The Assessor must locate all taxable property in the county, identify the owners, and describe the property. Additionally, the Assessor must determine a value for all taxable property and apply all legal exemptions and exclusions. The Assessor must complete an assessment roll showing the assessed values for all property and maintain records of the above. The Assessor does not set tax amounts or collect taxes.
The Kern County Assessor-Recorder's Office will continue to provide professional and courteous public service as well as maintain a high morale and positive working conditions for all employees. This Office will fulfill the functions of Assessor-Recorder as mandated by law. The Assessor-Recorder will emphasize training for all new employees and improve employee performance and develop job satisfaction. The Assessor-Recorder will be dedicated to automating systems and procedures.
The commitment of the of Kern County Assessor-Recorder is based on the principles that each and every customer should always be treated fairly and equitably and with courtesy and respect. This office will provide professional and personal attention to all customers. Each customer will be given prompt services and information and be provided every opportunity to have their suggestions and opinions heard and acted upon. Each customer will be fully and factually informed in regard to all Assessor-Recorders responsibilities. Any customer needing assistance in obtaining information or services outside the scope of the Assessor-Recorder Office will be referred to the appropriate department or individual in a friendly and courteous manner. Customers should expect to leave the Assessor-Recorder's office feeling as though they were served in a competent and professional manner.