The process of investigation for determining the construction of your tax bill for an individual property is covered below:
"Estimating Property Taxes in CA"
To me, it sounds like you purchased an existing home a while back (where you temporally adopted the sellerâ€™s tax bill) and the County Assessor has taxed you based on the Sale price, and/or with a slight property valuation reduction from the sale price.
Please let us know what you find out....
I know that you know that Proposition 13 in California controls the ability of Counties to arbitrarily change property taxes and assessment values. You make it appear that property can be reassessed according to the needs of the County. That is simply not true.
Nardingâ€¦you should contact the Assessorâ€™s Office for the answer to your question. We can only speculate wildly why your taxes changed.
and also research this:
It is possible if you closed escrow recently that there was a six-month period where you were paying the previous owner's rate -- typically lower than current pricing, not always.
Best to call the office with your parcel # and they can walk you through the math of it, and also help you figure out if there are any errors.
Erica Glessing Nelson
Editor, co-Publisher "Sell Your House Fast for the Right Price" on Amazon in Summer 2012!
Author "10-Day Sell Your House System"
Some may evaluate the tax rates annually.
Some, only when the property is sold.
Some Counties are efficient and well run; some are in the RED.
Most Counties do not care what the property is worth; they are just trying to survive and pay their bills.
Almost all Assessments are not tied to the Market Value of the houses.
You, simply, got socked with a new assessment.