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Notice: Property Taxes Due 12/11/17

Notice: Property Taxes Due 12/11/17

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Decline in Value - PROP 8

Removal of Improvements:

If all or a portion of the improvements are removed from a property, the assessed value may be lowered. If you have removed any significant structures from your property but think the Assessor has not recognized their removal, contact the Assessor as soon as possible.

Calamity and Disaster Relief:

If a property is damaged by a calamity, such as a fire or a storm, the assessed value can be lowered for the period during which the property is under repair. Once repairs are completed, the Proposition 13 factored base year value is restored. The damage must exceed $10,000 in value, and an application must be filed with the Assessor's Office within six months of the date the calamity occurred.

Click here for a detailed overview of Property Tax Disaster Relief Programs.

(NOTE: Do not confuse this type of Disaster Relief with 'Base Year Value Transfer' disaster benefit discussed elsewhere.) If your property was completely destroyed or suffered damage in excess of 50% of its value in an area declared a disaster area by the governor, you may be able to transfer your factored Proposition 13 value from the damaged property to a similar replacement property. See the Proposition 13 Base Year Value Transfers to Replacement Properties page for a discussion of that benefit.

Declines in Market Value under Proposition 8:

If for any reason the current market value of a property as of the January 1 lien date is lower than its Proposition 13 factored base year value, the assessed value can be temporarily reduced to reflect the decline. This decline in value may be the result of changes in the real estate market, the neighborhood, or the property itself. The assessed value will be reduced only after a review by the Assessor's Office. If the assessed value is reduced, it will thereafter be reviewed annually, unless or until its Proposition 13 factored base year value exceeds its market value. Once the market value of a Proposition 8 property exceeds its Proposition 13 factored base year value, the Proposition 13 value is reinstated as the upper limit of assessed valuation.

While a property is being assessed under Proposition 8, its assessed value may be raised or lowered by any percentage in value each January 1. That is, Proposition 8 assessments are not restricted by the Proposition 13, 2% maximum. However, in no case may a Proposition 8 property be assessed a level greater than its Proposition 13 factored base year value.  The graph below is a hypothetical depiction of how the taxable values for a property can be affected by a declining and then recovering market. 


For a more detailed discussion of Proposition 8 decline in value assessments, click here: Proposition 8 Declines in Value.

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Contact the Assessor

200 W. 4th Street
Madera, CA 93637
Fax: (559)675-7654
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Office Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Assessor's Department Staff Spotlight

Jacquelyn Nieves - Assessor’s Office Staff

J. SPOTLIGHT_20141009_140906 How long have you worked for the County? 7 1/2 years
What do you like most about your job? Serving the community and working with great people.
Why did you decide to work for the County? I saw an awesome opportunity for learning, growth and advancement.
What is your most memorable accomplishment during your County career? Becoming a valued employee and being entrusted with a wide variety of responsibilities.
When I'm not at work you can find me...Engrossed in some art project, cooking, sewing, and doing community work with my congregation.
What was your first job?  I was a waitress in a Chinese restaurant in Los Angeles.
What is your favorite food? Always chocolate!
What is your favorite kind of music? My husband and I DJ'd for a few years, so I love variety - especially good dance music in-the-mix!
What is your favorite sports team? I'm more into art than sports, but I enjoy watching a good game with great friends.
If you were to travel anywhere in the world for a dream vacation, where would it be? To Uruguay, South America with my husband to see where he grew up and meet his family.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Happily retired, close to my parents and family in Arizona.

General County Contact

General County Contact
200 W. 4th Street
Madera, CA 93637
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