From Robert Lewis:
Homeowners beware: If you receive something in the mail promising to lower your property tax bill, chances are it's a scam, says Ken Stieger, Sacramento County assessor.
Companies have been blanketing the area with official-looking forms promising property tax savings in return for $95. These companies are not connected to the county, Stieger said.
The mailings urge homeowners to act fast, claiming there is a Feb. 11 deadline to request the service. Not so, says Stieger.
It's too late to appeal the 2008-2009 tax bills and the assessor won't begin accepting applications for review of the 2009-2010 assessment until June. At that time, property owners who request a review from the assessor can receive one for free, Stieger said.
For more information on how to appeal an assessment, including important dates, visit the assessor's Web site , call the office at (916) 875-0700 or drop by the office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at at 3701 Power Inn Road, Suite 3000.