For property owners who sustained more than $10,000 in damage to real or personal property, the Yuba County assessor’s office is offering up some relief to help with the recovery process, both through a temporary reduction of their property tax assessment and a deferral of their December property tax bill.
Bruce Stottlemeyer, county assessor, said the county started sending out crews to the Loma Rica area on Tuesday morning to begin a parcel-by-parcel canvass to identify all of the properties that sustained damages during the wildfire.
“Basically, we are going to determine a percentage of damage, then reduce the property values to reflect that,” he said.
However, he said, one of the biggest challenges his office faces is identifying all properties that were damaged. Some homes are off the beaten path or behind locked gates.
“We want to encourage everyone affected to contact our office by phone, at least,” Stottlemeyer said. “Let us know the damage they had, we don’t want to miss anyone.”
Though official numbers haven’t been accumulated yet, he said there is believed to be more than 200 properties that had structures destroyed, either homes or outbuildings.
Also, property owners who experienced damages during the fire can apply for a payment deferral on the first installment of their 2017-18 property tax bill, which is on Dec. 10. The deferral excludes property owners whose mortgage company pays the tax bill.
Stottlemeyer said it’s important for residents to fill out a calamity reassessment claim before Dec. 10 if interested in a deferral. If accepted, taxes would be deferred until 30 days following the receipt of a corrected bill that reflects the temporary reduction in value caused by the fires.
A deferral application form can be found at www.co.yuba.ca.us/Departments/Assessor. For more information, contact 749-7820, or by visiting the assessor’s office at the Yuba County Government Center – 915 8th St, Suite 101, Marysville. Shared from Appeal-Democrat by Jake Abbot