Property taxes can vary by ZIP code within a county and within cities in a county, reports the Los Angeles Times. The tax variations arise when municipalities impose additional tax assessments, such as for special services or schools, that may only apply in certain districts or areas.
For example, in Los Angeles County, California, property owners pay a 1 percent general property tax as of 2015, but when municipalities impose special or direct assessments, the percentage increases, notes the Los Angeles Times. The countywide average of all tax rates is 1.16 percent, which means homeowners pay an average of $11.60 for every $1,000 of their homes' assessed values. Property owners in the city of Bell in Los Angeles County pay a total tax rate of 1.55 percent, or $15.50 for every $1,000 of their assessed values. In the city of Burbank, property owners pay a total tax rate of 1.07 percent, or $10.70 per $1,000.