San Diego Property Tax Assessment & Reassessment 2015

Real Estate Agent with Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 CA BRE# 01261476

I'm often asked by my buyers, what our property taxes are and how often they go up? Assuming you are buying with help from a Proposition 13, 60 or 90, then it's pretty standard rates: I always quote 1.125% of your purchase price, as that's the highest it'll be on it's own. This is a good ballpark figure to work with. Now if you are in a part of San Diego County that is subject to Mello-Roos Tax (special tax assessment district in a developing area to finance specific public facilities and services needed by that particular area), this will add to your semi-annual tax bill. (Example much of Chula Vista has Mello-Roos).


Here's what the County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk Office posts:

Tax TableTRA = Tax Rate Area


As far as how often do your taxes go up? California State Law requires that real property shall be reassessed for property tax purposes upon a change of ownership or new construction (includes room additions). If neither of these events have occurred, assessed valuations are adjusted annually based on the California Consumer Price Index, not to exceed 2%.

We also have assessments for properties that are registered under The Mills Act (historic properties), the Williams Act (agricultural properties or Proposition 8 (properties that have received a temporary reduction of their assessment. (I successfully reduced my assessed value for 4 tax years while we rode out the The Great Depreciation of 2006-2011. It took two attempts over 2 years before it was approved).

For more information, contact

The County of San Diego

County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk Office:

Ernest L. Dronenburg, Jr.


Annual property tax bills are mailed in early October of each year. The bill is payable in two installments. A 10% penalty is assessed for delinquent payments.On the secured tax roll, the first installment is due November 1 and delinquent after December 10, and the second installment is due on February 1 and delinquent after April 10. Taxpayers have the option of paying both installments when the first installment is due.


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