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Property Tax Frequently Asked Questions

This page answers frequently asked questions related to property taxes and collection.

Secured Property Taxes


Who collects my property taxes?

How is the amount of my property taxes determined?

Do I have any recourse if I disagree with the valuation placed on my property by the Assessor?

I have recently purchased property. What are my responsibilities as far as taxes are concerned?

When are annual tax bills mailed?

Will I receive a tax bill if I pay my taxes through an impound account?

What does my annual tax bill tell me?

What is the best way to pay my taxes?

When are my annual taxes due?

Does my property qualify for any tax exemptions?

Can I remove charges for School Districts on my tax bill?

What property tax assistance programs are available?

Supplemental Taxes


Why do Supplemental Tax Bills exist?

How were changes in property value due to sale of property or new construction taxed in the past?

What do you mean by new construction or change of ownership?

What happens when the Assessor reassesses my property?

When are supplemental bills mailed?

Do I have the same right to appeal the Assessor's supplemental assessed value as I do the annual assessed value?

If I receive a supplemental tax bill, will I also receive an annual tax bill in November of each year?

If I pay my property taxes through an impound account (i.e., with my mortgage payment), will my lender get my supplemental tax bill?

What does the supplemental tax bill tell me?

What if I purchase a piece of property and then sell it again after a few months?

When I purchase property or complete construction at some point during the fiscal year, will I be taxed on the supplemental value for the entire fiscal year?

So, it's possible to get more than one supplemental tax bill?

When do supplemental tax bills have to be paid?

What happens if I fail to pay my supplemental tax bill?

Can delinquent supplemental taxes be paid on an installment plan?

Am I entitled to a homeowner's exemption on my supplemental tax bill?

Are other exemptions and assistance programs available that will help defray the amount of supplemental taxes due?

What happens if I fail to pay my taxes on time?

Delinquent Taxes


What happens if I fail to pay my property taxes on time?

What happens if I fail to pay my delinquent taxes?

What is the amount required to redeem tax-defaulted property?

How do I obtain an estimate of the amount required to redeem my property?

Can I redeem on delinquent year separately from other years?

What happens if I cannot pay the full redemption amount?

How do I open an installment plan of redemption?

When may I open an installment account?

How often will I be required to make installment payments?

Do my installment payments cover my current annual taxes?

If my first installment account defaults, may I open a second account?

Exemptions and Assistance Programs


Are exemptions and assistance programs available to property owners that help defray the amount of taxes due?

Mobile Homes


What is a mobilehome?

I have a recreational vehicle (RV); is it considered a mobile home?

My mobilehome is sitting on a permanent foundation on my property; how will it be taxed?

Under which circumstances would my mobilehome automatically become subject to local property taxes as opposed to in-lieu license fees?

Are there advantages to changing from in-lieu license fees to local property taxation?

How do I find out if I am entitled to the homeowner's exemption?

What additional tax assistance programs are offered by the State?

How can I change taxation of my mobilehome from license fees to the local property tax system?

If my mobilehome currently is subject to local property taxation, can I request reinstatement of vehicle license fees?

If I am currently paying in-lieu license fees, will I be able to continue paying license fees?

If I buy a used mobilehome subject to local property taxes, how do I get the title transferred to my name?

If I purchase a used mobilehome or modify my mobilehome by construction, will I have to pay supplemental taxes?

How is the amount of my mobilehome property taxes determined?

Do I have any recourse if I disagree with the valuation placed on my mobilehome by the Assessor?

What happens if I fail to pay my mobilehome property taxes on time?