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Tax relief available for tropical storm victims

Tax relief available for tropical storm victims

Property owners in San Bernardino County whose property was damaged by Tropical Storm Hilary may be eligible for a property tax reduction.

A claim must be filed with the Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk’s office no later than one year after the damage occurred, according to a statement on the county’s website.

Once a claim is filed, the office will reassess the damaged property, and property taxes may be reduced temporarily until repairs are finished.

To qualify, damage must be at least $10,000 of the property’s current market value.

“I encourage all homeowners whose property was damaged by Tropical Storm Hilary to contact our office,” said Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk Chris Wilhite in the statement. “Property owners may also qualify for property tax relief due to other non-declared emergency events that damaged their home, such as mudslides or fires.”

Property tax relief is available to owners of real property, business equipment and fixtures. So far, the Assessor-Recorder-Clerk’s office has contacted over 70 property owners who reported damage caused by Tropical Storm Hilary, which struck California in August, according to the statement.

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