Assessment Practices Survey Report Released for Solano County - News Release - 2000

NR# 17-K
Date: May 10, 2002
Customer & Taxpayer Services Division

Assessment Practices Survey Report Released for Solano County

Johan Klehs, Vice-Chair, State Board of Equalization (BOE) today released an assessment practices survey report on Solano County.

Once every five years, the BOE conducts a review of each county's property tax assessment functions to determine whether properties are being assessed properly and to identify areas where improvements should be made. Issued as an "Assessment Practices Survey," the report provides an overview of how the assessor performs his duties and includes recommendations to correct assessment deficiencies and improve compliance with state law.

The BOE found that most properties in Solano County are being assessed properly and the overall quality of the assessment roll meets the minimum standards required by the state to qualify for augmentation funds. However, the report provides 22 recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the assessor's operations. They include:

  • Include on the public transfer list all the information required by law.
  • Complete the mandatory audits required by section 469 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
  • Discontinue using arbitrary minimum valuation factors.

The review focused on the quality of the 2000-2001 Solano County assessment roll, which contained 137,118 assessments having a total enrolled value of $24.1 billion.

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Note: A copy of the Solano County Assessment Practices Survey Report is available upon request.