Last Friday, at the RCRC Board of Directors meeting in El Dorado County, Alpine County Supervisor Ron Hames was recognized for his efforts in the creation and passage of Senate Bill 447 (Nielsen) related to Assessment Appeals Boards.  SB 447 authorizes two or more counties to create Assessment Appeals Boards to hear taxpayer appeals.

SB 447 will help low-population counties to maximize the use of assessment appeals boards given the complex nature of developing the county’s property tax roll.  Many low-population counties appeals through the local Board of Equalization (comprised of the Board of Supervisors) because there are not enough residents that can be eligible to serve on an assessment appeals board.

Supervisor Hanes was instrumental in the crafting and lobbying of SB 447, and his efforts ultimately resulted in the successful passage of the legislation.  Paul A. Smith, RCRC Vice President of Governmental Affairs, presented Supervisor Hanes with a plaque to memorialize his endeavor, complete with the pen that Governor Brown used to sign the legislation into law.