The aftermath of devastation caused by Tropical Storm Hilary, is when everyone evaluates how this natural disaster affected their properties. In this context, residents of San Bernardino County, California, are being offered a ray of hope in the form of property tax relief and low-interest loans. These measures aim to alleviate the financial burden on those impacted by the natural disaster, helping them on the path to recovery.
Property owners who have suffered damage to their real estate, business equipment, fixtures, aircraft, boats, or certain manufactured homes as a result of Tropical Storm Hilary may be eligible for property tax relief. To qualify for this assistance, property owners must file a claim with the Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk’s office within 12 months from the date of damage or destruction.
How to Claim This California Tax Relief and Loans
The first thing to do, is the reassessment process of damaged properties. As stipulated by state law, property taxes may be temporarily reduced until repairs are complete, providing much-needed relief during this challenging period. It’s important to note that the loss must amount to at least $10,000 of the property’s current market value for eligibility.
Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk Chris Wilhite encourages all homeowners whose properties have been affected by Tropical Storm Hilary to reach out to their office. He emphasizes that property owners may also qualify for tax relief in the aftermath of other non-declared emergency events that have inflicted damage upon their homes, such as mudslides or fires. This inclusive approach reflects the county’s commitment to aiding its residents in times of need.
What Can You Do with This Tax Relief or Loans Money?
The scope of this property tax relief extends beyond just real estate. It covers business equipment, fixtures, and even includes owners of aircraft, boats, and certain manufactured homes. The Assessor-Recorder-Clerk’s office has been actively reaching out to those affected, having contacted over 70 property owners who reported damage due to Tropical Storm Hilary through the Damage Assessment Online Survey.
At the same time, San Bernardino County has forged a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West to establish a Disaster Loan Outreach Center. This center serves as a valuable resource for both businesses and individuals impacted by Tropical Storm Hilary. It offers low-interest loans that can be instrumental in the recovery process.
Located at the Angelus Oaks Fire Station, the Disaster Loan Outreach Center operates with the aim of providing financial assistance to those in need. The center’s opening hours are from Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., ensuring accessibility for those seeking assistance. It’s important to note that the center will be closed on Monday, Oct. 9, in observance of Columbus Day.
For more information on property disaster relief, you could reach out at arc.sbcounty.gov/disaster or contact your local Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk district office.