Malia Cohen

Malia M. Cohen

Member, Board of Equalization, 2nd District

News Release
For Immediate Release
December 5, 2019

NR 19-08
Contact: 1-415-557-3000

Board of Equalization Convenes the Second Statewide Informational Hearing,
Focusing on Property Tax Administration While Protecting Taxpayers

Sacramento – The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) will hold the second of four statewide informational hearings on December 6, 2019 in Santa Clara to gather information from industry experts and the public on Modernizing California's Property Tax System. In partnership with Santa Clara County Assessor Lawrence Stone, this hearing provides the opportunity for County Assessors, taxpayers, taxpayer advocates, the business community, and other interested parties to participate and provide comments.

"The BOE is the only statewide agency tasked with overseeing property tax administration and it is our responsibility to ensure California's complex billion-dollar property tax system is operating smoothly and efficiently and is updated appropriately with the times," said California State Board of Equalization Chair Malia M. Cohen. "It's vital we find more effective ways of administering our property tax system while making sure our taxpayers don't get lost in the process," she continued.

"I applaud Chairwoman Malia Cohen's decision to bring one of four statewide informational hearings to Santa Clara County; San Jose's home and the epicenter of Silicon Valley, which is keeping our nation's economy strong. I greatly appreciate the hosting of these informational hearings in the communities where people live and work. These hearings will shine a much-needed spotlight on a broad range of California's taxes and their administrative complexities. While actions by the Board often get lost in the daily news headlines from Washington, their decisions can affect billions of dollars of revenue for taxpayers, schools and local government. Efforts to expand the exceptional assessment professionals who work at the board is greatly appreciated," said Assessor Larry Stone.

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

When: December 6, 2019

Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Santa Clara Valley Water District Headquarters Building Boardroom
5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118

The December 6th 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 strengths, challenges, and opportunities of California's assessment appeals board system, assessment of personal property and fixtures, and opportunity zones.

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


State Board of Equalization Member Malia M. Cohen represents 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. Board Member 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.