Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang told an audience that implementing the split roll property tax increase proposal headed for the 2020 ballot would put a strain on his office.
The split roll would require property assessments on many commercial properties every one to three years. Prang said he currently doesn’t have the staff or resources to do the job in Los Angeles County.
Prang sketched out some details his office faces if the measure passes:
An initial $130 million increase in his budget and an on-going $80 million increase every year.
An assessor’s office staff increase of more than a third. The office has 1400 employees now and would need an additional 500-plus to make the split roll work.
It takes five years to train appraisers to properly assess commercial property, as opposed to the two years needed for training of residential property appraisers.
A dramatic increase in assessment appeals.