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Clerk of the Board

If you are a property owner who was impacted by the CZU Lightning Complex fires and are trying to figure out your property taxes, here is some helpful information. Property owners may receive several mailings regarding their bill. The following covers the re-assessment and supplemental tax bill process and timeline.

  1. Original Property Tax Bill: The annual bill is based upon the property values established on January 1, 2020. The 2020-21 tax bills have already begun arriving in taxpayer mailboxes. If a mortgage company pays the tax bill directly, the taxpayer will instead receive a Notice to Assessee this week alerting them that their mortgage company received the bill.
  2. Supplemental Assessment letters: The Assessor’s Office is currently processing reductions for all properties damaged in the fire. After the reduction is processed, they will mail the taxpayer a “Notice of Supplemental Assessment” letter. Many of these letters have been issued and it is anticipated reductions and notification letters will be completed by October 30, 2020.
  3. Notice of Negative Supplemental Taxes: The Auditor-Controller will mail out a notice of the revised lower tax amount after the Assessor re-assessed the property value. This week, 745 notices will be mailed to homeowners and the remaining approximately 160 revised bills will be issued as re-assessment work is completed. These notices do not get mailed to mortgage companies. If a mortgage company pays the original larger tax amount from a mortgage impound account, the negative supplemental tax notice provides instructions on how the property owner can have the difference refunded.

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Property owners can review the Frequently Asked Questions provided on the Assessor’s website: https://www.santacruzcounty.us/.../DisasterReliefFAQ.aspx

Applications for Calamity Relief and/or Deferral of Regular Secured Taxes are listed below. Application must be filed with the Assessor before December 10, 2020. Please use the following Quick-links also found on the Assessor's website:

Application for Calamity Relief and/or Deferral of Regular Secured Taxes

Change of Address Form

Clerk of the Board

701 Ocean Street, Room 520
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Information: (831) 454-2323
Fax: (831) 454-2327

Office hours:
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In compliance with the current Santa Cruz County COVID-19 Health Order, we are operating with reduced in-office staffing.
Prior to visiting our office, please contact COB staff at (831) 454-2323 so we can best assist you.

Clerk of the Board

The Clerk of the Board is a division of the County Administration Office. The Clerk of the Board’s principal responsibilities are to maintain the record of the proceedings of the Board of Supervisors (BOS) and prepare of the agenda for the BOS public meetings, including publishing the agenda materials and minutes on the Internet. The office is also Clerk to the Assessment Appeals Board, Animal Nuisance Abatement Appeals Commission, Library Financing Authority and Environmental Health Appeals Commission. The Clerk of the Board maintains the County’s on-line version of the County Code and list of appointments and vacancy notices for County commissions and committees on the Internet.

Assessment Appeal Filing Information

Please note: a non-refundable processing fee of $30 must accompany all Assessment Appeal Applications. Click on the links below for the application and filing information:

 

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