Yes You Can Reduce your Property Taxes

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Instead of waiting for the Assessor to get around to reducing your property taxes to reflect the current market value of your property, file an application for Changed Assessment with the Assessment Appeals Board.

The "Board" consists of three members who have experience in the field of real estate and appraisal as well as other professional fields.  As the property owner you may file an Application for Changed Assessment with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors. 

And guess what, there is NO fee for doing this.  The time frame to submit your appeal runs from July 2 through November 30, 2009.  Time is running out and it is costing you money.  At last there is one way to reduce your taxes, property taxes that is, file an appeal today before the deadline expires.



Comments (4)

Sandra Scott
DPR Realty - Payson, AZ
REALTOR of Choice! Payson, Pine & Strawberry, AZ

So, is this only San diego County?  You dodn't say.

Oct 20, 2009 10:14 AM
Patti Geib
Capital Line Funding Group - San Diego, CA

Sandra:  This is applicable to every state.  The property owner must simply go to the Assessors office in their county and ask for the application to appeal their property taxes.   Urge all your clients, friends and family to do so, it's their money so they should keep it.

Oct 20, 2009 10:29 AM
David Jirasek
Jirasek Realty, LLC - Temple, TX

In Texas you can simply contact the Appraisal District, and ask for the appraiser to "take another look at your value". If you don't get any feedback, or notified by mail, then file a protest (appeal) to be heard by Appraisal Review Board. They are mostly heard in June/July, except in larger districts which may go year round. I used to be a tax appraiser. The property owner should keep a close eye on their value, and appeal it if questionable, but be courteous and reasonable in expectation of the staff's opinion. Also, try not to appeal every year, or they will not take it seriously. 

Oct 20, 2009 10:52 AM
Patti Geib
Capital Line Funding Group - San Diego, CA


It sounds as though Texas is right on top of things.  I can't say the same for California.  I have a client in Santa Rosa, CA.  The appraiser has her property valued at $246K when she couldn't on a great day sell for more than $135K.  There have been no comps in her area over $150K in over two years.  The assessor's office said it might be a year before they can get to it.  Meanwhile my client is paying far more than her fair share in property taxes.  I agree with you a property owner shouldn't take advantage of the system.  But as property values continue to fall, it's ridiculous to pay more than you should.

Oct 20, 2009 11:13 AM