Questions About Your Property Tax Bill?
Do you have questions about your property tax bill?
There is a charge for $45 or $90 on my tax bill, What is it for?
In 1996 and 1997, residents of the former Alto-Richardson Bay and Tamalpais Fire Protection Districts voted to implement a parcel/unit tax to make up for local property taxes that were shifted to the State to augment education. With the consolidation of those two fire districts, property taxes are now charged by the Southern Marin Fire Protection District. That tax provides for the District to charge up $90.00 per unit on an improved parcel, $45.00 per unimproved parcel and up to $.012 per square foot on commercial buildings.
After a number of school districts were found to be charging floating homes and mobile homes inappropriately, the County Assessor’s Office asked that all districts review their taxes with their legal counsel to make certain that they were charging appropriately.
Through an audit of our tax rolls and advice of our legal counsel (Marin County Counsel’s Office), we determined that we were actually undercharging a number of home or land owners. These generally fell into the four categories below.
A number of taxpayers were receiving a senior exemption based on a benefit assessment fee that had a senior exemption clause that one of the predecessor districts had charged from roughly 1987 to 1996. Neither of the tax measures passed in 1996 or 1997 had a senior exemption clause. The Marin County Counsel concluded that the District must charge senior property owners at the same as other property owners.
Undeveloped parcel adjacent to a home
The District had allowed homeowners who had a smaller undeveloped parcel as part of their primary property to pay only the primary property tax assessment. After legal review, counsel for the District determined that District does not have the authority District to grant any exemptions for any unimproved parcels. Homeowners who have more than one parcel may legally combine their parcels to avoid paying for the second parcel. To consolidate parcels, contact the Marin County Assessor at (415) 499-7202.
Undeveloped parcel(s) owned by a home owners or condominium association
The District had allowed exemptions for common land around condominiums or land owned by homeowner’s associations. Again, legal counsel for the District determined that the District has no authority to grant any exemptions for any unimproved parcels.
Newly Developed Parcels
There were a small number of newly developed parcels paying the unimproved parcel rate.
For questions about your property tax bill, please contact Susan Kim, Administrative Services Manager by firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (415) 388-8182, extension 124.