Thursday, June 25, 2009

Seminars for those who think property taxes should be lowered


                                    NEWS RELEASE



                                    Contact:  Judy Hammond, Director of Public Affairs, (213) 974-1363

Brian Lew, Assistant Director, (213) 974-1652  

                                                   Cheryl Noland, Assessment Appeals Board, (213) 974-7953


                                                               June 25, 2009                                         




The County of Los Angeles is sponsoring a series of free seminars monthly through December to assist property owners who feel their taxes should be lowered due to a decline in the value of their property.


The 90-minute seminars will be offered one time at each location:  Culver City, El Monte, Glendale, Lakewood, Lancaster and Van Nuys. Additional meetings will be scheduled throughout the County on a year-round basis.


The meetings are intended to help taxpayers better understand the assessment appeals process, which many find confusing. The seminars will be of value to homeowners who are interested in learning about the assessment appeals process and to those who have already filed an appeal. The seminars will cover taxpayers appeal rights and when to file an application for reduction in assessment. The seminars will also cover how to prepare for a hearing, what qualifies as admissible evidence, what will happen at the hearing and what to expect after the hearing.


The dates, times and locations of the sessions are:


Culver City - Public Library, 4975 Overland Ave., Tuesday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. Free parking behind the library.


El Monte - Jack Crippen Senior Center, Crafts Room, 3120 N. Tyler Ave., Thursday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. Free parking.


Glendale -   Public Library, 222 E. Harvard St., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. The library will validate three hours parking at the corner of Maryland and Harvard.


Lakewood –   Angela M. Iacoboni Library, 4900 Clark Ave., Monday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m.  Parking at corner of Clark Avenue and Del Amo Boulevard.


Lancaster – Public Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. Free parking.


           Van Nuys –  Bernardi Senior Center, 6514 Sylmar Ave., Wednesday, July 22, 2 p.m.  Free parking, entrance on Hamlin Street.


Persons with disabilities who believe they need reasonable accommodation or help in order to attend a seminar may call (213) 974-7953.  Hearing-impaired persons with TDD equipment may leave a typewritten message by calling (800) 735-2929 (TDD). Schedules for meetings may be obtained by calling (213) 974-7953 or on the Internet at


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