Shari L. Schapmire - Treasurer-Tax Collector
Office Hours: Closed to Public Access Due to COVID19 until further notice
Telephone Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Important Notice - COVID19
As Mendocino County Tax Collector, I understand and share in the public's anxiety and concern about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
So the public is aware, County Tax Collectors cannot change the April 10 deadline for the second Installment of secured property taxes because the delinquency date of Friday, April 10, 2020 is established by State law. Furthermore, critical County services, such as emergency response, public health, schools and other local financial obligations are dependent on these scheduled revenues.
However, the County does have authority to waive penalties, costs, or other charges resulting from tax delinquency due to reasonable cause and circumstances related to this crisis.
Select this Request for Penalty Cancellation form relating to COVID19 impact. Please read the instructions for this process carefully. Do not submit this form without your original tax payment.
Due to this crisis, the County Administration Building is closed to the public. All taxes, assessments, penalties, fines or fees must be remitted as follows:
- Mailed through the US Postal Service;
- Electronically online or by phone (see below for more information); or
- Drop box in front of the County Administration Building.
Cash must be converted to money orders or cashiers checks.
Full staffing will be available by telephone to deal with urgent matters.
Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. Thank you in advance for your cooperation during this crisis!
Electronic Payment Information
To pay your Current Year Secured 19-20 tax bills please visit www.mendocinocounty.org/securedtax and have your parcel number ready. This portal allows for direct payments to the property system and will look up the amount due on your single parcel for the current secured tax year only. If you have multiple parcels/bills to pay, you can enter it as one transaction and incur one fee by going to the miscellaneous tax payment page below.
To pay any other tax bill such as Unsecured, Supplemental, Multiple Current Year Secured Tax, Transient Occupancy Tax, or Business Licenses, please visit www.mendocinocounty.org/misctax. You must have your bill number available and the amount due.
To pay Cannabis business tax please call our office at 707-234-6848 to obtain the correct payment amount and information regarding electronic payments.
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 and Descriptions
- Supplemental Tax Refunds
- Special and Direct Assessments and 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. This information is also available on the State Controller’s Office PTP Webpage".