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About the Assessor and Recorders Office

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Office of Donald O'Connor
Alpine County Assessor/Recorder

Notice: Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Alpine County Administration building is currently closed to the public. The staff is still working and available to handle your needs during normal business hours.  All communication with our office should be done via phone, email or by US Mail / overnight courier.  Our address and contact information is available below or on this link.  In addition to US Mail, a drop box is available outside the Administration building to deposit documents or overnight courier parcels. 

If you have a document that you would like to submit for recording, please email Jeanette Millar a copy of all the pages in the document, including the PCOR, prior to sending the hard copy.  She will review the document and make sure its recordable and will also provide you with the exact recording fee.  This will save everyone time and minimize rejected documents.  If using an overnight delivery service for your document, please email Jeanette once you have received delivery confirmation. Documents will be recorded as soon as possible but may not be processed the same day as delivered.

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

This closure is indefinite and we will update this page as the situation changes.

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

Our US Postal Service mailing address is P.O. Box 155, Markleeville CA 96120

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 Information
California Health and Safety Code
California Laws