Tulare County Assessor’s Office aces state evaluation

(Rigo Moran)

State audit lauds the office’s commitment to precise property assessments in the county after the institution profits an impressive 97% score

TULARE COUNTY – The county assessor’s office, which assesses and determines the taxable values of estate properties in Tulare County, has nailed a recent state evaluation, showing that the office is taxing times when it comes to accuracy.

The Tulare County Assessor’s Office aced the evaluation with flying colors, earning itself a 97.86% score, as reported by the State Board of Equalization (BOE) in a June announcement. This score reflects the accuracy of assessments from the 2020/2021 tax roll, which was meticulously reviewed by state auditors.

“BOE audits serve as a critical examination of appraisal practices and assessment procedures, validating the integrity of the property tax system,” Tara Freitas, assessor and clerk-recorder for the county, said in an announcement. “I couldn’t be prouder of our managers and staff.”

Under the watchful eye of the BOE’s assessment practices survey program, county assessors must undergo periodic assessments. The goal is to ensure strict compliance with state laws and to guarantee consistent treatment of taxpayers across the state. The 10 largest counties face evaluations every five years, while the remaining counties, such as Tulare County, undergo assessments either randomly or as needed.

According to an announcement from the county, passing this evaluation not only showcases the county’s commitment to excellence, but also opens the door to reimbursement of costs linked to administering supplemental assessments, courtesy of the state.

The tax roll for 2020/2021 comprised a notable 155,914 assessments, totaling around $38.6 billion in enrolled taxable value. In other words, this large financial number represents the total value of properties and assets that were subject to taxation for the tax year of 2020/2021.

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