Property damaged in Sand fire eligible for property tax relief

Residents who suffered property damage in the Sand fire are eligible for immediate property tax relief, according to the El Dorado County Assessor’s Office.

Provisions of the Revenue and Taxation Code allow for an immediate reduction in the assessed value in recognition of loss caused by a calamity such as the Sand fire, Assessor Karl Weiland said in a news release.

To qualify for relief, the loss in value must exceed $10,000 and a claim must be filed within 12 months of the damage. The Assessor’s Office will review damage assessments from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the county Building Services Department to speed up the process and correct the 2014/2015 tax bills so owners will pay property taxes based on the damaged condition of the property.

The Assessor’s Office also will contact property owners within the fire’s boundaries to ensure all damaged property is reviewed. Weiland stressed the importance of providing the post office with updated mailing addresses in cases where the address change is due to relocation.

Property owners with questions or in need of assistance are advised to call the Assessor’s Office at (530) 621-5719. The main office, at 360 Fair Lane in Placerville, is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information and an online application for calamity damage relief, see the Assessor’s website,

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