North County Property Tax Refunds – Where Are They?

Escondido Property TaxProperty Tax Refunds on North County Real Estate.

Where is your North County property tax refund on your North County home. The price of your North County property has gone down every year for the last four or five years. You have filed a request with the County to refigure your assessed value on you North County home, but you keep paying the high property taxes here in San Diego. You are in the same boat as thousands of other North County home owners.

I am including an article from the North County Times to expose the problem.

“The San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office continues to take in millions of dollars more in property taxes than is owed and then lags in returning the money to taxpayers, according to a 2009 audit. The examination of the treasurer’s property tax refund account concluded that nearly $8 million needed to be refunded or funneled to the county’s general fund if the person or entity who was owed the money could not be located. It’s been a problem that stretches back to 2003 and has dragged on, despite a series of examinations in the years since. The most recent independent audit, conducted over nine months by the firm of Kessler International, found a variety of problems in how the treasurer’s office manages what is known as the Property Tax Trust and Refund account. That report was issued in March but never shared with the public.” Of course, this is an election year and Dan is running again.

This problem will not be easily solved, but Dan McAllister vows changes are being implemented to correct years-old problem. If you would like to find out how to lower your property taxes, contact Gary Harmon, your North County Realtor. Gary Harmon will provide you with a property tax reassessment form along with instructions on how and when to file.