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Property tax relief available for homes damaged by storms

Homeowners who experienced damage to their property from the New Year’s Eve storms are eligible for property tax relief, El Dorado County Assessor Tim Holcomb announced Thursday.

California law allows the assessed value of property to be lowered if homes experienced “a loss in value due to calamity,” Holcomb said.

The law requires that the loss in property value must exceed $10,000. The property owner must also complete and submit an application form within prescribed time limits.

“Someone who suffers a calamity to their home has a lot more than property taxes to deal with, and our application process is designed to be as simple as possible and still comply with the law,” Holcomb added.

Following the floods in January 1997, the El Dorado County enacted an ordinance to deal with the damages caused to homes and allowing for breaks on property taxes.

Holcomb’s office is working closely with the Development Services Department and the Office of Emergency Services to identify areas of the county where damaged property is located.

The assessor’s staff will be contacting property owners to provide assistance with the application process. Property owners who have suffered damage due to the recent storms are urged to contact the Assessor’s Office.

The South Lake Tahoe assessor’s office is located at 3368 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 103, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The telephone number is (530) 573-3422.

The assessor can also be contacted through the County’s Web site at http://www.co.el-dorado.ca.us/assessor/. Contact Assessor Tim Holcomb at (530) 621-5718, or by email: tholcomb@co.el-dorado.ca.us


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