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File #: 14-1176    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 8/19/2014 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 9/9/2014 Final action: 9/9/2014
Title: Treasurer-Tax Collector recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign a letter of affirmation supporting AB 2231 to support the reinstatement of the Senior Citizen's and Disabled Citizen's Property Tax Postponement program.
Attachments: 1. A - Letter of Support Property Tax Postponment 9-9-14, 2. Executed Letter (BOS 9-9-14)
Title
Treasurer-Tax Collector recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign a letter of affirmation supporting AB 2231 to support the reinstatement of the Senior Citizen's and Disabled Citizen's Property Tax Postponement program.
Body
Background
On February 20, 2009, the state of California prohibited the acceptance of applications for the Senior Citizen's and Disabled Citizen's Property Tax Postponement Program, and suspended the program.  The law provided claimants, meeting certain qualifications, to file a claim with the Controller to postpone the payment of ad valorem property taxes if income did not exceed specified amounts.  The law authorized the Controller, upon approval of the claim, to make payment directly to the entities, or to issue the claimant a certificate of eligibility that constituted a written promise of the state to pay the amount specified on the certificate.
 
AB 2231 removes the prohibition against filing claims for postponement effective July 1, 2015, with certain  modifications.  The Treasurer-Tax Collector is requesting the Board of Supervisors support the adoption of AB 2231 and execute a letter of support for presentation to the Appropriations Committee.
 
Reason for Recommendation
The program provides an opportunity for certain senior citizens and disabled citizens to postpone property tax payments and alleviate hardship.
 
Clerk of the Board Follow Up Actions
1)  Chair of the Board to sign letter of support.
2)  Clerk of the Board to provide the signed letter to the Treasurer-Tax Collector for mailing
 
Contact
C.L. Raffety, C.P.A.