|Assessment Appeals Board Reappointment
Could Cost Richmond, County, Millions More
October 13, 2009
County Supervisor Federal Glover has nominated E.R. (Bob) Brooks for re-appointment to the Contra Costa County Assessment Appeals Board. Brooks, whose term ran out on September 3, 2009, was one of the three-member panel that supported Chevron’s property tax appeal for years 2004 to 2006 that cost Contra Costa County taxpayers $12 million.
The board will next entertain an appeal for years 2007-2009 that could cost taxpayers as much as $50 million.
If you are concerned that Chevron-friendly Assessment Appeals Board members will continue to take money out of your pockets and give it back to Chevron, you should contact County supervisors right now to urge a “NO” vote on Brooks’ re-appointment.
See Chevron Prevails in Refinery Property Tax Appeal, September 4, 2009.
Brooks also has political aspirations. According to a story by Contra Costa Times Political Columnist Lisa Vorderbrueggen, Brooks “…is seriously exploring a run against Assessor Gus Kramer, a three-term incumbent who has suffered bad publicity this year.” Vorderbrueggen went on, “Brooks does have a potential campaign liability: As vice chairman of the Contra Costa Assessment Appeals Board, he helped write the board's recent decision that lowered Chevron's assessed valuation, which could force local public agencies and schools to cough up a $12 million property tax refund.”
Contact information for County supervisors is listed below, or you can simply press “reply to all” and send a message to all five supervisors opposing the re-appointment of Brooks.
651 Pine Street, Room 108A
Martinez, CA 94553
Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm
Phone: (925) 335-1046 (24 hour voicemail)
FAX: (925) 335-1076