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Assessor Announces Record-Breaking Assessments

July 13, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif Ė Riverside Countyís property assessment roll has eclipsed the previous record set in 2008, reaching a value of $255 billion, which is 5 percent more than last yearís total. Itís the fourth consecutive year of growth the County has had and they have exceeded their previous peak of $242.9 billion in 2008. Total valuation last year was $242.7 billion.

Since 2012 the assessment roll has increased nearly 25 percent, from $204 billion to $255 billion for 2016-17. Property taxes generated by the roll pay for critical services provided by the county, cities, K-12 schools, community college districts, and special districts.

Between December 2014 and December 2015 median home-sale prices increased 8.3 percent, from $295,000 to $320,000 according to statistics from CoreLogic, a real estate information services firm. Increased values for commercial, industrial properties and vacant properties also increased roll values. Other contributing factors include restoring the value of properties temporarily reduced under Proposition 8, and new construction.

At the lowest point, values dropped for more than 337,000 single-family properties because the real estate market declined. As the market has steadily increased, 120,000 properties remain in this reduced status.

Under Californiaís Proposition 8, assessed values should be lowered temporarily if recession or other factors reduce a propertyís value below its Proposition 13 value on January 1 of each year. As economic recovery increases market value, valuations previously lowered because of Proposition 8 must be increased to match the subsequent upswing. In those cases, property-tax increases are allowed to exceed the standard 2 percent annual cap set by Proposition 13.

This yearís Proposition 13 annual inflation cap, as determined by the California Consumer Price Index, is 1.525 percent. For property owners whose assessments were not reduced because of Proposition 8, assessed values will increase by this inflation factor.

Despite the rollís increase, many properties remain well below peak values and changes in the real-estate market can affect subsequent assessed values. Individual properties continue to be reviewed for potential changes in value, which can affect property taxes. The review is a critical process in completing the assessment roll. Property owners whose assessments increase under Proposition 8 will receive a notice in their regular 2016-17 tax bills, to be sent in October.

Beginning in mid-July, Riverside County property owners will be able to view their 2016-17 roll value online at Properties can be searched by address or parcel number. Property owners who disagree with their propertyís assessed value may file a free decline-in-value application online with the Assessorís office. Applications are due by Nov. 1 and are available

Property owners disputing the value set by the Assessorís office may file an appeal with the Riverside County Clerk of the Board until Nov. 30. An application to appeal a changed assessment is available on the Clerk of the Boardís website at

For more information, visit or call (951) 955-6200 or toll free (800) 746-1544.

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