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Center for Special Taxes

Welcome to the Center for Special Taxes

In 2014, the California Tax Foundation released the first comprehensive study of California parcel taxes. The study, “Piecing Together California’s Parcel Taxes – An In-Depth Survey of Local Special Taxes on Property,” found that parcel taxes cost taxpayers more than $1.9 billion statewide (click to read the full report or the summary).

The study was the product of a nine-month effort to obtain information from every city, county, and special district that levies a tax. We obtained more than 11,500 files, including local government meeting minutes, ballot pamphlets, parcel tax ordinances and resolutions, engineers’ reports and other key documents relating to parcel taxes. All of this information is now available for each county in the list below.

For information or questions about the information posted on this website, or if you represent a local government that would like to provide information or update information listed on this website, please email foundation@caltax.org

Understanding Your Property Tax Bill

Property taxes, parcel taxes and other local charges appearing on your property tax bill can be difficult to understand. For an explanation of how to read your property tax bill, click here.


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