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July 24, 2013 (Mount Laguna) – County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk Ernest Dronenburg is advising all property owners whose property was damaged or destroyed during the recent Chariot Fire that property tax relief is available.

This tax relief program requires the reassessment of the property to reflect its damaged condition. The reduced value will remain in effect until such time as the property is rebuilt or repaired. More importantly, after the property is rebuilt or repaired, the owners can retain their previous taxable value if the property is rebuilt in a like or similar manner. This means that the property tax assessment will not increase beyond what it was prior to the fire.

This tax relief is available for any property damage, which includes homes and out buildings, commercial and industrial properties, and mobile homes. Damage to vehicles and the contents of a home such as furniture are not eligible for this tax relief because it is not taxable.

Dronenburg says he is “very sympathetic” with the victims. He strongly encourages all property owners who suffered fire damage to their property in excess of $10,000 to contact his office for the necessary claim form at (619) 531-4993 or by visiting the Assessor’s website at http://www.sdarcc.com.

The Assessor’s office has already mailed information and claim forms to some of the affected property owners and will continue to do so as more information becomes available.

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