How are tax rates determined?

Your tax rate varies based on the location of your property. A tax rate includes a general 1% tax levy applicable to all property tax bills, voter approved (pre-Proposition 13) special taxes, and voter approved debt issues for your particular area. The general tax levy is based on state law and is limited to 1% of assessed value (or $1 per $100 of assessed value). The tax rates for voter approved debt are computed each year based on the amount needed to pay principal and interest on the debt. Special tax rates are normally determined on a specific formula or can be approved at a fixed rate for a specified duration.

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1. What are the important tax bill dates?
2. What are all of these charges on my property tax bill?
3. What if I don’t agree with the assessed valuation of my property?
4. How do property taxes affect the value and marketability of my home?
5. What is Mello-Roos and why do I have to pay it?
6. Can a Mello-Roos district foreclose on my home?
7. Is my property subject to 180 day accelerated foreclosure?
8. Why do I have to give a buyer a Notice of Special Tax when I sell my property?
9. What is a 1915 Act Bond?
10. How are tax rates determined?
11. Is there any way I can reduce the amount of property taxes I pay?
12. What is a Homeowner’s Exemption?
13. Why did I receive a supplementary tax bill after purchasing my new home?
14. Will I receive a tax bill if I pay taxes through an impound account?
15. What are the consequences if I fail to make a timely property tax payment?