(Santa Ana) - For the first time Orange County residents can challenge the assessed value of their property online and, if successful, lower their property tax. Property tax is the assessed value of your property applied to the tax rate.
As of this week, the County will be the first in the state to offer an interactive "Application For Changed Assessment" through the Clerk of the Board's Web site (COB). The online application will be available throughout the annual assessment filing period, July 2 - September 17.
"Offering this service is a dream come true," said Darlene Bloom, Clerk of the Board. "We hope this new service will result in more error-free applications and allow people the convenience of an application that is just a click away."
The new application will include section-by-section help and will not print until it is correctly completed. Forms must be signed and submitted by mail or in-person to the Clerk of the Board -Assessment Appeals Division. At present, the County is working with the State Board of Equalization to allow for online assessment appeal filing next year.
For people without Internet access, the 27 branches of the Orange County Public Library system provide one free hour of Internet access per day with a library card.
In addition to the new online application, the County still offers a paper application through local libraries or the Assessment Appeals Division. For assistance with the appeal process, contact the Clerk of the Assessment Appeals Board at (714) 834- 2331.