Malia Cohen

Malia M. Cohen

Chair, Board of Equalization, 2nd District

News Release
For Immediate Release
September 17, 2019

NR 19-07
Contact: 916-445-4081

Board of Equalization (BOE) Gathers Information and Data on Modernizing California's Property Tax System

BOE convenes the first Statewide informational hearing

Sacramento – The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) will hold the first of four Statewide information hearings on September 19, 2019 in San Diego to gather information from industry experts and the public Modernizing California's Property Tax System. In partnership with the San Diego Assessor Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., this hearing will encourage the County Assessors, taxpayers, taxpayer advocates, the business community and others, who are interested in participating in the discussions, to participate and provide comments.

“California's property tax system provides $67 billion in revenue for our school and local governments – California's second largest source of public revenue, and some would argue the most stable source. The BOE, as the only Statewide agency tasked with overseeing property tax administration, is uniquely poised to launch this initiative on how to modernize California's complex property tax system to ensure local Assessors and the State have the tools we need to exercise efficient and effective administration of our billion-dollar property tax system,” said California State Board of Equalization Chair Malia M. Cohen.

What: Statewide Informational Hearing – Modernizing California's Property Tax System: Opportunities, Challenges & Emerging Issues

When: September 19, 2019

Time: 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Where: San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Administration Building
Third Floor Board Room
3225 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

The September 19th meeting will focus on emerging issues that may affect the administration of property taxes and bring to light the challenges facing California's property tax system. A panel of industry experts will discuss the current and future state of property tax administration at the national, state, and local level, and will provide background on how our complex system works. Members will gather information and hear about workforce challenges related to the “silver tsunami” of retirements and the high cost of low salaries in relation to the specialized skills needed by this industry. Another topic of discussion will be preparing for the potential impact of a Split Roll in California.

For more information about the San Diego hearing and to see the agenda, visit the BOE website.


Malia M. Cohen is the Chair of the California State Board of Equalization representing nearly 10 million constituents residing in 23 counties in Northern and Central California, extending from Del Norte County in the north to Santa Barbara County in the south. Chair Cohen is the youngest Constitutional Officer serving in California.

The Board of Equalization is California's statewide elected tax board. Its five members include four members elected in districts, and the State Controller. Under its constitutional mandate, the BOE oversees the assessment practices of the state's 58 county assessors, who are charged with establishing values for approximately 13.6 million assessments each year. In addition, the BOE assesses the property of regulated railroads and specific public utilities, and is responsible for the alcoholic beverage tax and tax on insurers.

Note: This news release may discuss complex tax laws and concepts. It may not address every situation and is not considered written advice. Changes in law or regulations may have occurred since the time this news release was written. If there is a conflict between the text of this news release and the law, decisions will be based upon the law and not this news release.