Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sacramento County - Property Tax Assessment Appeal Process for Tax Year 2011

I got a call today from a very nice man who had found an older posting on my blog from last year regarding filing an appeal application with the Sacramento County Assessor's office to request a reduction in his property tax assessment based on declining home values.

For clarity, the Sacramento County Assessor's office is NOT yet accepting appeal applications for fiscal year 2010-2011 until the revised valuations are released next month, in July. This timeline is slightly different than last year...don't forget, we are in the middle of an election cycle. Ken Stieger is retiring, and Kathleen Kelleher (current assistant Sacramento County Assessor) is seeking election to his seat.

Every year I get questions from many confused Sacramento tax payers regarding the property tax assessment appeal process. PLEASE BE AWARE - there are many scams regarding fee-based "services" that promise to lower your tax not fall victim to one of these scams! When the new values are released in July, they will reflect the value of the house as of January 2010....several months ago. I promise I will post information regarding how to request an appeal of your property tax assessment when it becomes available!

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