April 27, 2018
Contact: Tom Hallinan
CANDIDATE SAYS TO ABOLISH STATE BOARD HE’S RUNNING FOR
It’s rare for a government program, much less an entire agency to be disbanded. However, there’s simply no reason for the state Board of Equalization (BOE) to exist in the 21st Century.
Recently, the Governor and the Legislature stripped this anachronistic agency of 90% of its functions. That drastic action leaves the Board with merely overseeing the review and adjustment of property tax assessments which are conducted by its few remaining employees.
That is simply not a full-time job for these elected officials, and paying them for it is a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars which could otherwise be used for schools and roads.
I am the only candidate who has experience serving on a local board of equalization. However, my sole purpose in running for a seat on the state Board of Equalization (for just a single term) will be to make the case to eliminate it. I will work to convince the Governor and the Legislature that they should finish the job they started - they should put a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot asking California’s voters to finally and completely abolish the BOE.
The Board of Equalization is the only elected state tax board in the country (most states have a Department of Revenue in its place). The BOE is an accident of history. It was created in 1879 to address a perception that landowners in foothill mining counties had bribed their local assessors, thereby shifting tax burdens to agricultural counties.
That issue was addressed long ago, and there have been calls to eliminate the BOE since 1929. It has been an embarrassment for decades, and has become a soft-landing spot for mostly term limited politicians looking for another government paycheck and having nothing better to do.
It’s time – to once and for all abolish this costly, obsolete layer of government bureaucracy which serves no useful purpose in the 21st Century.
THE BOE - END IT, DON’T MEND IT!