On August 27, 2019, we held the annual Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights hearing, which gives taxpayers an opportunity to address the BOE. I was happy to learn that this year's hearing drew more participation than last year. Below is a summary of presentations:

  • Property owners from Humboldt County expressed disagreement with BOE legal opinions regarding county assessors potential ability to disregard public-record property ownership in the assessment of real property on the local secured roll.

  • Mark Sutter from the Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate's Office read written comments from taxpayers into the record.

  • Three Calaveras County property owners asked for an explanation regarding unexplained anomalies in the assessment roll following the 2015 Butte Fire. They believe they and many of their neighbors in the Mountain Ranch area are being subjected to unjustified property tax increases. They testified that after the wildfire ravaged the area and destroyed properties, some assessed values still went up considerably.

  • A representative from the California Taxpayers Association voiced support for the BOE’s website update and encouraged the agency to ensure all archived documents will be available online once the website upgrade is complete.

  • A representative from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company inquired about plans to increase taxes on alcohol and asked for sufficient notice before any increases take place.

  • Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate Lisa Thompson was given an opportunity to respond to taxpayer comments.

We take taxpayer rights seriously at the BOE and are committed to giving taxpayers the opportunity to be heard. Our employees are expected to honor and safeguard your rights every time they interact with you. We invite all taxpayers to attend this annual hearing in Sacramento to express their ideas, concerns, and recommendations regarding the programs and laws administered by the BOE.
 
You may also contact my office directly with any question or concern you have regarding state tax laws.