Assessment Practices Survey Report Released forSan Francisco County


NR# 53-K
Date: December 17, 2002
Customer & Taxpayer Services Division

Assessment Practices Survey Report Released for San Francisco County

Johan Klehs, Vice-Chair, State Board of Equalization (BOE), today released an assessment practices survey report on San Francisco County.

Once every five years the BOE conducts a review of each county's property tax assessment functions to determine whether properties are being assessed properly and to identify areas where improvements should be made. Issued as an "Assessment Practices Survey," the report provides an overview of how well the duties of the assessor are performed and includes recommendations to correct assessment deficiencies and improve compliance with state law.

The BOE found that most properties in San Francisco County are being assessed properly, and the overall quality of the assessment roll meets the minimum standards required by the state to qualify for augmentation funds. However, the report provides 56 recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the assessor's operations. Included among those recommendations are the following:

  • Fill vacant assessment positions.
  • Eliminate the backlog of assessable new construction.
  • Bring the mandatory audit program to current status.
  • Request that the board of supervisors repeal the resolution imposing an assessment appeal-filing fee.

The review focused on the quality of the 2000-2001 San Francisco County assessment roll, which contained 185,062 assessments having a total enrolled value of $77.686 billion.

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Note: A copy of the San Francisco County Assessment Practices Survey Report is available upon request.