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About the Assessor and Recorders Office

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Office of Donald O'Connor
Alpine County Assessor/Recorder

The Role of the County Assessor

The county assessor, an elected official, is governed by the California Constitution, the laws passed by the Legislature, and the rules adopted by the State Board of Equalization. An individual county government does not control the county assessor’s tasks.

Annual Assessments and Functions of the Assessor
The County Assessor must annually assess all taxable property in the county, except for state-assessed property, to the person, business, or legal entity owning, claiming, possessing, or controlling the property on January 1. The duties of the County Assessor are to discover all assessable property, to inventory and list all taxable property, to value the property, and to enroll the property on the local assessment roll. The Assessor’s primary responsibility is to annually determine the proper taxable value for each property so the owner is assured of paying the correct amount of property tax to partially fund the local government and school system.

These functions are largely governed by the:
The Roll of the County Recorders Office
The County Recorders Office is responsible for recording, filing and the preservation of public documents associated with land transactions, including sale, lien, purchase, and easements. Once these documents are recorded, the County Recorder creates an index and makes it available for examination by interested parties and issues copies upon request. Most of the duties of the Recorder are prescribed by State law.

The County Recorder is also appointed by the State of California as the Local Registrar of Births, Marriage & Deaths. These duties include registering all Birth, Marriage & Death certificates occurring in Alpine County and transmitting those original records to the California Department of Health Services - Office of Vital Statistics.

Our office is located at 99 Water St. Markleeville, California in the Administration building. Phone Number: (530) 694-2283

General office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. excluding holidays.

Recording hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. excluding holidays.

Online Resources and Information

California Property Tax: An Overview
California Government Code
California State Board of Equalization
California Revenue and Taxation Code
California State Constitution - Article XIII & Article XIIIA pertains to property taxation
California State Board of Equalization Property Taxes Law Guide
California Health and Safety Code