Tax rates acutally vary city to city and can vary area to area as well. There is the base tax rate for the county, then there is the city tax rate and you will also need to look to see if there are any special bonds or assessments associated with the particular property.
Alameda County actually has a great website where you can look up the tax basis for a particular property. The url is http://www.acgov.org/propertytax/
Hope that helps!
Alain Pinel Realtors
The tax rate is slightly over 1.4% when you include all of the special assesments in Piedmont. For example on a property assessed at $1,346,000 in 2010-2011, the property taxes are $19,149.92 which equals a rate of 1.42%. You should find a California Disclosure Report in the disclosure package for any property that you are interested in and it will detail the various assessments, such as: School Facilities, Sewer Service, Service Tax, Measure E, Transportation, wet Weather Facilities Charges, Emergency Medical (County), Emergency Medical (paramedic Supplement), Water Use Tax, Park Safety Maintenance, Vector Controll Landscaping and Lighting, Mosquito Abatement. It is all well worth it considering how beautiful the city is and the highly rated schools. Both my daughters went through the Piedmont School system and I have owned three homes in Piedmont and feel very safe there. I have been selling real estate in Oakland and Piedmont for over 33 years! Hope you have a good agent helping you. Best of luck.
Piedmont is a lovely community with great schools, a "midwest" small town feel, but with excellent restaurants nearby, and is a great commute location for SF. You pay a premium to live there, and there is no new construction, but each home is unique, generally well-cared for, and everyone who lives there loves it. If you ahve any questions about housing there, check out the links on my website for Piedmont, and for the Montclair district of Oakland (that's really nearby and very cute for shoping, etc).
There are different property taxes on some properties due to the development around them. If there is a particular property you'd like to know about, I can pull the last tax bill for you and let you know exactly what the taxes are. Good luck :)
This is topic I have seen on Trulia quite a bit, which led me to write a detailed blog post on the steps to take to arrive at an accurate number: http://www.trulia.com/blog/steve_ornellas_mba_re_mastersgri/
Here's the link to their FAQ http://www.acgov.org/treasurer/faqtaxes.htm
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