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Then what is an example of a tax that tends to "increase the value of the property assessed"?

Phil noted the usual suspects. Things like paying for a sewer line to your property through a local assessment. Or a road to your property. These kind of assessments are not common in California, but they are used more often in other parts of the country.

I don't interpret that paragraph of the code too literally - because almost every tax could be said to increase the value of the property assessed. A general assessment that makes the county a nicer place to live increases the value of the property. A general assessment that pays for road improvements, or better schools, or flood control, or a whole host of different things all could increase the value of the property. But that's not the point of this paragraph.

It's to keep from disguising an improvement to your property as a tax assessment, and trying to create a current tax deduction for what should be a capital improvement.

--Peter
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