Santa Rosa, CA – August 21, 2019 – Sonoma County’s net property
tax assessment roll is now at $94,206,358,719.The increase of 5.87% is higher
than last year’s roll percentage increase and indicates an upward trend in
property tax revenue growth. The assessment roll reflects the total net
assessed value of all real and business property in Sonoma County as of January
The major beneficiaries of
property tax revenue are public schools, community colleges, cities and the
County. Approximately fifty percent of local property tax revenue generated in Sonoma
County goes to fund public education.
“The combination of a strong
real estate market (that included a post fire construction build-back), the
annual consumer price index increase of 2% , and the continued restoration of
assessments that were temporarily reduced during the real estate Great
Recession, led to the 5.87% increase,” stated Clerk - Recorder - Assessor, Deva
As they have in the past few years, some residential
property owners will see either an increase in assessed value or a full
restoration of their Proposition 13 base year value. Since 2007, the Sonoma
County Assessor’s office has been reviewing thousands of properties in response
to property owner requests as well as proactively reviewing assessed values
county-wide, this year reviewing over 5,200 fire-affected properties as well.
For the 2019-2020 assessment roll, only 6,642 property assessments remain in
the decline status. Properties that were built back following the fires, still
under the same ownership, and the size or utility of the original property did
not increase, will retain their Proposition 13 base year value.
County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Proto commented, “The
Assessor’s office is working through unprecedented times due to
calamity-related events. We want to ensure that the public has advanced notice
of their property taxes, and stand ready to work with property owners to
explain the process.”
The 2019-2020 assessed values and value notices are
now available on the assessor’s website: www.sonomacounty.ca.gov/CRA/Assessor/.
This notice serves as the basis for the property tax bill mailed in the fall.
Taxpayers are encouraged to call the Assessor’s office at (707) 565-1888 for
further information regarding their property assessment.