the Property Assessment Information System (PAIS) to enhance Internet services to the public. Currently you may research assessment information for individual parcels, print Assessor maps, and search for sales within the past two years. Click here to Search for Property Assessment Data & Maps on your home

Guide to New Construction and Property Taxes

Most people typically consider “new construction” as building a new structure or adding on to an existing one. Under California property tax law, however, “new construction” can also mean renovating a structure to change its use; rehabilitating a structure to a “like new” condition; or even removing a structure. However, not every building permit for new construction results in reassessment. Generally, the Assessor’s office reviews thousands of building permits annually. Yet, less than half result in a new, higher assessment. Click here for Guide to New Construction and Property Taxes

Death of a Property Owner

The Assessor’s Office must be notified upon the death of an owner within 150 days of the date of death, or if the estate is probated at the time the inventory and appraisal is filed. Click the button below to complete and submit the Change of Ownership Statement (Death of Real Property Owner). This form is required even if the decedent held the property in a trust. Click here for more Information on Death of a Property Owner