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General Information
Accounting (Fiscal)

The main functions of the Accounting Section are to see to it that the payments are applied to the individual accounts correctly and promptly and to report the collections and apportionment to the Auditor's Office for distribution to the cities and special district. This unit provides the following cashiering services:


The Cashiers' Section takes the deposit from the offices within the County and payments of taxes from taxpayers. These collections are deposited to Union Bank for investments and payment of disbursements made by the offices in the County. The bulk of the payments are received in August for Unsecured Taxes and December and April for Secured Taxes.

The cashiers process the payments of taxes through the National Cash Register (NCR) machine and apply them to the individual accounts. Payments processed during the day are deposited to the bank the next day.

The cashiers also cash warrants to the welfare recipient with proper identification and authorization from the Social Worker. This unit provides the following cashiering services:

  • receive tax payments (cash and checks) at the cashier counters and process such payments, including mail remittances, through the remittance processing system on a daily basis
  • process overpayment refunds
  • process return checks from tax payments.
Secured Property Current Year Tax Information

The primary responsibilities of the secured property current year unit are the preparation and distribution of current year regular and supplemental tax bills and corrected tax bills, and to provide tax information and assistance. This unit provides the following current year secured property tax services:

  • mail current tax bills
  • process lost check inquiries
  • mail supplemental assessment tax bills
  • tax roll data tape and cartridge sales
  • maintain records of accounts serviced by lenders
  • provide general information
  • process segregation, separations and adjustments
Prior Year Secured Delinquent Tax Redemption

Properties for which taxes are unpaid at the close of the fiscal year are declared Tax-Defaulted for that fiscal year. This unit provides the following prior year tax services:

  • redemption information
  • subdivision maps
  • eminent domain
  • installment plans
  • Senior Citizen Property Tax Postponement
  • process delinquent tax payment receipts
  • bankruptcies
  • mail adjusted prior year secured tax statements

  • mail notices of overpayment of prior secured regular taxes
Prior Year Secured Tax Defaulted Property

The Tax Collector may offer Tax-Defaulted property, (where the taxes remain unpaid for five years or more), for sale through a public auction. This unit provides the following prior year tax services:

  • publication of tax defaulted property
  • auction sales of tax defaulted property
  • sales of tax defaulted property to public agencies
  • sealed bid sales of tax defaulted property
Unsecured Property Tax Administration and Information

The primary responsibilities of the unsecured property tax administration unit are the preparation and distribution of tax bills, providing tax information and assistance, administer tax liens, process payments and payment notices. This unit provides the following current and prior year unsecured property tax services:

  • title demands
  • property tax billing
  • alcoholic beverage control hold and hold removal
  • process payment receipts, current and prior year
  • process adjusted bills, escapes and refund claims
  • issue mobile home tax clearances
  • unsecured tax roll inquires and information
  • process possessory interest payments
  • bulk transfers
  • file and release certification of liens
Unsecured Property Tax Collection Enforcement

Once delinquent unsecured taxes become subject to collection enforcement. This unit provides the following delinquent current year and prior years unsecured taxes collection enforcement services:

  • processing of liens and summary judgments
  • processing seizures
  • orders of examinations
  • seizure and sale of unsecured property
  • bank account levies
  • discretionary installment plan
  • process payment receipts
  • skip tracing

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