California property taxes, like those in many other states, do not fund the budget of the state of California. Rather, California property taxes are assessed at the local government levels, and all the money collected is used for funding local governments. Fifty three percent of the money collected in California property taxes is used to fund schools. Another eighteen percent is used for county governments, eleven percent goes to city governments and the rest funds special districts.
California property taxes are some of the lowest in the country, ranging from 3.61% per $1000 in assessed value to 6.48% per $1000 of assessed value. Property values are assessed by the county assessor, a locally elected official. Once property values are determined, the taxes are assessed to each home based on the value determined by the tax assessor. California law states that property taxes be no more than 1% of the assessed value of the home plus the following: