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The term "secured" simply means that taxes are assessed against real property (land or structures). The tax is a lien that is "secured" by the land or structure. If the taxes remain unpaid after a period of five years, the property may be sold by the Tax Collector to cover the taxes owed.
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The Assessor establishes the value of unsecured property on January 1. This date is often referred to as the tax lien date.
The January 1 value is multiplied by the tax rate (usually 1 percent plus voter approved assessments).
A secured tax bill covers a fiscal year. The fiscal year begins July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following calendar year.
Every year, the Tax Collector mails the secured tax bills in October. If you do not receive a tax bill by November 1, or if you recently purchased a property, you may access your tax bill online. You can also request a duplicate copy by calling 530-552-3720 or by sending an email to Taxes.
The 1st installment is due on November 1 with a grace period until 5 pm on December 10 to pay without penalty. The second installment is due on February 1 with a grace period until 5 pm on April 10 to pay without penalty. If a final due date falls on a weekend or holiday, the taxes may be paid without penalty until 5 pm on the next business day.