At a December dinner party, resident Pat Anderson — whose house was destroyed by mudslides last February — asked La Cañada Flintridge Councilwoman Laura Olhasso if she knew how she could seek property tax relief.
Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino secured state property tax breaks for homeowners who have to repair or rebuild in the wake of natural disasters, but Anderson, like many other affected residents, told Olhasso she didn’t know how to start the process.
“The idea came from Pat,” Olhasso said to a small crowd of homeowners gathered at La Cañada City Hall for a Saturday morning workshop.
Recently elected Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez and his staff gave the residents a step-by-step process on how to secure the so-called misfortune or calamity tax reassessment.
“When there is a misfortune or calamity, or a decline in value, you have every right to call us,” Noguez said.
Under the reassessment, tax liability for affected residents would be re-evaluated to reflect the damage to the property.