Message from the Assessor

Thank you for your interest in the San Luis Obispo County Assessor’s office. It is a privilege to serve the people of San Luis Obispo County.

Following the long and uncertain days and weeks just past, it is with great hope and anticipation that we look forward to better days. This is a good time to say thank you to the dedicated employees of the assessor's office for all you do serving the public in our great county. We have faced some serious challenges over this past year, but my staff never waivered in maintaining a high degree of professionalism and courtesy in serving our constituents.

What everyone wants to know is, "What happened to property values as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic?" The answer in summary is this: Residential property values grew significantly during the 2020 assessment year and some commercial and industrial properties took a hit. With the business closures and restrictions of the past year, it is easy to understand how rents and leases were adversely affected. High vacancy rates and a weak business climate in some sectors had a big impact on business properties. In response to the obvious negative impact on small business owners, I took action to reduce some business property assessments. The assessed value of more than 750 business property accounts have been reduced in a manner similar to a decline in value under Proposition 8.

Voters approved Proposition 19 in November, 2020. This revision to Proposition 13 will affect base year value transfers and substantially change intergenerational property transfers. Because Prop 19 is so poorly written, I led a statewide task force to write clarifying amendments that will greatly benefit the public and truly protect family farms. Taxpayers are asking many questions about the changes under Proposition 19 and we will work diligently to assist in providing taxpayer assistance.

These are uncertain times for property values, especially for homeowners, and small and large businesses in our community. Regardless of the challenge, the great and professional staff of my office will continue to work with taxpayers to assure accurate and fair assessment of property in San Luis Obispo County.