Auditor • Controller • Treasurer • Tax Collector • Public Administrator
2017/18 Annual Secured Property Tax Bills have been mailed. If you have not received your bill by November 1, 2017, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 781-5831.
The Property Tax Allocation section calculates property tax rates, determines extensions, and distributes taxes to agencies.
Property values are maintained by County Assessor’s Office and are used in the calculation of taxes by the County Auditor’s Office, net of any exemptions. State assessed local Utility and Unitary values are determined, maintained and submitted to counties by the State Board of Equalization.
Property taxes are billed by the Tax Collector and, once they have been paid by the taxpayers, are distributed by the Auditor-Controller to the local taxing agencies in accordance with state law. At the beginning of each fiscal year, the Auditor-Controller provides estimates of the property tax revenues amounts expected to be received by each local agency.
The information provided in this publication is an overview of the Property Tax Process in the County suitable for the general public. It includes a broad description of the functions of various County departments from the generation of property taxes through the distribution to local government agencies.
Under Revenue and Taxation Code §93, a tax rate may be levied against the net assessed value of each parcel in the tax rate area (TRA) to generate sufficient money to make annual payments for interest and principal on general obligation bonds or certain other indebtedness approved by the voters. The total tax rate for any TRA is a combination of the Proposition 13 basic 1% tax rate added to any other voter approved bond tax rate affecting the parcels within that TRA.
State law allows some local districts the option to place numerous types of non-ad valorem per parcel assessments & charges on the property tax bills. Each annual tax roll is unique and separate from those of previous and subsequent years. The Auditor must obtain verification each year from these districts that State law authorizes the charges to be placed on the tax roll.