Don Bauder 2:30 p.m., Aug. 1
Property Tax Reassessment Firm Still at It, but under Investigation
Property Tax Reassessment, a Los Angeles firm, continues to send its pitches to San Diego residents. The letter, which looks like a government form, says your property may have been overassessed by such and such an amount. It says it will take care of getting your property reassessed for a fee of $179. After May 27, it will be $209. Last year, the county assessor's office warned said that, among other things, this company needed a disclaimer saying it was not connected with the government. This year, buried in a Frequently Asked Questions section, the company says it is "not a government agency and at no time should the fee be construed as mandatory." Jeff Olson, chief of assessment services of the county assessor's office, says that the Los Angeles district attorney's consumer fraud division is currently investigating Property Tax Reassessment. And you can get the service the company purports to provide for free through the assessor's office.