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Supplemental Taxes

April 21, 2011

Understanding Supplemental Property Taxes
Supplemental property taxes have been with us since 1983, but you and your neighbors still may not know what they
are, what they do and how they affect you and your property. To help you better understand this confusing subject,
here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about supplemental real property taxes.
When did this tax take effect?
The Supplemental Real Property Tax Law was signed by the Governor in July of 1983 and is part of an ambitious
drive to aid California’s schools. This property tax revision is expected to produce over $300 million per year in revenue
for schools.
How will Supplemental Taxes affect me?
If you don’t plan on buying a new property or undertaking new construction, this tax will not affect you at all. But,
if you do wish to do either of the two, you will be required to pay a supplemental property tax which will become
a lien against your property as of the date of ownership change or the date of completion of new construction.
When and how will I be billed?
“When” is not easy to predict. You could be billed in as few as three weeks, or it could takeover six months. When
will depend on the individual county and the workload of the County Assessor, the County Controller/Auditor and
County Tax Collector. The assessor will appraise your property and advise you of the new supplemental assessment
amount. At that time you will have the opportunity to discuss your evaluation, apply for a Homeowner’s Exemption
and be informed of your right to file an Assessment Appeal. The county will then calculate the amount of the supplemental
tax bill. The supplemental tax bill will identify, among other things, the amount of the supplemental tax
and the date on which the taxes will become delinquent.
Can I pay my Supplemental Tax Bill in installments?
All supplemental taxes on the secured roll are payable in two equal installments. The taxes are due on the date the
bill is mailed and they are delinquent on specified dates depending on the month the bill is mailed as follows:
1. If the bill is mailed within the months of July through October, the first installment will become delinquent on
December 10th of the same year. The second installment will become delinquent on April 10th of the next year.
2. If the bill is mailed within the months of November through June, the first installment will become delinquent on
the last day of the month following the month in which the bill is mailed The second installment will become delinquent
on the last day of the fourth calendar month following the date the first installment is delinquent.
Courtesy of MARCUS JACQUES at Western Resource Title!

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