Shari L. Schapmire - Treasurer-Tax Collector
Office Hours: Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Telephone Hours: Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Special Notice for Property Owners Affected by the Mendocino Lake Complex Fire
As Mendocino County Tax Collector, my heartfelt condolences go out to all those adversely affected by the devastating fires that raged through Northern California. This has been a horrific experience, most particularly for those directly impacted by a life-changing event such as the loss of a loved one or loss of a home.
Beginning the week of October 23, 2017, property tax statements will be mailed to all Mendocino County property owners. Also included with your property tax statement will be an important notice from Mendocino County Assessor Susan Ranochak, please click here to view the notice. If you qualify for a calamity adjustment, you may defer payment of the first installment of secured property taxes, delinquent after December 10, 2017, by checking the appropriate box on the Assessor’s form. Payment deferrals are not eligible on property taxes impounded by a lender; please contact your lender directly to discuss your particular situation.
Click press release to view the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder statement regarding the property tax assessed value adjustment process for damages to real or personal property due to the Mendocino Lake Complex Fire.
The following is a message from the State Controller's Office Property Tax Postponement Program:
"The State Controller’s Office Property Tax Postponement (PTP) Program extends our deepest sympathies to all those affected by the recent California fires. The Governor issued an Executive Order on October 18, 2017 regarding recovery efforts for communities impacted by the wildfires. Item #9 of the Executive Order extends the PTP filing period to June 1, 2018 for individuals affected by the fires in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Solano, Sonoma and Yuba Counties.
Overview of Departmental Functions
The Treasurer is responsible for the collection, custody, investment, and disbursements of the funds of the County, School Districts, Special Districts, and Trust Funds. All monies collected by the aforementioned entities are deposited in the County Treasury and pooled for investment purposes, while segregating the individual account transactions for interest apportionment purposes. The guiding principles of the investment policy are always in this order: (1) Safety, (2) Liquidity, and (3) Yield. Investments are placed with the objective of obtaining a respectable rate of return, not attempting to maximize yield at the expense of safety, liquidity, or availability.
The Tax Collector administers the billing, collection, and reporting of property tax revenues levied annually; this includes secured, unsecured, and supplemental tax assessments. The Tax Collector annually mails approximately 55,000 secured tax bills and approximately 7,000 unsecured tax bills. In addition, numerous supplemental tax bills are issued due to change of property ownership or new construction completed. In the most severe cases, properties that remain tax delinquent for five or more years may be sold at Public Auction. The Tax Collector also administers the collection of transient occupancy taxes, Business Improvement District assessments, and business licenses. It is our intention to efficiently collect current and delinquent taxes, licenses, and assessments, while treating each citizen in a dignified, fair, and equitable manner.
Property Tax Information
- Property Tax Process
- How To Calculate Your Taxes
- Tax Rates & Descriptions
- Supplemental Tax Refunds
- Special & Direct Assessments & Levies
- Property Tax Relief
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Contact Information
- Sales Tax Jurisdiction Locator
- Address Change
Property Tax Postponement for Senior Citizens, Blind, or Disabled Persons
The State Controller’s Property Tax Postponement Program returned in 2016 after being suspended by the Legislature in 2009. The program allows homeowners who are seniors, are blind, or have a disability to defer current-year property taxes on their principal residence if they meet certain criteria including 40 percent equity in the home and an annual household income of $35,500 or less.
For further program information, please visit the State Controller’s website at sco.ca.gov (select "Public Services", then "Property Tax Postponement") or call toll free, 1-800-952-5661.