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Overview of Santa Clara County, CA Taxes

Living in beautiful Santa Clara County, California means paying property taxes if you own your home. Home prices in the county are high, so although the average effective property tax rate in Santa Clara County is relatively low, property tax bills are high.

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    To calculate the exact amount of property tax you will owe requires your property's assessed value and the property tax rates based on your property's address. Please note that we can only estimate your property tax based on median property taxes in your area. There are typically multiple rates in a given area, because your state, county, local schools and emergency responders each receive funding partly through these taxes. In our calculator, we take your home value and multiply that by your county's effective property tax rate. This is equal to the median property tax paid as a percentage of the median home value in your county.

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To calculate the exact amount of property tax you will owe requires your property's assessed value and the property tax rates based on your property's address. Please note that we can only estimate your property tax based on median property taxes in your area. There are typically multiple rates in a given area, because your state, county, local schools and emergency responders each receive funding partly through these taxes. In our calculator, we take your home value and multiply that by your county's effective property tax rate. This is equal to the median property tax paid as a percentage of the median home value in your county.

Santa Clara County Property Tax Rates

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The average effective property tax rate in Santa Clara County is 0.79%. But because the median home value in Santa Clara County is a whopping $664,100, the median property tax amount in the county is $5,275.

CountyMedian Home ValueMedian Annual Property Tax PaymentAverage Effective Property Tax Rate
Alum Rock$395,000$3,3250.84%
Burbank$462,200$4,2870.93%
Cambrian Park$685,600$3,7900.55%
Campbell$681,300$5,3530.79%
Cupertino$1,000,000$7,8700.79%
East Foothills$632,800$5,2530.83%
Fruitdale$620,700$4,8790.79%
Gilroy$458,500$4,4780.98%
Lexington Hills$683,500$4,2340.62%
Los Altos$1,000,000$9,9190.99%
Los Altos Hills$1,000,000$10,0001.00%
Los Gatos$1,000,000$7,9500.80%
Loyola$1,000,000$10,0001.00%
Milpitas$547,100$4,5540.83%
Monte Sereno$1,000,000$10,0001.00%
Morgan Hill$587,900$5,0360.86%
Mountain View$807,100$5,9720.74%
Palo Alto$1,000,000$8,1060.81%
San Jose$579,500$4,8980.85%
San Martin$683,200$6,1900.91%
Santa Clara$633,600$4,6310.73%
Saratoga$1,000,000$9,9230.99%
Stanford$1,000,000$7,0760.71%
Sunnyvale$748,700$4,9070.66%

Your city, county, school district and other taxing authorities all contribute to your property tax bill. The Santa Clara County Office of the Tax Collector collects approximately $4 billion in county, city, school and “special district” property taxes each year. The property taxes you pay on a home are called “secured taxes.”

June 30 is the end of the fiscal year for Santa Clara County, so if you haven’t paid your property taxes by July 1 your account will be transferred to the “delinquent tax roll.” This transfer comes with a $30 State Redemption Fee, and your unpaid taxes are subject to penalties of 1.5% per month, charged on the first day of each month.

That works out to 18% in annual interest, which can get very expensive very quickly. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of your property taxes and file appropriate change of address forms so the county knows where to find you. You can change your mailing address in the county system by phone, by email or on a Mailing Address Change form that’s downloadable on the Santa Clara County government website. Failure to receive a property tax bill doesn’t excuse late penalties, so “the bill went to my old address” won’t get you off the hook if you miss a property tax deadline.

Santa Clara County Property Tax Credits

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Feeling daunted by your Santa Clara County property taxes? Well, you might qualify for a Santa Clara County property tax postponement (PTP). Property Tax Postponements are available for qualifying senior citizens, blind people and residents with disabilities. They’re only available for current-year taxes, so if you fall into delinquency on your property taxes you can’t then apply for a postponement to cover the payments you missed.

The applications are handled by the State Controller’s Office. PTPs allows homeowners who are seniors, who are blind or who have a disability to delay paying their current-year property taxes, as long as they meet the program requirements. Applicants must have at least 40% equity in their homes and an annual household income of $35,500 or less.

How Your Santa Clara County Property Tax Bill Works

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You can view and pay your Santa Clara County property tax bill online. To see your bill you’ll need either the Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) or the property address. Santa Clara County doesn’t charge a fee for paying online via electronic check (eCheck). As the county website puts it, “SAVE A STAMP! SAVE A TREE! PAY BY ECHECK...THERE'S NO FEE!!!” There is, however, a fee for paying by credit card.

Paper property tax bills are sent, too, but they can take a while to make it to your mailbox. You can also pay your property tax bill in person, but lines for in-person payments can be long, particularly as the tax deadline approaches.

Your Santa Clara property taxes are due in two installments per year. The first installment for 2016/2017 property taxes is due and payable on November 1. If you pay after 5 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016 your payment will be considered delinquent. Delinquent payments are subject to a 10% penalty and a late fee of $20. The second installment is due and payable on February 1, and also comes with a grace period, after which the 10% penalty and $20 late fee will kick in.

If you prefer to mail in your property tax payment, make sure your payment is postmarked by the “Pay by” date on your property tax bill. Since not all mail is postmarked and sometimes pieces of mail are postmarked on the day after you drop off them off, cutting it close can pose problems for taxpayers. If your payment arrives late and has no postmark or is postmarked after the deadline, it will trigger a late payment penalty and fee.

Remember to include the payment stub with your check. If you don’t, you increase the payment processing time by around 10 days, according to the Santa Clara County Office of the Tax Collector. You’ll also get a speedier processing time if you remember to include your mailing address and property tax bill Parcel Number on the check or money order you send. The county can’t accept partial payments, and will charge a fee for any returned checks.

Property Tax: Which Counties are Getting the Best Bang for Their Buck

SmartAsset’s interactive map highlights the places across the country where property tax dollars are being spent most effectively. Zoom between states and the national map to see the counties getting the biggest bang for their property tax buck.

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Methodology

Our study aims to find the places in the United States where people are getting the most for their property tax dollars. To do this we looked at school rankings, crime rates and property taxes for every county.

As a way to measure the quality of schools, we calculated the average math and reading/language arts proficiencies for all the school districts in the country. Within each state, these schools were then ranked between 1 and 10 (with 10 being the best) based on those average scores.

For each county, we calculated the violent and property crimes per 100,000 residents.

Using the school and crime numbers, we calculated a community score. This is the ratio of the school rank to the combined crime rate per 100,000 residents.

We used the number of households, median home value and average property tax rate to calculate a per capita property tax collected for each county.

Finally, we calculated a tax value by creating a ratio of the community score to the per capita property tax paid. This shows us the counties in the country where people are getting the most bang for their buck, or where their property tax dollars are going the furthest.

Sources: US Census Bureau 2016 American Community Survey, Department of Education, Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Police or Justice Department websites