State Board of Equalization

Reader Input: Make weed abatement a priority

We are inundated daily about the drought. We hear what lawmakers are doing and not doing on the radio, TV and Internet. It seems so simple to me. If we make fire prevention first ...

Another View: Falling gas prices mask hidden tax

So why is it that while other states are now enjoying gas prices of less than $2 per gallon, California is still paying higher prices? Due to high taxes and costly regulations, o ...

Another View: Department of Motor Vehicles needs to stop robbing taxpayers

If you recently purchased a car from a private party, you may have paid too much tax to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. I’ve been hearing complaints from const ...

Placer County real estate leading regional property value uptick

Placer County has emerged from the economic downturn as the regional leader in property value growth, according to State Board of Equalization figures released Monday. With a 6 pe ...

Reader Input: State takes still more from local

The State Board of Equalization just passed a 3.5 cent tax increase on gasoline and diesel at the pump while revamping the manner that the tax is administered. The increase is go ...

Fire protection fee equals shrewd politics

The severe criticism of State Board of Equalization member, George Runner, opposing the governor’s inspiration for taxing rural property owners $150 for “fire protectio ...

Tax man takes heat for fighting $150 fee

SACRAMENTO — One of California’s top elected tax collectors is facing criticism for his high-profile campaign to block a controversial fee that Democratic leaders say he and th ...

Another View: ‘Illegal’ fire tax bills arriving by mail now

Despite my efforts to stop it by referendum and legislation, the illegal fire tax is being assessed on more than 825,000 rural Californians starting this month, including 57,549 in ...

Chris Parker will close tax loopholes

Although not a well-known elected body, the Board of Equalization plays an important role in the lives of all Californians. Think of the Board as California’s “Tax Court.” Wh ...