Office of the Assessor
The Assessor is responsible for determining the assessed value of all taxable property located in San Mateo County. With approximately 237,000 assessments each year, the Assessor Division creates the official record of taxable property (local assessment roll), shares it with the County Controller and Tax Collector, and makes it publicly available. The local assessment roll is determined by identifying, mapping, inspecting, and calculating the assessed value for all real (land and structures) and business properties. Typically, property tax is 1% of the assessed value, plus an amount to amortize voter-approved bonds and any fees for special assessments or charges such as mosquito abatement or sewer fees.
The division assesses over 221,000 units on the secured roll and 16,000 units on the unsecured roll. In addition, the Office processes approximately 50,000 transfer documents, 24,000 building permits, 143,000 exemptions and 10,000 business property statements annually.
San Mateo County claims within its boundaries a wealth of land, buildings, and taxable properties with an assessed value of more than $206 billion. The property tax revenues generated from these assets are vital to maintaining local government operations and public services.
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Assessor's Annual Report
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