Supplemental Assessment Practices Survey Report Released for Contra Costa County

NR# 55-K
Date: October 22, 2001
Customer and Taxpayer Services Division

Supplemental Assessment Practices Survey Report Released for Contra Costa County

The State Board of Equalization (BOE) today released a supplemental assessment practices survey report on the Contra Costa County Assessor's Office, announced Johan Klehs, Member, BOE.

Approximately once every five years, the BOE reviews each county's property tax assessment practices and makes recommendations for improvement. Supplemental assessment practices surveys are performed to review the extent of progress made by the assessor with regard to the recommendations contained in the most recent report.

The most recent assessment practices survey report for Contra Costa County, dated February 2000, contained four recommendations. This new survey report indicates that the assessor, Gus S. Kramer, fully implemented one of those recommendations and partially implemented one of the others.

One of the recommendations that was not implemented concerned the assessor's practices of classifying manufactured homes as real property instead of personal property. This has led to some special assessments, which should be applied to real property only, being applied to manufactured homes.

The BOE's County Property Tax Division performed the fieldwork for this report during the week of April 16, 2001.

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Note: A copy of the Contra Costa County Supplemental Assessment Practices Survey Report is available upon request. The September 1998 survey report is also available upon request, and is also available at /proptaxes/apscont.htm.