Why does the previous owner’s name still appear on the tax bill?

Legally, the assessors must retain the owner of record as of January 1, 2017, for Fiscal Year 2018. If you purchased the property after January 1, 2017, by law we will carry both your name and the legal owner as of January 1, 2017. For Fiscal Year 2019, the legal owner as of January 1, 2018, will be maintained. This is when the prior owner would be removed and your name would be the only name appearing on the ownership record.