I wrote Ron Thomsen, Alameda County Tax Assessor, a nice letter explaining that I thought his assessed valuation was a fantasy, and including two valid comps from my building that suggested the value was $130k lower than his delusional one.
He sent back a nice letter saying that my assessed valuation had been changed, and the new valuation was the one that I suggested.
This was surprisingly painless. 20 minutes plus one letter equals a four-figure savings.
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