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Runner Opposes Changes to Board of Equalization

State lawmakers have voted to strip the state Board of Equalization of almost all of its authority, and replace it with two new departments. Board Vice Chair and Nevada County’s representative George Runner says the move will cost taxpayers money, and was brought on by past non-criminal bad behavior of former board members…

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Appeals are heard by the Board, which is made up of elected officials. Now, appeals would be heard by state employees which Runner says won’t necessarily be sympathetic to the taxpayer. Runner says the board will still be advocating in favor of the taxpayer, even though their power is being reduced…

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The Board of Equalization was created in 1879, and still will have constitutional duties including state assessments on utilities. Governor Brown is expected to sign the legislation, but Runner adds it could be challenged in court.

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