When buying a home here, be aware of the property tax rates for Manhattan Beach.
For fiscal year 2020-21, the property tax rate is 1.115609%.
The property tax rate typically is applied to the sale price of a recently purchased home, with no separate appraisal or assessment performed by the county. (There can be exceptions.)
Here is where the various charges on your Manhattan Beach property tax bill come from:
As you can see, neither Los Angeles County nor the City of Manhattan Beach imposes additional property taxes.
The greatest local charge is for local schools. (Also one of the greatest assets for Manhattan Beach!) It comes to about $885/yr. per million dollars in assessed value.
The rate is down about 3 thousandths of a percent since FY 2018-19 (-0.00295889%).
On a sample purchase of $2,000,000, this tax rate would result in property taxes of $22,312 per year, or about $1,859 per month.
These figures, from the LA County Auditor-Controller, do not reflect additional charges expected for the repayment of bonds approved by the voters of Manhattan Beach, such as the recent bonds for school facilities (see below). The latest bonds may result in new charges of up to $30 per $100,000 in assessed value on each property in Manhattan Beach. (Or about $600 per year on a sample purchase of $2,000,000.)
Under California law (Proposition 13), the assessed value of a property may increase by 2.0% per year. When property values decline, the assessed value can be challenged by a homeowner appeal, or may be reduced by the LA County Assessor automatically without such an appeal.
To find updated figures from the Auditor-Controller directly, go to this web page. This allows you to look up current rates and those for the prior year. You will need to input one of the Tax Rate Areas (TRA) for Manhattan Beach, such as 3716. (You can use any TRA for MB, from 3716-3724, 3731, 6154-6156, or 6168-6175 [except 6171].)
On November 8, 2016, the voters of Manhattan Beach approved two bond measures:
On June 5, 2018, the voters of Manhattan Beach approved Measure MB, a parcel tax dedicated to school funding.
Measure MB levies a $225 per year per parcel tax for 6 years. The parcel tax is expected to raise about $2.6 million per year for local schools at a time of declining state funding. The measure received 69.25% support from the voters.