Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club members invited Board of Equalization representative George Runner as the keynote speaker at their meeting on Wednesday.
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Runner, whose BOE district runs from Riverside to the Oregon border, discussed the future of California’s business climate and how the state board can be used as a tool to help business owners.
“The mission of the State Board of Equalization is to serve the public through fair, effective and efficient tax administration,” says the BOE’s website.
Runner says, “He sees his role on the Board of Equalization as a taxpayer advocate and often reaches out to his constituents to make sure they know their rights as taxpayers.”
“The board helps taxpayers with appeals,” said Matt Denny, a member of the Rotary Club that was in attendance yesterday.
Runner used the example of a mining operation fine to show how the BOE can work to help California’s businesses.
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The miner was given a $1 million penalty from an auditor, and Board of Equalization members helped negotiate the fine down to $2,000.
“There’s something that all Rotary club members have in common: We take action. As community volunteers, we reach out to neighbors in need,” according to a statement on the group’s website. “We build, support and organize. We save lives. We work locally and globally.”
Source: Santa Clarita News