Treasurer-Tax Collector
The Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Department operates three divisions - Treasury, Property Tax, and Central Collections. While the activities of each division are unique, the primary purpose of the department as a whole is to collect revenue owed to the County, cities, special districts, school districts, and the court system. The department is committed to providing excellent customer service and assuring effective utilization of the public’s tax dollars through a program of performance measurement and management.
Unclaimed Estates

Estates of Deceased With Unlocated Heir

California Code of Civil Procedures section 1444 specifies that any unclaimed estates of deceased with known heirs will be transferred to the State Controller's Office semi-annually after the deposit has remained in the County Treasury for one (1) year.

Estates of Deceased Without Heir

California Government Code section 50050 provides that unclaimed monies, including estates of deceased without known heirs, which remain in the County Treasury for at least three (3) years may be escheated to the County's general fund after public notice. At the end of the three-year period, unclaimed items over $15 must be published in a newspaper of county-wide circulation as notice that these funds will become property of the County if they remain unclaimed after a specified date, 45-60 days after publication. Once the unclaimed items become the property of the County, a claim may no longer be submitted. 

Unclaimed Estates Lists

Filing a Claim

If you locate a deposit that you believe is owed to you, please complete the Declaration in Support of Request for Release of Funds held by the Treasurer-Tax Collector to a Beneficiary of a Deceased person. The County of Butte has a duty to release funds to the rightful claimant, and we require that proof of identification be provided with the signed claim form. Claims may be made directly to the Butte County Treasurer without any service charges or fees.

The claim form provides guidelines for proof of identity. Along with your completed claim form, please include documents and records that evidence your relationship to the decedent or prove that you are the legally appointed personal representative of the decedent. The documents provided should include a copy of the decedent's will, if any, and a copy of the decedent's death certificate. At least forty (40) days must have elapsed since the death of the decedent before a claim can be processed.

Mail the completed form and documents to the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Department. All claim forms are reviewed in detail. If adequate documents are not provided with the submitted claim, our office will return all documents to the claimant along with a letter explaining why the claim was denied. Please allow 4-6 weeks processing time. 

Address

Butte County Treasurer-Tax Collector
Attn: Claims - Estates of Deceased Persons
25 County Center Drive, Suite 125
Oroville, CA 95965

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530-538-7576
treasury@buttecounty.net

 

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Treasurer-Tax Collector

Property Tax Division
530.538.7701
taxes@buttecounty.net

Central Collections Division
530.538.7362
collections@buttecounty.net

Treasury Division
530.538.7576
treasury@buttecounty.net

 Locations & Hours

25 County Center Drive
Suite 125

Oroville, CA 95965

Map of County Complex

Office Hours
Monday  - Friday
9:00am to 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays

 News & Announcements

December 10th was the final deadline to pay the first installment of 2014-2015 secured property tax bills.  The first installment was due November 1st but taxpayers had until the close of business on December 10th to pay without penalty. A 10 percent late fee has been added to all outstanding first intallment amounts.

Claims for excess proceeds from the June 2014 property tax auction are currently being accepted. Read more.