Assessment Practices Survey Released for Sonoma County


NR# 40-K
Date: August 8, 2000
Customer and Taxpayer Services Division

Assessment Practices Survey Released for Sonoma County

The Board of Equalization (BOE) today released an assessment practices survey report on Sonoma County, announced Johan Klehs, Member, State Board of Equalization.

Approximately once every five years, the BOE conducts a review of each county's assessment functions. Issued as "Assessment Practices Surveys," these reports make recommendations to strengthen or improve local property tax assessment programs.

The current report provides some recommendations and suggestions to improve the effectiveness of the assessor's operations. They include:

  • Limit assessment roll corrections to only those years permitted by statute.

  • Bring the mandatory audit program to current status.

The Board's County Property Tax Division conducted the review of the assessor's operation to ensure that properties are being assessed properly and efficiently. The review focused on the quality of the 1997-98 Sonoma County assessment roll, which contained a total of 182,843 assessments having a total enrolled value of $28.9 billion.

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Note: A copy of the Sonoma County Assessment Practices Survey is available upon request