Kern County Assessor-Recorder

Kern County Assessor-Recorder

1115 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield CA 93301    
8-5 M-F (Except Holidays)    
About the Assessor

1530 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield CA 93301    
8-2 M-F (Except Holidays)    
About the Recorder

1655 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield CA 93301    
8-4:30 M-F (Except Holidays)    

Jon Lifquist Assessor-Recorder

Assessor Terms

TAXABLE VALUE: The value upon which your taxes are calculated. This is normally the base year value of the property established in accordance with Proposition 13 plus the annual inflation factor, or current market value, whichever is lower.

BASE YEAR: The base year value for property in California is 1975 or the year in which property has transferred or been newly constructed. The Assessor determines the full cash value of property on its base year date. This base year value will be factored by an inflationary factor not to exceed 2 percent each year until the property is transferred at which time a new base year is established. A new base year is also established for new construction.

FULL CASH VALUE: Full Cash Value or Fair Market Value means the amount of cash or its equivalent which property would bring if exposed for sale in the open market under conditions of which neither buyer nor seller take advantage of the other.

ASSESSMENT ROLL: The official list of all assessable property in the County (The Tax Roll.)

LIEN DATE: The "moment" of valuation for all property. The assessed value of the property as of 12:01 a.m. on January 1 governs the tax status for the fiscal beginning the following July 1.

REAL PROPERTY: Land and improvements

IMPROVEMENTS: All buildings, structures, fixtures, pools, fences, etc., secured to the land, including taxable mobile homes and taxable trees and vines.

PERSONAL PROPERTY: All other property subject to the general property tax but not considered land or improvements (such as boats, aircraft and business personal property).

SECURED PROPERTY: Property on which the property taxes are a lien against real estate.

UNSECURED PROPERTY: Property on which the property taxes are not a lien against real estate (office furniture, machinery, equipment, boats, airplanes, etc.) NOTE: Business inventory is exempt from taxation.

SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS: Direct charges against property which are included in the total amount of your taxes but are not determined by the Assessor. Sewer and school bonds are examples of special assessments.

Important Dates

January 1: The lien date for the assessment of property on the assessment roll is 12:01 AM on January 1 of each year. It is the time when taxes for the following fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) become a lien on property.

February 15: Deadline for filing Veterans, Homeowners, Church, Religious, Welfare Exemptions, Historical Aircraft and other institutional exemptions.

April 1: Deadline for filing Business Property Statements.

April 10: Last day to pay second installment of annual secured property taxes without penalty.

May 7: Last day to file Business Property Statements without penalty.

July 1: Assessment Roll delivered by the Assessor to the Auditor-Controller

July 2 - November 30: Period during which the Clerk of the Board accepts petitions for Assessment Appeals Board hearings for the regular roll. Other filing periods apply for supplemental assessments and escape assessments.

August 31: Last day to pay unsecured taxes without penalty.

November 30: Last day to request a Proposition 8 review of the assessment on the current tax bill.

November 30: Last day to file an assessment appeal on a lien date assessment.

December 10: Last day to pay first installment of regular secured bill without penalty and deadline to file a late exemption for homeowners and veterans.