Sometimes assessments and property values can be a complicated process. In the course of your dealings with the Assessors Office, you are bound to have some questions. Choose from the topics below to access questions dealing with that topic. If you wish to see all the questions, choose all questions.
Yes. A remodel for the purposes of earthquake safety, fire protection and soundproofing will not cause an increase in property taxes. Also: a remodel for the purposes of accommodating an owner, who is permanently disabled will not cause a property tax increase.
The Assessor's Office determines the increase in value by considering the total construction cost and by reviewing recent sales of similar remodeled properties in the same area.
The Assessor's Office receives copies of all building permits issued by the cities and the county.
In addition to obtaining the building permit information, the Assessor's Office mails out a questionnaire to the property owner seeking information on the specific cost of construction and the actual size of the addition.
No. Only the "value added" by the new family room will be assessed for property tax purposes. The rest of the house and the land will not be reassessed.
If you disagree with the value, you should immediately contact the Assessor's Office and discuss it with an appraiser. If you still disagree, you can file an appeal with the Assessment Appeals Board within 60 days from the date on the supplemental notice.
Generally speaking, a remodel will cause a property tax increase when actual new square footage is added, or new improvements are built ( i.e., spa, swimming pool). The complete remodel of a kitchen or bath with new, upgraded fixtures and appliances may also cause an increase in the assessed value.
No. Permits for normal repair, replacement and routine maintenance do not cause a reassessment for property tax purposes. Examples of these include a new roof, replumbing, rewiring or replacing a deck, etc.