Napa property taxes rise to highest on record in 2021 – NBC Bay Area

The annual property tax assessment roll in Napa County increased more than 7% in 2021, county officials said.

Napa County assessor, recorder and clerk John Tutor said the $48.8 billion assessment roll — based on the value of all properties in the county as of Jan. 1, 2022 — has increased by 3.25 billion dollars over the previous year.

“The assessment roll increase was the largest ever for Napa County and equaled the assessed value of the entire county 40 years ago in 1983,” Tutor said in the release. “Our local assessment roll is the fourth highest assessed value per capita of California’s 58 counties, just behind San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo and just ahead of Santa Clara.”

Tutor said all municipalities in the county showed an increase in their assessed value: American Canyon 7.54%, Calistoga 14.34%, the city of Napa 7.45%, St. Helena 6.81% and Yountville 18. .09%.

About $800 million of the $3.25 billion increase — about 25% — comes from the 2% inflationary increase required by the state’s Proposition 13. The adjustment applies to properties that did not change ownership, had no new construction and were not declining in value.

New nonresidential construction added $305.3 million — or about 9% of the total — which is close to the county’s all-time high set in 2009.

“The strength of the real estate market was a major contributor to this record increase, with record prices for residential, commercial, industrial and wine properties,” Tuteur said.

The balance of the total increase comes from changes in ownership of properties with older Proposition 13 base year values ​​and new residential construction.

Nearly 1,500 properties saw their assessments drop, some of which Tuteur said were linked to the impact of the pandemic on certain hotel and commercial properties.

Online valuation notices are now available for select property owners, including: properties that have fallen in value; properties with commercial and agricultural equipment appraisals; agricultural properties under California Land Conservation (Williamson) Act contracts; and properties whose construction was in progress between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

Reviews can be searched either by assessor parcel number or by property address at

“I encourage property owners to compare their 2022-2023 ratings to their 2021-2022 property tax bills to understand the nature of the change,” said Tutor, “For those who have questions about the value listed on their rating , please call or e-mail the Assessors Division for an informal review by November 15, 2022. Our staff is available to answer any questions at (707) 253-4459 or [email protected]

Penny D. Jackson