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An Overview – Property Tax & Assessment Process

County of Los Angeles, California, United StatesIt takes three separate Los Angeles County offices, Assessor, Auditor-Controller, and Treasurer and Tax Collector to produce and account for your property tax bill and payment.

Assessor.  The Los Angeles County Assessor establishes the assessed value of your property by appraising the value of that property under applicable State laws. The assessed value is then placed on a list with all other properties in Los Angeles County and this list is called the “Assessment Roll.” The Assessor also approves and applies all exemptions, which are added to the Assessment Roll. The Assessment Roll is then presented to the Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller for further processing.

Auditor-Controller.  The Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller adds direct assessments to the Assessment Roll then applies the tax rates, which consists of general (1%) levy and debt service (voter & bonded) tax rates to the value to create an Extended Assessment Roll. The Extended Roll is then sent to the Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector for individual tax bill distribution and payment collection.

Treasurer and Tax Collector.  The Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector receives the Extended Roll, prints and mails the property tax bills to the name and address on the Extended Roll. The Treasurer and Tax Collector collects secured and unsecured taxes. Secured taxes are taxes on real property, such as vacant land, structures on land, i.e. business/office building, home, apartments, etc. Unsecured taxes are taxes on assessments such as office furniture, equipment, airplanes and boats, as well as property taxes that are not liens against the real property.

L.A. County Tax Assessor – Facts

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Total 2009 local tax roll or assessed value: over a trillion dollars at $1,108,055,865,679.  Commercial Industrial parcels consist of 253,291 parcels of a total parcel count of 2,352,255 with the commercial industrial total assessed value of $328,000,000,000 ($328 billion), or 31% of the total.  The City of Los Angeles contains a $413 billion in assessed value for both residential and commercial industrial.

Commercial Industrial Parcel Counts by key industrial cities:

  • City of Commerce: 1,400
  • Pico Rivera: 1,067
  • Vernon: 1,372
  • Los Angeles: 66,419

Employment Steady with Slight Downtrend

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) released January unemployment estimates last week. Seasonally adjusted, the Los Angeles County unemployment rate was 5.7%, up from 5.4% in December, from 5.3% in November, and from 4.7% a year earlier. January was the eighth consecutive month that the County’s unemployment rate increased over the previous year. Last month’s County unemployment rate was the highest since February 2005 (5.7%). Historically speaking, 5.7% is not high and poses no immediate threat to the industrial real estate market.