County Assessor Gregory J. Smith wishes to advise all property owners whose property was damaged or destroyed during the recent firestorm that property tax relief is available. This tax relief program requires the reassessment of the property to reflect its damaged condition. The reduced value will remain in effect until such time as the property is rebuilt or repaired.

More importantly, after the property is repaired or replaced, the owners can retain their previous taxable value if the property is rebuilt in a like or similar manner. This means that the property tax assessment will not be increased beyond what it was prior to the fire.

This tax relief is available for any property damage including homes and structures, businesses, groves, and mobilehomes paying property taxes. Damage to the contents of a home such as furniture is not eligible for this tax relief because it was not taxable. (See attached information sheet and calamity claim form).

According to Dan McAllister, County Treasurer/Tax Collector, property owners who had their property damaged or destroyed AND who have filed a Calamity Application with the Assessor’s Office will not have to pay their December 10th tax payment. These payments will be deferred without penalties or interest until such time as the Assessor’s Office has completed their review and an adjusted tax bill is mailed to you from our office. You will then have 30 days from the date the adjusted tax bill is mailed to you to pay the amount due.

Gregory Smith strongly encourages all property owners who suffered fire damage to their property in excess of $10,000 to contact his office for the necessary claim form for this property tax relief program. The claim form is also available on the Assessor’s website at www.sdarcc.com. For further information, please call the Assessor’s Main Office at (858) 505-6262, in East County at (619) 401-5700, in North County at (760) 940-6868 and Chula Vista (619) 498-2200.

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