Message from the Assessor

Thank you for your interest in the San Luis Obispo County Assessor’s office. My staff and I are committed to providing timely, fair and accurate property tax assessments to all San Luis Obispo County citizens and taxpayers. This commitment is reflected in the fact that we have the lowest assessment appeal rate of similar-sized California counties and one of the lowest appeal rates in the entire state. I am thankful and proud of my staff for their efforts to “get it right” the first time.

Thanks to a vigorous real estate market and record new construction over the past year, our workload and overall assessed values have risen to heights never before reached. The local assessment roll rose to more than $50-billion this year, a record for San Luis Obispo County. The resulting property tax revenues provide essential funding for our public schools, cities, redevelopment areas and special districts.

After witnessing the tremendous growth in assessed values and property taxes, I can’t help but think how lucky we are to have the protection of Proposition 13. Without it, property taxes for all county residents would still be on the rise. I am dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13, which safeguards taxpayers from the possibility of dramatic tax increases.

My staff and I are continuously striving to improve our service to the public. Welcome to our newly-designed website. Here you can download parcel maps, forms and documents and research assessed values and property characteristics of residential parcels. The site also contains other valuable information that I know you will find useful.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of San Luis Obispo County for placing their continued confidence in me as their Assessor. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the taxpayers and all the residents of our county. I pledge to continue to protect this public trust bestowed upon me by continuing to provide fair, accurate and timely assessments and services.