How is the amount of my San Francisco property tax determined?
The amount of your San Francisco property tax is based off of the assessed value of your property, which is determined by the Office of the Assessor-Recorder. The assessed value is usually the cash or market value of your property at the time of purchase. For more information on how the assessed value is determined, contact the Office of the Assessor-Recorder at (415) 554-5596.
After the property value has been determined, the Office of the Controller applies any appropriate tax rates, which include the general tax levy, locally voted special taxes and any city or district direct assessments.
The general tax levy is determined by State law and is limited to $1 per every $100 of assessed value of your property. After applying appropriate tax rates, the Office of the Controller calculates the total tax amount. Then the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector will prepare San Francisco property tax bills based on the calculations done by the Office of the Controller.