News Release

For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2017
Micah Grant (Runner) / 916-322-3116 o / 323-868-9067 c

BOE Adopts Reforms to
Address State Audit Findings

Culver City – During the Board of Equalization's Regular Meeting today in Culver City, Board Members voted 5-0 to adopt new policies that establish stricter protocols regarding member education and outreach.

The reforms were crafted in response to the recent Department of Finance audit and were approved within the context of the Customer Service and Administrative Efficiency Committee, which Runner oversees.

"The actions taken today establish clear limitations and guidelines for Board Member education and outreach activities, and reinforce actions already taken by the Executive Director," said Runner. "We have a constitutional duty as elected officials to tackle these issues and run an efficient agency."

The policy changes include creating a more robust clearance process for outreach activities, requiring Board review for certain events, and imposing a moratorium on all conferences until a new outreach plan has been adopted by the full Board. The Board also directed the development of memorandums of understanding for loaned staff.

"These reforms are vital steps towards remedying issues identified in the audit," added Runner. "For the next Board meeting agenda, I will include empowering the executive director to hire all executives (CEAs) outside of the chief counsel and future executive directors.

"We'll also discuss annual training requirements for all Board Members and staff on the proper role of elected Board Members related to Budget Act Provision 1 and other legal requirements."

The next regular Board of Equalization meeting will be held in Sacramento beginning May 23.

George Runner represents the State Board of Equalization’s First District and is a leading advocate for California taxpayers. Prior to being elected to the BOE, Runner served in the State Legislature where he authored California’s Amber Alert and Blue Alert. As a member of the Senate Revenue and Taxation committee, he led the fight against tax increases and supported tax relief for all Californians. A thoughtful conservative, Runner’s priorities include improving the economy, business growth, education excellence, and public safety for all Californians.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects $60.5 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit California Tax Service Center.

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