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Exemptions and Assistance Programs

Exemptions

Through the Assessor's Office you can apply for several exemptions:

These programs allow for assessment exemptions that result in tax savings, if applicable. For further information, contact the Assessor's Office at (707) 565-1888.

Another type of exemption is for school parcel tax. These exemptions only apply to direct charges not school bonds that are calculated based on the value of the property. These exemptions are granted by the taxing agency, which will need to be contacted directly for information on qualifying factors. For more information please visit out School Parcel Tax Exemptions section.

Assistance Programs

The State of California administers programs that provide property tax assistance and postponement of property taxes to qualified homeowners and renters who are 62 or older, blind, or disabled. For information on the State's Homeowner or Renter Assistance Program, call the Franchise Tax Board at (800) 868-4171. For information on the Property Tax Postponement Program, call the California State Controller's Office at (800) 952-5661.

California Mortgage Relief Program

The California Mortgage Relief Program, which launched on December 27, 2021, is providing one-time payments to qualified homeowners who have fallen behind on their housing payments. Using $1 billion in federal funds, the program is helping homeowners who had a financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic by covering missed mortgage and property tax payments. Assistance provided through this program is not a loan and does not need to be paid back.

As of June 2022, the program is covering unpaid property taxes for eligible homeowners. Assistance with past-due property taxes will extend to mortgage-free homeowners and those whose mortgage payments are current. Eligible homeowners could receive up to $20,000 to cover past due property tax payments.

Homeowners can check their eligibility and apply through an online portal at CaMortgageRelief.org. Application assistance is available through the Contact Center at 1-888-840-2594.

Funded through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021’s Homeowner Assistance Fund, the California Mortgage Relief Program is run by the CalHFA Homeowner Relief Corporation in collaboration with the state's Housing is Key initiative.

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