Malia Cohen

Malia M. Cohen

Chair, Board of Equalization, 2nd District

News Release
For Immediate Release
December 15, 2021

NR 21-05
Contact: Regina Evans

Statement of Board of Equalization Member Malia M. Cohen

Upon Her Election As Chair of the California State Board of Equalization

Sacramento – Today, California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Member Malia M. Cohen issued the following statement upon her election as Chair of the California State Board of Equalization:

“It is a privilege and honor to serve again as Chair of the California State Board of Equalization. In these unprecedented times, with the daily challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we must remember that our first duty is to the People of California who deserve our continuing dedication, resolve, and service.

The BOE is a critical institution that guarantees direct representation on property tax issues. California's Property Tax system, which is administered by the BOE, provides over $75 billion in annual revenue for our schools and local government.

Looking forward to 2022, I am committed to working with my Board Member colleagues, our local County Assessors, and BOE staff in 2022 to ensure that the BOE continues to provide guidance for our property taxpayers and all stakeholders.

For Californians who have struggled during these most difficult times, please know that my door is always open to you.”

State Board of Equalization Chair 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 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.