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April 18, 2013 (San Diego) – Residential property values have been rising in San Diego County. Depending upon the source of the real estate information, values have risen 10 percent or more in the past year. However, if a property owner believes their property’s market value as of January 1, 2013 is below their current assessed value, they may request the Assessor’s Office to review their assessment. As an indication of the current assessed value, a property owner can look at the Net Taxable Value on their 2012-2013 tax bill. (See box 7.)

Ernie Dronenburg, the San Diego County Assessor, reminds property owners that the deadline to request an informal review of their assessed value is April 30, 2013. The application for an Assessment Review may be submitted online at www.sdarcc.com. The form is simple and self explanatory. The form does not require legal knowledge only an understanding of the current market value of your home.

For the over 230,000 property owners that were granted a reduction during 2005 through 2012, they need not apply for another review because their assessments will be reviewed automatically prior to issuance of their 2013 assessed value.

Mr. Dronenburg added: “If a property owner does not want to use the online form, you can call our help number at the Assessor’s office (858-505-6262) and a form will be sent to you by mail or fax. Make the call right away because the form must be filed with our office by April 30, 2013.”

All property owners that apply for an informal assessment review will be notified in July of the Assessor’s decision. At that time, if an owner disagrees with the Assessor’s decision, they may file a formal appeal with the county Assessment Appeals Board. That appeal should be sent to the Clerk of the Assessment Appeals Board, between July 2 and November 30, 2013.

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