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East County News Service

July 27, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - If you suffered property damage from the storms July 17 or 18 generated by Hurricane Dolores, you can request a reassessment of your property and a reduction in your taxes until the property is repaired or rebuilt, City News Service reports.

San Diego County Assessor/Record/Clerk Ernest Dronenburg, Jr. announced Monday, “"The assessor's office will be proactively mailing property tax relief applications to affected property owners."  He adds, "I would also like to strongly encourage all property owners who suffered flood damage to their property in excess of $10,000 to contact our office for the necessary claim form at (619) 531-4993 or by visiting the assessor's website at"

If a property is rebuilt or restored to a manner similar to before the damage, owners can avoid a tax increase, however if a property is substantially improved or enlarged then a higher tax could be assessed after the construction is completed,

The property tax is available for damaged homes and outbuildings, commercial and industrial properties, and mobile homes. Vehicles and furniture aren't covered, since they're not subject to property taxes.

San Diego County has been declared a disaster area by the state, as have five other counties.

At least 130 homes and businesses in San Diego County have reported property damage from the storms to the county thus far.  The deluge broke county records for rainfall in July, causing flooding, mudslides, and lightning-caused fires.

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