$415M windfall in property tax revenue for San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO – Controller Ben Rosenfield announced recently that the City will recognize a roughly $415 million windfall in newly available property tax revenue.

Typically, property tax dollars are allocated by formula to the local jurisdiction, education, BART and Bay Area Quality Management District. However, when there is property tax revenue in excess of funding limits, that excess property tax, the “windfall” is returned to the local jurisdiction.

“As your Assessor, I‘m proud of the work we do to support our City. Needless to say, San Francisco would not be in this position without the amazing efforts of the men and women in our office and the work they do every day. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to them,” said Assessor Carmen Chu, whose office is responsible for valuing over 211,000 properties in San Francisco and generates over $3 billion in property tax revenue annually to support public services, including a quarter that is allocated to the Education Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF).

From the windfall, $181 million will be made available to support the issues of homelessness and affordable housing.

Over the last three years, San Francisco has had the highest roll growth amongst California’s 58 counties. San Francisco’s property tax roll has grown by 22 percent in the last two years, from $212 billion in 2016 to $260 billion in 2018. The property tax roll is the cumulative total of assessed value for all real property and all personal property owned in San Francisco.