Put September 15th on Your Calendar Today!
That's the deadline for submitting an application for a downward adjustment in your property assessment (resulting in a reduction in property taxes). Your current-year assessment will be arriving in the next couple of weeks. If you see a problem, two great resources are:
--The county assessor's site , which includes all the forms and deadlines, and
--This video from the state Board of Equalization, which walks through the process piece by piece.
Remember that only your ''Prop 13'' property tax will be affected by a reassessment; the other charges on your bill (for instance, city and school parcel taxes; and 911, East Bay parks, library bond payments) won't decline. And if you, like we, bought your home a dozen years ago, your assessment is unlikely to have increased in the intervening years to current market value, much less to higher-than-current value.
I'm happy to run comparables for you to build your case, or to see if an appeal is worth it; just ask.