If you have a property you purchased in Petaluma between 2000 and 2009 you should check your tax bill, find out what the current value of you home is and if you believe you are being over-taxed contact the Tax Assessor office directly.
Here is a quote from the Sonoma County Tax Assessor's Office;
"Due to a sharp decline in residential home values, our office has been working hard to meet the demand for reassessments. Despite over a 15% cut to our annual budget, our office reassessed for 2010-2011, over 45,000 properties due to the declining residential real estate market. In addition, we processed over 18,000 changes in ownership and new construction events that occurred during the 2009 calendar year.
If you purchased a property during 2010, your new assessed value will be reflected in a supplemental assessment notice. The supplemental notice will serve as the first verification of your new value. The 2010-2011 annual tax bill cannot be changed at this time because by law the value was set on 1/1/10. All taxes on the annual bill are due and payable.
Supplemental assessments triggered by a change in ownership will be based on the "Fair Market Value" of the property at the time of purchase and not necessarily the purchase price. Please see California R&T Code § 110(a), and Property Tax Rule 2 for more information on the "Market Value" concept. For more information please see the California Board of Equalization web site."
There is a branch office in Petaluma although it is only open Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here is their information.
Petaluma City Hall
11 English Street, Room 20
Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone: (707) 769-9755
FAX: (707) 778-9346
Leading Edge Properties
775 Baywood Drive Suite 207
Petaluma CA 94952