Why are my taxes so much higher than last year?

If you purchased your home in the prior year, your taxable value was "uncapped." Uncapping is part of a change made in the tax laws in 1994 with the passage of Proposal A. There are two values placed on property a Taxable Value, which is used to calculate your taxes and the Assessed or Equalized Value, which is 50% of fair market value. When there is a transfer of ownership, the following year the Taxable Value and Assessed Value become equal. Sometimes this will result in a sizable increase to your property taxes.

When there is a transfer of ownership a Property Transfer form must be filed with the Assessor's Office.
For a copy of Property Transfer Affidavit click here.

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1. When is my 2019 tax bill due?
2. Where do I pay delinquent taxes?
3. Why are my taxes so much higher than last year?
4. How can I protest my Assessed Value?
5. What is a Principal Resident Exemption (or Homestead) and how does it affect my taxes?
6. What is the current millage rate?
7. I didn't get my tax bill in the mail, do I have to pay the penalty?