How The Property Tax System Works

Your Property Taxes

City Agencies

Provides copies of all building permits issued.

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Provides copies of all deeds and other recorded documents.

Assessor

Assesses all real estate and personal property (businesses, manufactured homes, boats and airplanes) located throughout the entire county.

Auditor-Controller

Receives the assessments from the Assessor and applies the appropriate tax rate to determine the actual amount of property taxes owed.

Treasurer & Tax Collector

Mails out the property tax bills, collects the money, and deposits it in the County Treasury.

Auditor-Controller

Allocates the money to over 900 local taxing agencies, including the County, cities, schools and special districts.