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Revenue and Taxation Code section 170 provides that if a calamity such as fire, earthquake, or flooding damages or destroys your property, you may be eligible for property tax relief. In such cases, the county assessor will reappraise the property to reflect its damaged condition. In addition, when it is rebuilt in a like or similar manner, the property will retain its prior value (Proposition 13) for tax purposes.

To qualify for property tax relief, you must file a claim within 12 months from the date of damage or destruction. The loss estimate must be at least $10,000 of current market value to qualify the property for this relief. The property will be reassessed according to its damaged state and property taxes will be adjusted accordingly.

This property tax relief is available to owners of real property, business equipment and fixtures, orchards or other agricultural groves, and to owners of aircraft, boats, and certain manufactured homes – it is not available to property that is not assessable, such as state licensed manufactured homes or household furnishings.

Additionally, certain owners who file for calamity relief may also be eligible to defer payment of the next installment of regular secured property taxes due. To take advantage of the tax deferral, the application form must be filed before December 10, 2020. Please note that this section does not apply to property taxes paid through impound accounts.

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Please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you still have questions, contact our office at assessor@santacruzcounty.us or (831) 454-2270 for more information.

Assessor’s Office

Due to the current health crisis, and to help slow the spread of Covid-19, we encourage customers to go to our website for the information and/or forms that they need.

CONTACT THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE

By email at: asrwebmail@co.santa-cruz.ca.us.

Or by phone at:

       Real Property                          831-454-2270

       Business Property                   831-454-2487

       General Assessor’s Office         831-454-2074

 
 
 
Meet Sean

Primary Functions and Responsibilities of the Assessor's office.

Property Tax Information - This site offers informational brochures and links to other sites explaining various aspects of Assessment practice.

Your Assessment Appeal - State Board of Equalization video providing information to taxpayers on the appeals process.

Geographic Information System - This site allows you to select a parcel or an area of the County and discover the various designations that will affect use of the land, such as zoning, the General Plan land use designation, resources and constraints.

Search the Assessor's Database - Find parcel information by keying the Assessor's parcel number or the parcel's address.

Assessor Use Codes - This site explains Use Codes and provides a link to a table of all of the Assessor's Use Codes.

Business/Personal Property - This site offers information pertaining to business property accounts, vessels, aircrafts, slips, and hangars.
For more information, please call us during office hours, at (831) 454-2002, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.  Fax:  831-454-2495.

We are located on the first floor of the County Government Center at 701 Ocean St., Rm. 130, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.


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