For Immediate Release
December 18, 2020
Contact: Peter Kim
California State Board of Equalization Re-elects Antonio Vazquez to Serve as Chair for 2021
Mike Schaefer to Continue to Serve as Vice Chair
Sacramento – At the December 16, 2020 Board Meeting, the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) re-elected Antonio Vazquez to serve as Chairman and Mike Schaefer to serve as Vice Chair. Their new terms begin on January 1, 2021 for the duration of one year.
“I am honored and grateful to be elected to serve as Chairman for a second year to help lead the BOE as we continue to address the challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chairman Vazquez. “I look forward to building upon the work and accomplishments of 2020 and working closely with my fellow Board Members, County Assessors, stakeholders, and taxpayers to solve the important issues before the BOE.”
“I am honored to be chosen by my fellow Board Members to continue my service as Vice Chair of the California State Board of Equalization,” said Vice Chair Schaefer. “As Vice Chair, I am committed to advocating for California's taxpayers, and to ensure that the implementation of Proposition 19 works for seniors, families, the severely disabled, and victims of wildfires.”
Chairman Vazquez was elected to the BOE in November 2018, representing the Third Equalization District, which includes most of Los Angeles County, all of Ventura County, and a portion of San Bernardino County. He is the first Latino ever elected to the BOE since its inception and has over 20 years of business and government experience, including serving as Mayor of the City of Santa Monica.
Vice Chair Schaefer was also elected to the BOE in November 2018, representing the Fourth Equalization District, which includes the counties of San Diego, Orange, Riverside, Imperial, and a portion of San Bernardino. He is the oldest freshman constitutional officer in state history and at the age of 27, was the youngest person ever elected to the San Diego City Council.
The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is the only elected tax board in the country, and it is comprised of four Equalization District Members and the State Controller. Since 1879, the BOE's constitutional and statutory duties include the oversight of the 58 County Assessors to ensure assessment practices are uniform and consistent statewide. In addition, the BOE directly assesses the property of regulated railroads and certain public utilities, collects the private railroad car tax, and is responsible for the Alcoholic Beverage Tax and Tax on Insurers. BOE's critical role in property tax administration by promoting fair and equitable assessments protects the tax dollars that schools, local communities, and the State of California depend on every day.