We get a lot of questions while we help buyers buy a home in Sonoma County. One of the most frequent, especially from out of area or first-time home buyers is "How much will my Sonoma County property taxes be?"
The quick answer is this: Figure on having to pay 1.25% of the purchase price of your property. So if you buy a home for $500K, your property taxes the first year will be around $6,250.
The long answer is, the base tax rate is 1% (per proposition 13 which was voted in by California voters in 1978) plus any local county and city voter approved bonds.
The image above shows the property taxes from a home in Cotati, covering the period from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. The Prop 13 base amount (1%) is $3,823.08 which tells us that the home is currently assessed at $382,308.00. The local voter approved bonds add an additional $806.20 which includes funding for Warm Springs Dam, Schools, Fire protection and Mosquito abatement.
The good news is that your property taxes aren't due in one lump sum. In this tax bill, the amount that covers July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015 is $2314.64 and was due by December 10, 2015. You can see above that the homeowner paid that amount on December 7. The same amount of money will be due again by April 10, 2016 which will cover the period from January 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016. It looks like the homeowner will be waiting until April to pay that portion of the property tax bill.
Every city has different voter approved taxes, we can help you figure out what your tax bill will be when you buy your home in Sonoma County.