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August 12, 2011 > County assessment practices survey report

County assessment practices survey report

Submitted By Anita Gore

Betty T. Yee, First District Member of the Board of Equalization (BOE), has issued the Alameda County Assessment Practices Survey Report on the quality of the 2009-10 Alameda County assessment roll, representing approximately $197 billion in value.

The Alameda County Assessment Practices Survey Report, released on August 9, 2011, states that most properties in Alameda County are assessed properly and the overall quality of the assessment roll meets state standards. The survey report notes several positive elements, such as its well-administered decline-in-value program and implementation of new technology that allows efficient tracking and annual review. The report includes seven recommendations to improve programs in the Alameda County Assessor's office and the Alameda County Assessor's written response to the BOE recommendations and findings. To view the 2011 Alameda County Assessment Practices Survey Report, visit http://tinyurl.com/3v7oftw

The BOE is the agency responsible for promoting statewide uniformity and consistency in property tax assessment, reviewing each county's property assessment practices and procedures once every five years and publishing an assessment practices survey report. The report provides an overview of how well the assessor's duties are performed and identifies where improvements should be made. Every assessor is required to identify and assess all properties located within the county, unless specifically exempt, and maintain a database or "roll" of the properties and their assessed values. If the assessor's roll meets state requirements, the county is allowed to recapture some administrative costs.

The assessment practices survey program is one of the State's major efforts to address both a public policy interest and a financial interest in promoting fair and equitable assessments throughout California.

For more information on the BOE assessment practices survey program, visit www.boe.ca.gov/proptaxes/apscont.htm.

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