Kern County has declared a local emergency related to the coronavirus. Effective May 18, Auditor-Controller will be handling transactions by mail and email. In-person services will be by appointment only. For additional information email auditor@kerncounty.com or call (661) 868-3599.

Auditor - Controller - County Clerk

Mary B. Bedard, CPA

1115 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301-4639

Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Mon-Fri 661-868-3599


Important Dates

January 1: The lien date for the assessment of property on the assessment roll is 12:01 AM on January 1 of each year. It is the time when taxes for the following fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) become a lien on property.
February 1: Second installment of secured property taxes is due, delinquent after 5:00 PM on April 10.
February 15: Deadline for filing Veterans, Homeowners, Church, Religious, Welfare Exemptions, Historical Aircraft and other institutional exemptions.
April 10: Last day to pay second installment of annual secured property taxes without penalty.
June 30: Delinquent accounts are transferred to delinquent tax roll and additional penalties added.
July 1: Assessment Roll delivered by the Assessor to the Auditor-Controller.
July 2 - November 30: Period during which the Clerk of the Board accepts petitions for Assessment Appeals Board hearings for the regular roll.
August 31: Last day to pay unsecured taxes without penalty.
November 1: First installment of secured property taxes is due, delinquent after 5:00 PM on December 10.
November 30:
  • Last day to file an assessment appeal on a lien date assessment.
  • Last day to request a Proposition 8 review of the assessment on the current tax bill.
December 10: Last day to pay first installment of regular secured bill without penalty.