Santa Rosa, CA – March 7, 2019 – Sonoma County Assessor Deva Marie Proto announced today that
property owners who have suffered damage to their business property, structures
or land over $10,000 due to the 2019 Floods should file a “Calamity Damage
Reassessment Form” to provide property tax relief.
Property owners have 12 months from the event date to file the
Calamity Damage Reassessment form.
Property owners may want to wait until they have information from
insurance providers, or have contractor’s bids for repair work before filing.
Reassessments of property will be conducted by the Assessor’s Office and
supplemental adjustments will be processed retroactively and sent out to
property owners in fall 2019.
It is important for property owners to know that they will still
need to pay the 2nd installment of the 2018-19 secured tax bill so as not to
incur penalties. The 2nd
installment will become delinquent if not paid by 5:00PM on April 10,
2019. Due to annual assessment roll
processes mandated by the California Constitution and the Board of
Equalization, the Assessor’s Office will begin processing the calamity
reassessments in late summer and, if applicable, prorated tax refunds will be
issued by the Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office approximately
30 days after reassessments are completed.
Property owners that have relocated due to the 2019 Floods need to
make sure the Sonoma County Assessor’s office has their correct mailing
address. The Assessor’s Office is working with Sonoma County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax
Collector, Erick Roeser, to ensure that all property tax mailings are up to
date. Ms. Proto asked that all relocated property owners fill out a “Change in
Mailing Address” form and return it by mail to the Assessor’s Office.
Assessor Proto asked property owners who are unsure if they have
already completed a “Change in Mailing Address” form to call her office at
(707) 565-1888 to confirm their updated address.
The Calamity Damage Reassessment Claim form as well as the Change
in Mailing Address form can be found here.