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Assessor: Dont fall for $179 to lower your taxes
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STOCKTON — The San Joaquin County Assessor’s Office tissued a warning to area taxpayers to beware of a recent mailing offering homeowners tax relief.

The Los Angeles based company, operating under the name Property Tax Reassessment, offers to file with the Assessor’s Office a “Request for Review” form of a homeowner’s property for a fee of $179. The mailing further refers to deadlines for filing and threatens to impose a $30 late fee. Property assessments and assessment reviews are free services offered by the County Assessor’s Office and property owners do not need to pay for a service to file a request.

“San Joaquin County property owners should be aware our office regularly reviews property tax assessments free of charge”, stated Assistant Assessor Ken Blakemore. By law, these values are set as of January 1st for the upcoming year. Last year, our office reviewed approximately 75,000 properties and lowered over 50,000 assessments. We are currently reviewing the market value of most single-family homes in the County, as of January 1, 2009, for the taxes that will become due next October and April 2010.”

Owners of property with resulting reduced assessments will receive a letter by early July 2009 notifying them of the results. Owners who disagree with the results or didn’t receive a reduction may call the Assessor’s Office at 209-468-2630, make contact through the website (, or file an application for a reduced assessment between July 2 and November 30, 2009 with the Clerk of the Board’s Office located on the 7th floor of the San Joaquin County Courthouse in Stockton.