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Sf Mommy, Other/Just Looking in San Francisco, CA

What is the property tax rate in Piedmont? I'm confused looking at tax records for different properties and calculate tax rate, theyre

Asked by Sf Mommy, San Francisco, CA Fri Jun 18, 2010


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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!

Lisa Cartolano
Alain Pinel Realtors
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 21, 2010
You have some great answers below, excepting the out of town folks who are underestimating based on state statistics. Generally, 1.4 percent will give you a reasonable average, but it's hard to factor the special assessments that may apply until you have a specific property in mind. Nothing is more annoying in real estate that finding out later that the number is higher than what you estimated. I often suggest that my buyers round up to 1.5 percent to estimate taxes for Piedmont, and then when we get the actual number, it will come in at least slightly less, providing a smidge of relief....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 18, 2012
Hi SF Mommy,
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.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 7, 2011
The tax rate for Piedmont, once you've added assessments, is approximately 1.4%. Alameda County has a great website at http://www.acgov.org. You will find great information here. If you have further question about the East Bay please contact me at 510.557.4052.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 12, 2011
1.25% is the standard across the state.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 19, 2010
The tax rate of about 1.22% is a good number to use. The first 1% is the proposition 13 tax rate, but since then, cities have added on different bonds, assessments for mosquito abatement, street lighting, East Bay Municipal Utility District walking trails......

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).
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 18, 2010
Hello Sf Mommy,

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 :)

Kamal Randhawa
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 18, 2010
Hi Sf Mommy,

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/…

Best, Steve
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 18, 2010
You can also go to the Alameda County Tax Assessor's site and do a preliminary search by finding out how much the property tax will be (on your future purchase which will become your tax basis.

Here's the link to their FAQ http://www.acgov.org/treasurer/faqtaxes.htm


Good luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 18, 2010
The tax rate in Piedmont is 1.2125% of assessed value. They also add on $3,444 for sewer, schools, mosquito abatement, etc.
I am the managing partner of the only real estate office in Piedmont, CA. If you have any questions or require further information, stop by the office at 342 Highland Ave., Piedmont, or call (510) 387-7865. Good luck on your Piedmont home search.
Heidi Marchesotti
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 18, 2010
Property tax rates in all of California, as of Prop 13 in 1978, are based on 1% of the purchase price at the last sale of the property, plus any local add-ons from local counties and cities. For more information on property taxes and anything else you want to know about Piedmont, please call me at 510-604-5728 or email me at kcallahan@pacunion.com. I grew up in Piedmnont, currently am a resident and have been a real estate broker in the area for 29 years. I look forward to hearing from you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 18, 2010
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