Sacramento, Calif. — The new tax year has started and Sacramento County has mailed about 450,000 secured
property tax bills which are payable beginning November 1, 2010. These tax bills are mailed only once a year;
however, property owners may pay their bills in two installment payments. The first installment payment must
be received or postmarked no later than 5 p.m. on December 10, 2010. Because April 10, 2011, is a Sunday
this year, the second installment must be received or postmarked no later than 5 p.m. on April 11, 2011. Both
installments may be paid when the first installment is due.

In recognizing a continuing decline in real estate values, the Assessor's Office reduced the values of
roughly 160,000 properties below their Proposition 13 value.
By law, the assessed values on the 2010-11 annual tax bills are based on property values as of
January 1, 2010. Any declines in value after January 1, 2010 will not be reflected until the 2011-12 tax bill.
The Assessor’s Office will continue tracking market trends and review assessed values as of January 1, 2011 in
preparation for the 2011-12 tax roll. If a taxpayer has evidence that their property value as of January 1, 2010,
is less than that shown on this year's bill, they should visit the Assessor's website (,
call the Assessor’s Office at (916) 875-0455, or go in person to 3701 Power Inn Road, Suite 3000, Sacramento.

Sacramento County offers an online subscription service, and people that sign up for subscriptions will
receive e-mail notifications when the annual secured property tax bills are available each year and reminders
before the first and second installment delinquent dates. The subscription service is located under “Get
Connected” Email Updates on the Sacramento County home page at
Taxpayers may obtain current year tax bill information, direct levy information and delinquent prior
year tax information and amounts due through the Internet at, using their 14-digit
parcel number.

Online payment services provided through our website include payments via credit card or electronic
check. Taxpayers may print tax bill installment payment stubs to mail in with their payments. Taxpayers may
also pay by credit card or electronic check over the telephone at 1-888-877-3575.
Sacramento County also has a convenient 24-hour/7-day-a-week Automated Property Tax Information
Line that gives callers information on a variety of tax subjects, access to detailed billing and payment
information, as well as specific informational messages for each direct levy on their tax bill and an option to
request duplicate tax bills. Tax specialists are available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can
reach the system and tax specialists by calling (916) 874-6622.

Payments may be made in person at the Sacramento County Tax Collector’s Office at 700 H Street,
Room 1710, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or mailed to P.O. Box 508, Sacramento, CA
95812-0508. When paying by check, you authorize the County to use information from your check to make a
one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction.
Remember, be sure to mail your payment early enough to ensure a timely postmark and avoid penalties.
If you own property and do not receive a tax bill by November 10, 2010, you may obtain tax bill
information and print payment stubs (coupons) at the Tax Collector’s website at,
over the automated telephone system or by contacting the Tax Collector’s Office at (916) 874-6622.

Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the property owner of the liability to pay taxes in a timely manner
or give the Tax Collector reason to cancel penalties imposed for late payment.
Even if your tax bill is being paid by a lending institution (mortgage company), state law requires that a
copy of the tax bill be sent to the property owner. Therefore, all property owners should receive either the
original tax bill or an “Owner’s Information Copy.”