News Release

Contact: Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release
January 22, 2015
NR 4-15-G

Board of Equalization Selects Chair and Vice Chair

Sacramento --The California State Board of Equalization unanimously selected Jerome E. Horton to continue as Chairman of the Board, and George Runner as Vice Chair during the newly seated Boardís first meeting on January 21, 2015.

"Governor Brown and President Obama have set forth bold initiatives that challenge the revenue generating agencies to administer equitable stimulation of our economy and recommend tax reforms that generate measurable results, consistent with their policies," said a grateful Chairman Horton. "I believe the Board of Equalization, under the leadership of Vice Chair Runner, and Members Fiona Ma and Diane Harkey, is up for the challenges of shaping and administering tax policy that helps California create jobs, stimulates investments, and protects the poor, while strengthening the middle class."

"Iím honored that my colleagues have entrusted me with this new role," said Vice Chair Runner. "I look forward to working with them as we serve and continue to protect the taxpayers of California."

Chairman Horton represents the Third Equalization District which includes Ventura and portions of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Vice Chair Runner represents the First Equalization District that includes inland California from San Bernardino County to the Oregon border.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board that serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes.

Note: This news release may discuss complex tax laws and concepts. It may not address every situation, and is not considered written advice under Revenue and Taxation Code section 6596. 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. For specific help, please contact the BOE at 1-800-400-7115.