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File #: 18-1276    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 8/13/2018 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 1/29/2019 Final action: 1/29/2019
Title: Auditor-Controller recommending the Board adopt and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution 009-2019 permitting certain property tax refunds to be made without a refund claim being filed by the Taxpayer.
Attachments: 1. A - Prop Tax Refund SB-1246 JHarn Ltr 01-07-19, 2. B - Reso to Implement SB-1246 01-07-19, 3. Executed Resolution 009-2019
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Auditor-Controller recommending the Board adopt and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution 009-2019 permitting certain property tax refunds to be made without a refund claim being filed by the Taxpayer.
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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
Property tax refunds subject to R&T Code §4836 currently allow the refund to be made without a written claim being filed by the Taxpayer. However, until recently, certain other types of property tax refunds[1] required a written claim to be made by the Taxpayer first before the refund could be made.

SB-1246 (Senator Ted Gaines) recently passed providing that, with the approval of the Board of Supervisors via resolution or ordinance, certain additional types of property tax refunds (Items A-J[1]) may be made without requiring the Taxpayer to first file a written claim. Essentially, SB-1246 allows additional types of property tax refunds to follow the same existing process as those subject to §4836.

Allowing additional types of property tax refunds to follow the same process as §4836 is a win-win situation for the following reasons:

Higher Taxpayer satisfaction of governmental services since Taxpayers receive their money sooner without delays.
Eliminate extra layer of bureaucracy which requires signing a document to get a refund.
The Taxpayer has already been notified by the Assessor, State Board of Equalization, etc. that a change is being made.
Taxpayers and County eliminate the mailing costs associated with a refund claim. Currently the county mails a refund claim form to the Taxpayer to be signed/returned before a check is cut.
County becomes more efficient by eliminating a bifurcated process whereby some refunds have claims and others don’t.
County pays out less interest (the payout has a minimum rate of 3% versus the 1.15% that is earned, thus the county is currently paying out more than double the rate earned). County always has the option on any specific refund to require a claim to be filed (e.g. if there is c...

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