How the Property Tax System Works

Organization Description
County & Cities Provides copies of all building permits Issued
County Clerk-Recorder Provides copies of all deeds and other recorded documents
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County Assessor Assesses all real estate and personal property (businesses, manufactured homes, boats, and airplanes) located throughout the entire county.
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Controller - Treasurer Receives the assessments from the Assessor and applies the appropriate tax rate to determine the actual amount of property taxes owed
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Tax Collector Mails out the property tax bills, collects the money and deposits it in the County Treasury
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Controller - Treasurer Allocates the money to local taxing agencies, including the County, cities, schools and special districts


For a comprehensive overview of the California Property Tax System, please see Understanding California's Property Taxes, a report published by the Legislative Analyst's Office.

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