A few months ago, I had a property owner call me and explain he had recently sold his property to a utility company under threat of eminent domain. He took the sale proceeds and invested the money in a comparable replacement property. When he applied to transfer his Proposition 13 base year value to the replacement property, the County assessor denied his request. The assessor explained that because the sale under threat of eminent domain was not to a public entity, it did not fall within the exception that allows for a transfer of the base year value.
I was a bit surprised by the assessor's ...
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