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Schools, Local Communities Set To Receive $1.99 Billion

On Tuesday, May 25 the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) unanimously adopted the $126.8 billion in assessed property values of 341 companies within California, which include telephone, gas, and electric companies, independent power producers, regulated railroads, and intercounty pipelines. In the upcoming fiscal year, schools and local communities statewide will receive a total of approximately $1.99 billion in property tax revenue resulting from the Board exercising one of its core constitutional functions.

“The BOE’s critical role protects the tax dollars schools and local communities depend on every day,” said BOE Chairman Antonio Vazquez. “On behalf of the entire Board, I commend BOE staff for their expertise and hard work as today’s action translates to funding teachers, public safety officials, parks, and roads across California.”

Whereas most property in California is assessed by the 58 County Assessors, the BOE serves as the “59th assessor” by directly assessing certain public utilities, regulated railroads, and intercounty pipelines throughout the state. Also, since these properties are not subject to Proposition 13, the BOE annually determines the market value or the “unitary value” of property that includes improvements, personal property, and land. The BOE develops the fair market value by considering market conditions, use of and income generated by the property, replacement costs, investments in the property, regulatory climate, depreciation, and other factors as of the Jan. 1 lien date.

For fiscal year 2021-22, there was a 6.7 percent increase in the total value from last year in the amount of $7.9 billion which will generate approximately more than $124 million additional tax dollars. County governments will use the values set by the BOE to levy the local property taxes.

The entire list of assessed property values and more information on the State-Assessed Properties Program is available on the BOE website.

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.