When is Real Estate reappraised?
Under State law (Proposition 13), real property is reappraised only when a change-in-ownership occurs, or upon completion of new construction. Except for these two instances, property assessments cannot be increased by more than 2% annually, based on the California Consumer Price Index. The property tax rate is 1% plus any voter approved bonds, fees, or special charges.

When a sale or transfer occurs, the Assessor's Office receives a copy of the deed and determines if a reappraisal is required under State law. If it is required, an appraisal is made to determine the new market value of the property. The owner is then notified of the new assessment and has the right to appeal the value.

The transfer of property between husband and wife does not require a reappraisal for property tax purposes. This includes transfers resulting from divorce or death. In addition, a refinancing will not cause a reappraisal.

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1. My property value was reduced under Proposition 8. Now the Assessment has increased. Why?
2. What is a Supplemental Assessment?
3. What about NEW CONSTRUCTION reappraisals?
4. Is property assessed at the price paid?
5. Are there special programs available for Senior Citizens?
6. Is there a Builder's Exclusion?
7. I am over 55 and wish to move to a smaller home. Will my taxes go up?
8. What is the Williamson Act (Ag Preserve)?
9. When is Real Estate reappraised?
10. If I have an addition to my home, will you reappraise the entire property?
11. If I do the work myself, will I only be assessed on the cost of the materials?
12. Are mobile homes subject to property taxes?
13. When can I appeal my assessed value?
14. What and when is a lien date?
15. Why are my neighbor's and my tax bills different when the houses are the same?
16. What happens if I don't pay these taxes?
17. How do you calculate taxes?