News Release

Contact: Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release
February 25, 2016
NR 19-16-G

BOE Selects New Chair and Vice Chair

Sacramento – On February 24, 2016, at the Board of Equalization (BOE) meeting in Culver City, the Board selected Member Fiona Ma as its new Chair and Member Diane Harkey as Vice Chair.

"As Chair of the California State Board of Equalization (SBOE), I take this responsibility seriously and will work hard to uphold the integrity of this institution by creating more transparency, accountability and measures to preclude the appearance of impropriety," said Chairwoman Fiona Ma. "I look forward to working with my colleagues and all the staff to move this agency forward in a positive manner."

"I look forward to another productive year working with my colleagues on the Board to help individual taxpayers, small business owners and our larger employers navigate the maze that is California tax policy, so that we may stimulate job growth and create opportunities for all Californians, said Vice Chair Diane Harkey.

"Congratulations to Fiona Ma and Diane Harkey on being voted Chair and Vice Chair," said Board of Equalization Member George Runner. "They do great work on behalf of California taxpayers and I look forward to working with them in their new roles."

"Congratulations to Ms. Ma," said outgoing Chairman Jerome E. Horton. "I am very confident that she will do an awesome job. She certainly has demonstrated that in the legislature. It's been a long time–five years–serving as chair of the Board. Quite frankly it is time as we begin the transition. I believe every member should have an opportunity to serve as Chair of the Board. It's a unique experience, even though the responsibilities are rather limited, but it is a positon that allows you to provide some guidance and some leadership on a number of different issues and it's been an extraordinary pleasure. With over 35 years of public service, I've often told people that this is one of the only positions that I am actually overqualified for. Under Member Ma's leadership, I think we have some issues to deal with over the next year and a half and I am very confident in our ability to do that."

The other Board member is State Controller Betty T. Yee.

The five-member Board meets monthly and is the only elected tax board in the country. The BOE administers more than 30 tax and fee programs. During fiscal year 2014-15, the BOE generated $60.5 billion of revenue. The BOE's monthly meetings offer taxpayers and other interested parties opportunities to participate in the formulation of rules and regulations adopted by the Board.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board that serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes.

Note: This news release may discuss complex tax laws and concepts. It may not address every situation, and is not considered written advice under Revenue and Taxation Code section 6596. 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. For specific help, please contact the BOE at 1-800-400-7115.