and Special Programs
-Welfare and Religious
-Review Due to Decline in Value
-Williamson Act & Farmland Security Zones
If you own a home and occupy it as your principal place
of residence as of January 1, you may apply for an exemption of $7,000 of your assessed
value. This computes to a reduction in property taxes of about $70 per year. New property
owners automatically receive an exemption application form in the mail.
HOMEOWNER & RENTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
To participate in the Homeowner or Renter Assistance program, you must currently be a United
States citizen or qualified alien and have a total household income in
2000 of $35,251 or less and were one of the following on December 31,
2000: 62 or older; Blind; or;
To request a State Homeowner & Renter Assistance booklet, please
call (800)338-0505. For assistance completing the state HRA forms
click here>> Homeowner
and Renter Assistance Volunteer program.
If you are a veteran who is rated 100% disabled, blind,
or paraplegic due to a service connected disability (or if you are the surviving spouse of
such a veteran), you may be eligible for an exemption of up to $150,000 of the assessed
value of your home.
Property used exclusively for a church, college,
cemetery, museum, school or library may qualify for an exemption.
WELFARE AND RELIGIOUS
Property used exclusively for religious, hospital,
scientific, or charitable purposes, owned and operated by corporations or other entities
organized for nonprofit purposes, may qualify for an exemption.
There is a reassessment exclusion available for new construction, if the
property is for sale. If less than four lots, the builder must file a claim form with the Assessor
prior to or within 30 days from the start of construction. If the property
qualifies, a supplemental assessment is not made until the property
changes ownership, is rented, leased or is otherwise occupied. Builder's
Exclusion Forms are available by calling or writing the Assessor's Office.
Or click here
to go to the Forms Section of this web page to view and/or print a
If a major calamity such as a fire or flood damages your property, you may
be eligible for property tax relief. In such cases, contact the Assessor's
Office to find out if the value of the destroyed improvements can be
removed from your assessment. If you rebuild an equivalent structure in a
timely manner, the property will retain its pre-calamity assessed. To
qualify for this tax relief, the total loss must be $10,000 or more, and
you must file a claim with the Assessor's Office within twelve (12) months
after the property damage.
DUE TO DECLINE IN VALUE
Under Proposition 8,
State law allows the Assessor to temporarily reduce the assessed value of
real property in certain cases where the fair market value is lower than
the assessed value. Click here for a detailed
explanation of this process
If a government agency acquires
real property through condemnation, the owner can apply to transfer the
existing assessed value to a replacement property. The replacement
property must be comparable to the former property. An application form
must be filed with the Assessor within four years after condemnation. Click
here to download the form as an Adobe Acrobat PDF.
AND FARMLAND SECURITY ZONES
If property is in agricultural production it may be eligible for reduced
valuation through the Williamson Act program. Click here for more