The Assessor's office has the responsibility to locate all taxable property in the County and identify ownership. This office establishes value for all taxable property and applies all legal exemptions to the property. We are committed to establishing accurate and fair assessed property values and to assisting property owners and the public at large.
If you have any questions or need further clarification on any information please come in and see me or a member of my staff. We are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To see our contact information, click here.
THE ASSESSOR HAS THE FOLLOWING BASIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
Locate and map all taxable property in Monterey County.
Determine the ownership of all taxable property in Monterey County
Determine the taxability of all property.
Determine the reappraisability of property when it changes ownership.
Determine the reappraisability of property that undergoes new construction.
Annually assess all real estate in accordance with the California Constitution (Proposition 13).
Annually assess all taxable personal property at its fair market value.
Determine and apply all legal exemptions.
Audit all entities doing business in the County and value all taxable personal property.
Provide an accurate assessment roll to the Auditor’s Office by July 1st of each year. The assessment roll becomes the base upon which local property taxes are levied, collected and distributed to the cities, County and special districts to fund government services.