Assessor/Recorder Role

The Role of the Assessor / Recorder

The offices of the Assessor and Recorder were merged in 1992. Combined, the Assessor/Recorder has a staff of 48 employees and an operating budget of $7.4 million.

 As mandated by the California Constitution, the primary purpose of the Assessor is to accurately determine the taxable value of Solano County land, improvements, business and personal property, which totaled over $40.5 billion in 2012.

The Assessor is responsible for identifying property and its ownership, and placing value on all taxable property within the County. This information is compiled into the Annual Assessment Roll and is reported to the State, the County Administrator's Office, Treasurer/Tax Collector/Clerk, Auditor-Controller, other public agencies, and the public.

The Recorder acts as perpetual guardian of land, birth, death and marriage records dating back to 1848. All functions of the Recorder's office are conducted under provisions of the State Constitution, State Codes and County Codes. Primary functional areas include the Official Records Unit, Document and Vital Records Indexing, Imaging, Vital Records and the Documentary Transfer Tax Program.

Presently the Recorder's Office collects funds for Trial Court Funding, family violence, local spousal and child abuse programs, the Assessor, the District Attorney, the Resource Management Department, the State Department of Health, and the cities of Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun, Vacaville and Vallejo.