Frequently Asked Questions


Can you tell me who owns the mineral rights on my property?

Your mineral rights may have been severed from your surface rights by a separate recorded document. You can do a “title search” at the Recorder’s office to see if and when those rights were severed and by whom.

What is a possessory interest?

A possessory interest is a right, often contractual, to perform a private activity on a government owned piece of property. If that right is of sufficient value, it is subject to taxation.

Why are you assessing my mining claim?

Mining claims constitute a possessory interest, which requires us to evaluate for a possible taxable assessment.

I sold this property years ago. Why are you still sending me tax bills?

The Assessor’s Office does not send out tax bills. The bill will come from the Tax Collector for one of two reasons. Either we failed to update our records after a deed transferring real property was recorded, or the property was transferred by means other than a recorded deed and no notification was sent to the Assessor’s office. Personal property (including boats, aircraft, manufactured homes, and business property) is typically not transferred by a deed, so it is imperative that you notify the Assessor as soon as possible after selling it. The same is true for real property transactions in which a deed is not recorded until the buyer has paid the seller in full and/or satisfied any other conditions of the sale.

What is a homeowner’s exemption and when is it due?

A homeowner’s exemption is a benefit to homeowners who occupy the property as their principal residence as of January 1st of any given year. The exemption reduces the taxable value by $7,000; therefore, saving approximately $70 on the tax bill. The homeowner’s exemption form is due by February 15th or the 30th day following the date of the notice of supplemental assessment.