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Assessors’ role clarified

In response to Nicholas Cravotta’s article dated Jan. 16 (Other Voices column, “Nice to see tax dollars at work”), I feel compelled to correct some statements and lend my own opinion.

First of all, the assessor does not collect taxes; the tax collector collects taxes.

Assessors of each county in California are required by State Constitution to locate and value all property within our boundaries, subject to our tax laws, period. There is no ability for the assessors to alter the constitutional requirement because an individual has a personal issue with the process.



Second, whether or not an organization is fortunate enough to qualify for an exemption from taxes, accurate record-keeping is a must, especially when dealing with donated funds. Record-keeping is equally important to protect and maintain the exempt status of an organization.

Third, and most important, your local tax dollars are at work in a positive way. Among other services offered by my staff, we assist organizations with the preparation of required state forms to ensure they are in compliance with California law. We are willing to meet with local taxpayers at the assessor’s office, or schedule a site visit if that is preferable.




Dale Flippin

Nevada County Assessor


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