Property damaged in the Sand Fire is eligible for immediate property tax relief, according to El Dorado County Assessor Karl Weiland. Weiland explained that there are provisions of the Revenue & Taxation Code that immediately reduce the assessed value in recognition of loss caused by calamity such as the Sand fire.
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In order to qualify for relief, the loss in value must exceed $10,000 and a claim filed within 12 months of the damage, according to Weiland.
The Assessor’s Office will be reviewing damage assessments from Cal Fire and the Building Services Department in order to speed up the process and correct the 2014-15 tax bills so that property owners are paying property taxes based on the damaged condition of the property. The office will also be contacting property owners within the incident boundary in order to insure all damaged property is reviewed, Weiland said.
Weiland also emphasized the importance of providing the post office with updated mailing addresses in cases where the address changes due to relocation.
Property owners who have questions or need assistance are encouraged to call the Assessor’s Office at 530-621-5719. The office is located at 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. Office hours are 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The Assessor’s Website, edcgov.us/assessor, has online property information, additional information on a variety of property tax issues as well as an online application for calamity damage relief.