Patch Poll: Happy Holidays...Your Property Taxes are Due Monday

Add one more thing to your to-do list this week: Send Sandie Arnott, the San Mateo County tax collector, a nice big check for the first of two installments of your 2011-2012 secured property tax bill.


According to the information that accompanies your annual tax bill, the county tax collector, Sandie Arnott, is charged with collecting the amount of tax shown on the tax roll. Sandie cannot adjust taxes or extend the date of payment, so it's up to you to pay what you owe.

Due to the first installment date, December 10, fallling on a Saturday, your tax payment is due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, December 12. A 10 percent penalty is added thereafter. 

There's a $7,000 homeowner's exemption, but to receive the full exemption, you must have filed a claim with the assessor by February 15, 2011. 

Each tax bill contains a breakdown of property values and assessment information as well as the various taxing agencies and the rates and amounts they are billing you. 

How closely do you review this bill? And, do you undertand the charges? Take our Patch poll and let us know.

1Diane December 09, 2011 at 05:17 AM
Hi Joan, I wish the poll had an option of: Yes, I carefully scrutinize my bill and pay it even though I don't really understand what I'm paying for. Some of those "extras" and their abbreviations are hard to figure out, and on my bill add a total of $1,766.82 on top of the general tax rate!
Danielle December 09, 2011 at 01:58 PM
Lionel, I live here in Pacifica now. Which is why I'm appalled at the waste water fees. My special assessments totalled over $1700.00, just like Diane. In SF, the special assessments were around $300.00 each YEAR. And, Steve, you're right, SF does charge you for waste water on your bill. However, my bi-monthly charges were around $90.00. That was for consumption AND waste. Here, in Pacifica, we payed $54.00 for the last bi monthly bill. Average that out monthly, and factor in the waste water charges on our tax bill, and that comes to a $90.00 PER MONTH average. That's DOUBLE what we payed in SF. And this was VOTED for by Pacifica residents. I don't know when, but we need to change it!!
Thomas H. Clifford December 09, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Sewer fees are based on the water consumption of each home or business during the two wettest month of the year. These costs will be going up dramatically in the near future as the programs to repair and replace our aging sewer system kick in. These programs are estimate to cost $50,000,000.00 over the next 20 years.
Thomas H. Clifford December 09, 2011 at 03:45 PM
The $50,000,000.00 does not include the cost to homeowners who must replace their own sewer lateral.
Lionel Emde December 11, 2011 at 06:09 AM
No, it wasn't voted for by Pacifica residents, it was passed by the city council absent an adequate protest vote to stop it. The public, IMO, has no advocate on the council. Every increase is passed without any advocacy for the public. The public has a right to protest via US mail within the given noticed protest period. You will receive a notice in the mail in March or April.


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