Prop 60 / 90 Benefits for the 55+ In El Dorado County


El Dorado County’s PROP 60/90 now allows homeowners the chance to buy a replacement home while still preserving their original lower base year. PROP 60 means you will be taxed on the original property’s value despite acquiring a new home and being subject to a re-assessment.

Sometimes known as the “Empty Nester” provision, it allows residents to relocate without the consequences of losing their older base value. The provision also extends to the permanently disabled as PROP 110 offers similar benefits. Disabled Vets are also included as one of the qualifying groups.

Ordinances like Prop 60/90/110 are meant to enhance the lives of those who are able to take advantage of their benefits. As we age, our needs may change, causing us to have to relocate to meet our new lifestyle or health needs.  It’s great to know that residents of El Dorado County can now do so without being penalized.

To Qualify, Residents Must Meet The Following Requirements:

  • One of the property owners must be at least 55 years old or be permanently disabled.
  • The original residence must have a qualifying Homeowner’s Exemption or Disabled Vet Exemption.
  • The sale of the original residence and the purchase of the replacement residence must both occur within a two-year period at/or below the fair market value.
  • New construction homes may qualify if certain conditions are met.
  • Lastly, you must apply for the transfer and pay any applicable fees.  Currently, applications for transfers within the county of El Dorado will not be charged a fee.

There are many benefits to Prop 60/90, but this ordinance was written to include little flexibility when applied, and must be done so correctly. Common mistakes include acquiring the replacement residence first, going above the fair market value, or simply not meeting the age and residence requirements.

This ordinance may also be moved into neighboring counties, provided that county has passed an ordinance allowing the transfer. Preserving your base year will undoubtedly become a valuable asset come tax time and for years to come. So, if you ever wanted to relocate to a newer home, now is the time.


For further information, please reach out to the El Dorado County Assessor or Realtor Cynthia Mittleider at (916) 337-4989. Contact Cynthia


Disclaimer: Agent is not a county representative and is not giving legal advice. Information is deemed reliable but has not been verified. 


How Drought Affects Our Majestic Heritage Oaks in Folsom, CA


Have you ever wondered why a 100-year old Heritage Oak suddenly cracks in half?

The Sacramento Valley’s trees have been greatly impacted by the lack of water and are disappearing after centuries of existence. Trees as old as 100-years are suddenly dying, cracking, and causing damage to homes and property.

Sacramento is currently in one of the worst droughts in modern history, and to comply with cutbacks mandated by the state, many residents have stopped watering their plants, shrubs, and lawns.

In trying to comply, residents are forgetting that their large trees need water too.

Recently, it was discovered that one of the oldest heritage oaks in the Sacramento Valley resides in Folsom, CA on Cruickshank Drive in the Los Cerros neighborhood. These oaks are native to California and were planted by nature, not man.

Sacrament is known as the city of trees due to its abundance and variety of trees. We are situated along a large river basin which arborists say helps keep underground water abundant, which trees like. But with drought, those resources are dwindling and human intervention is needed to keep our trees healthy.

Large trees with deep roots do not require frequent watering but instead intermittent deep soakings that will reach their deep root systems according to the Arbor Day Foundation. They suggest slowly watering or using a drip system for deep soaking.

To water a large tree (16inch Diameter or more) its recommended to water four locations around the tree hoping to penetrate at least a foot deep into the ground. With time, some trees eventually grow roots closer to the surface and adapt to environmental changes. But for our majestic oaks, intervention is key, they  deserve to be here for generations to come.

I’m not an arborist but I love trees and the Sacramento Vally boasts the largest community of trees in any metropolitan area.

To do my part, I invite you to contact me at (916) 337-4989 for free local tree vouchers to enrich your home for years to come.


Jack’s Oak in Jack London State Historic Park

This article was written by Cynthia Mittleider, a 25-year veteran of the Folsom real estate market and long-time resident. If you have any real estate needs, whether just a simple question or the need for a full service Realtor, don’t hesitate to ask. Contact Cynthia