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Secured Property Tax

The Monterey County Treasurer-Tax Collector is charged with collection of secured (real property) taxes.  Types of tax billed on the secured roll are:

Secured taxes make up the majority of monies collected by the Treasurer-Tax Collector.  Approximately 129,000 parcels of property account for $551,000,000 (fiscal year 2011-2012) in revenue for the County, public schools, cities and districts within Monterey County.

Valuation & Computations

The Treasurer-Tax Collector does not determine the amount of tax to be paid.  The County Assessor determines the value of the property and transmits that information to the County Auditor.  The Auditor computes the amount of tax due by multiplying the net taxable value of the property by the applicable tax rate.  Added to the tax amount are the direct assessments levied by agencies and districts.  The Auditor then transmits the bill to the Tax Collector and charges the Treasurer-Tax Collector with it's collection.

The following Departments are responsible for and should be contacted for additional information regarding:

Valuation Computation of Tax

Monterey County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder
168 W. Alisal St., 1st Floor
Post Office Box 570
Salinas, CA 93902-0570
(831) 755-5035  Salinas
(831) 647-7719  Monterey Peninsula

Monterey County Auditor
168 W. Alisal St., 3rd Floor
Post Office Box 390
Salinas, CA 93902-0390
(831) 755-5040 Salinas

Secured property taxes are levied on property as it exists on January 1st at 12:01 a.m.  Tax bills are generated every fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) and mailed in mid-October and payment may be made in two installments, due as follows:

1st Installment - 
Due November 1st, Delinquent after 5:00 p.m. December 10th.

2nd Installment - 
Due February 1st, Delinquent after 5:00 p.m. April 10th.

If the delinquency date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the hour of delinquency is extended to 5:00 p.m. the following business day.

If taxes remain unpaid at 5:00 p.m. on June 30th, the property will be declared tax-defaulted.  Real property remaining in tax-defaulted status for five or more years will become subject to the tax collector's power to sell.  Once subject to power to sell, real property may be sold at public auction or otherwise conveyed to new ownership.

For more information on property taxes see: