June 15, 2017
Micah Grant / 916-322-3116 o / 323-868-9067 c
Runner Issues Statement on Legislation
to Strip BOE Authority
Sacramento – Board of Equalization Vice Chair George Runner issued the following statement today in response to legislation passed by the State Senate and Assembly that would strip the Board of its authority to hear taxpayer appeals as well as other regulatory functions:
"Contrary to its misleading title, this rushed legislation is neither fair to taxpayers, nor transparent to the public.
"By gutting the power of elected representatives, this bill leaves taxpayers defenseless against a revenue-hungry and powerful state bureaucracy that's unaccountable to the public."
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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