Any property owner who disagrees with the property assessed value may request a formal review by contesting the property value through the Assessment Appeals Board.
If you disagree with an assessment made by the Assessor, the Assessor recommends that you first discuss your situation with a member of the Assessor's staff to assist you in understanding the methods and market data used in determining taxable value.
If you still disagree, you have the right to appeal that assessment to the Assessment Appeals Board by filing and Assessment Appeals Application with the Clerk of the Assessment Appeals Board. This process provides for an independent third party, either a Hearing Officer, or 3 member Board, to hear from both sides and independently decide the taxable value of the property based on the evidence submitted.
More information about the Assessment Appeals process can be found on the Clerk of the Assessment Appeal's Board website.
Yes, filing an Assessment Appeal Application does NOT excuse you from paying taxes as they become due. To avoid penalties, you must pay your taxes on time. If you are successful in your appeal, an adjustment will be made or a refund will be processed.
For guidance on how to prepare for an appeal, you may contact the Clerk of the Assessment Appeals Board at (805) 654-2251.
The regular filing period is typically July 2 through September 15. Other deadlines apply to bills sent outside of the annual billing cycle. The Clerk of the Assessment Appeals Board should be contacted at (805) 654-2251 to find out if you are eligible to file an Assessment Appeal Application.