Government Finance and Operations update 9/19/2014
State Controller’s Office Seeks Supervisors for Advisory Committee
The State Controller’s Office is seeking volunteers to serve on the Advisory Committee on County Tax Collecting Procedures. Currently, there are two vacancies for county supervisors.
The Committee is being formed pursuant to Government Code section 30302 and will provide consultation to the State Controller’s Office on tax levying and collecting procedures, as required by Governor Code section 30301. While these statutes have been in place for many years, the Committee has not formed for a variety of reasons. However, it is important that the Committee be established to provide proper guidance to tax collectors.
The State Controller’s Office indicates that they anticipate the Committee will meet in person or by teleconference quarterly in the first year, and twice per year starting with its second year of activity. The Committee will also include representation from county auditors, tax collectors, and assessors.
If you are interested in serving on the Committee, please contact Jean Kinney Hurst, CSAC Senior Legislative Representative, at 916/327-7500 ext. 515 or firstname.lastname@example.org. CSAC will forward information from interested candidates to the State Controller for appointment.
AB 2170 (Mullin) – Support
Chapter No. 386, Statutes of 2014
AB 2170, by Assembly Member Kevin Mullin, clarifies that joint powers authorities may exercise any power common to the contracting parties, including levying fees and taxes.
The law governing joint powers authorities has always allowed the contracting parties to exercise any common powers, as long as they are specified in the joint powers agreement; therefore, the statement that the bill is declaratory of existing law is important. This bill now clarifies current law so that there can be no doubt that this authority extends to the imposition of fees and taxes.
Joint powers authorities are an important part of California governance, and clarifying the law is an appropriate means to ensure a common understanding of joint powers authorities’ powers to levy fees or taxes.
The Governor signed AB 2170 yesterday, September 18.