The 2016/2017 annual tax bills are being mailed and many property owners are now receiving them. If recipients find they have an issue with the assessed value indicated on their bill they are encouraged to contact the Kern County Assessorís Office at 1115 Truxtun Ave. Bakersfield California, 93301 (661) 868-3485. Staff is available to respond to inquiries concerning the assessment. If the property owner continues to have issue with the assessed value after communicating with the Assessorís staff the filing of an assessment appeal is also available. These applications need to be filed by November 30, 2016 to be valid.
A company known as Local Records Office located in Los Angeles is sending out solicitations to taxpayers who recently purchased property in Kern County. They claim to provide a property profile and deed information for a fee. This company is not associated with Kern County or the Kern County Assessorís or Recorderís Offices. This solicitation has the appearance of a bill. Please do not regard this correspondence as a bill. Property profile information is available at the Assessorís Office and Deed information is available at the Recorderís Office for a nominal fee.
Over the years, numerous private firms have issued statewide mass mailing, some of them looking like official government paperwork, advising property owners that for a fee, sometimes in the range of several hundred dollars, the issuer will assist the property owner in having his or her property assessment reviewed. The services charged for in these mailings offer nothing that the taxpayer cannot accomplish, free of charge, with a simple phone call.
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This year, the Assessor anticipates reviewing close to 90,000 residential properties for a potential reduction in value. Currently, well over 60,000 homeowners realize a reduction in their Proposition 13 base value.
The Assessor is committed to producing a correct assessment roll for all Kern County property owners. All review requests, from individuals or commercial firms, are taken between July 2 and November 30 each year.