Monterey County Assessor

168 West Alisal St.
Salinas, CA  93902
(831) 755-5035

 
 
   

 

Solicitations from Private Companies 

Once again many property taxpayers in Monterey County have or may receive solicitations from private companies offering their services to secure a reduction in assessed value for a fee. This is a service that the County Assessor performs for free. Taxpayers are encouraged to wait until they receive their annual notification of assessed value from the Assessor in July or August, before deciding if they wish to challenge their annual assessment and pay a fee to a third party for assistance.

The Assessor is required to assess real estate at the property's Proposition 13 indexed base year value, or at the property's January 1st market value, whichever is less. The County of Monterey Assessor Steve Vagnini believes very strongly that "no taxpayer should pay more than their fair share of taxes."

Paying a private company as much as $100 for an opinion of value is unnecessary. If the market value of your property has declined below its indexed base year assessed value, you will be assessed at that lower value by the Assessor at no charge when he finalizes the assessment roll in late June.

If property taxpayers wish to request an individual informal review of their property's annual assessed value after receiving the July notification, they may do so by returning a simple, printable form available on the Assessor's website. Property owners not in agreement with their annual assessment, who still wish to formally file an assessment appeal for the tax year will have from July 2 until November 30 to file an application with the assessment appeals board.

If you have any questions regarding a possible reduced assessment for your annual assessment, the Assessor encourages you to call his office at (831) 755-5035 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

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