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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
BETTY T. YEE
First District, San Francisco
450 N STREET, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
PO BOX 942879, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA 94279-0080
(916) 322-2270  FAX (916) 324-3984
www.boe.ca.gov
BILL LEONARD
Second District, Ontario/Sacramento
MICHELLE STEEL
Third District, Rolling Hills Estates
STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
450 N Street, Room 121, Sacramento
JOHN CHIANG
State Controller
STEVE SHEA
Acting Member
Fourth District, Los Angeles
PRELIMINARY RECORD OF BOARD ACTION
RAMON J. HIRSIG
Executive Director
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The following is a preliminary record of Board actions taken at the July 21, 2009 Board
Meeting. This is not an official record and is subject to correction or modification. The
official record of the Board’s actions is the minutes of the Board, which will be adopted
at a subsequent meeting.
The Board's decision reflects only the issues resolved by the Board at the meeting.
Issues resolved prior to the meeting are not reflected in this document.
If you would like specific information regarding items on this Preliminary Record of
Board Action, please telephone Rose Smith at (916) 323-9656 or e-mail:
[email protected] Please be advised that material containing confidential
taxpayer information cannot be publicly disclosed.
Board Meeting
A.
Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Assistance Hearings
There are no items for this matter.
B.
Corporate Franchise and Personal Income Tax Hearings
B1.a. John Hugo, 209495
B1.b. Linda S. Williams, 313247
DECISION
The Board dismissed Mr. Hugo’s
appeal for lack of jurisdiction; the
FTB grant of relief to Ms. Williams
is accordingly unchanged.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
B2.
Rochelle M. Dorfler, 306426
DECISION
Taxpayer’s appeal denied.
B3.
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Ajay Ranchhod, 449283
DECISION
Taxpayer’s appeal denied.
C.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
Frank Cutler, 400347 -- Appearance Waived
DECISION
Taxpayer’s appeal denied.
B4.
TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sales and Use Tax Appeals Hearing
C1. On Sports, Inc., 334978 (KH)
DECISION
The Board ordered that the petition
be submitted for decision, granting
the petitioner 30 days to file
supporting documents, the
Department 30 days to respond,
and the Appeals Division 30 days
thereafter to review the petitioner’s
supporting documents, the
Department’s response and
provide its recommendation to the
Board.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
D.
TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
Special Taxes Appeals Hearing
This item is scheduled for the afternoon session.
There are no items for the following matters:
E.
Property Tax Appeals Hearings
F.
Public Hearings
G.
Tax Program Nonappearance Matters – Consent
G1. Legal Appeals Matters
DECISION
Approved staff recommendations.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 Hearing Notice Sent – No Response
1. Chacko A. Thomas, 421109 (KH)
G2. Franchise and Income Tax Matters
DECISION
Approved staff recommendations.
No final determination on
sub-item 18.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 Decisions
1. Gracia AlexanderRares, 450430
2. David Altman, 442780
3. Amanda Andreasen, 441067
4. Wilmer P. Arias, 400110
5. Juan Perez Babauta, Sr., 423974
6. Tamatha Booker, 332377
7a. Pamela Brookwell, 330695
7b. Kenneth Brookwell, 330137
8. Robert R. Frunz, 439537
9. Bryan Hall, 378091
10. Luat T. Ly, 443343
11. Vielka Macia, 449285
12. Thomas B. McCleary and Jill E. Fallick, 374681
13. Marithza Barzey McFadden, 401100
14. Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc., 397618
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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
15. Jose P. Rimando, 422588
16. Guy E. Shannon, 439839
17. Henry Ting, 418000
 Petitions for Rehearing
18. Haik Arakelian and Alice Arakelian, 442173
19. Karl Eisenhammer, 429657
20. Carol Grant, 429678
21. Richard Grant, 429665
22. Christopher Gyorgy, 427533
23. Eldo Klingenberg, 427408
24. Marla D. Shannon, 424614
 Hearing Notices Sent – No Response
25. Brenda Galvin, 446061
26. Darla Kay Marsh, 462002
G3. Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Assistance Matters
DECISION
Approved staff recommendations.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 Decisions
1. Damecia Brown, 442782
2. David Centeno, 425545
3. Angela Dunlap, 432134
4. Joanne E. Hendershott, 426794
5. Alicia Hernandez, 424201
6. Eldon Douglas Hower, 422816
7. Debbie Jackson, 437797
8. Lan Nguyen, 423669
9. H. P. Orr, 426309
10. Pamela J. Rose, 470191
11. Sandra Royals, 422921
12. Florencio Silva, Jr., 427077
13. Theresa M. Ubben, 432800
14. Abdullahi Warsame, 437912
15. Suk Nam Yoon, 431584
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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
G4. Sales and Use Taxes Matters
DECISION
Approved staff recommendations.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes – except not
participating in sub-item 4
 Redeterminations
1. Primedia Specialty Group, Inc., 325642 (AS)
2. Luminenrtoic, Inc., 458984 (AC)
3. Spiniello Companies, 488402 (AP)
 Relief of Penalty/Interest
4. Canon Anelva Corporation, 487485 (GH)
 Denials of Claims for Refund
5. 7-Eleven, Inc., 308510 (FH)
6. Chassis Systems, Inc., 382281 (OH)
7. Ford Motor Credit Company, 245530 (OH)
8. Panta Systems, Inc., 459964 (GH)
9. Quest Sales and Services, Inc., 467966 (OH)
G5. Sales and Use Taxes Matters – Credits, Cancellations, and Refunds
DECISION
Approved staff recommendations.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 Credits and Cancellations
1. Angel Ivan San Jose, 221377 (AS)
2. Telco Food Products, Inc., 487695 (EH)
3. Effective Engineering, Inc., 485669 (AC)
4. Modulus Video, Inc., 486788 (GH)
5. Sikder Group, Inc. III, 486256 (AR)
6. Spiniello Companies, 463921 (AP)
 Refunds
7. Universal Film Exchanges, Inc., 479023 (AC)
8. Universal City Studios, Inc., 479020 (AC)
9. A. Daigger and Company, Inc., 469760 (OH)
10. Foster Poultry Farms, 440266 (KH)
11. Chiron Diagnostics Corp., 487731 (OH)
12. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, 485775 (KH)
13. Fortinet, Inc., 484724 (GH)
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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
Owens & Minor Distribution, Inc., 466863 (OH)
Touchstar Software Corporation, 474065 (OH)
Travis Credit Union, 450709 (JH)
Long Beach Acceptance Corporation, 478140 (EA)
A-L Financial Corporation, 477191 (EA)
Members 1st Credit Union, 473244 (KH)
Heritage Community Credit Union, 473374 (KH)
G6. Special Taxes Matters
There are no items for this matter.
G7. Special Taxes Matters – Credits, Cancellations, and Refunds
DECISION
Approved staff recommendation.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Not Participating
 Refund
1. Constellation Wines U.S., Inc., 401031 (ET) ‘CF’
There are no items for the following matters:
G8. Property Tax Matters
G9. Cigarette License Fee Matters
G10. Legal Appeals Property Tax Matters
H.
Tax Program Nonappearance Matters – Adjudicatory
H1. Legal Appeals Matters
 Hearing Notices Sent – No Response
1. Cheryl’s Fashion Art, Inc., 335122 (AC)
DECISION
Taxpayer’s petition denied.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
2.
Ibrahim A. Alarrabiyyat and Bassam Ahmed Quran, 362789 (EH)
DECISION
Taxpayers’ petition denied.
3.
TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Eric John Estelle, 342275, 342276 (GH)
DECISION
Taxpayer’s petitions denied.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
 Cases Heard But Not Decided
4. B & R Industries, Inc., 254513 (EA)
DECISION
Taxpayer’s petition granted.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 Petitions for Release of Seized Property
5. Kil Hwan Chang and Myong Jo Chang, 474045 (ET)
6. Yong Kun Kim and Ok Nyo Kim, 474047 (ET)
 Local Tax Reallocation Hearing
7. City of Compton, 469256
DECISION
Jurisdiction’s petition granted.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
H2. Franchise and Income Tax Matters
 Decision
1. John D. Bogdanoff and Janora G. Bogdanoff, 440634
DECISION
Taxpayers’ appeal denied.
The Board directed staff to send a
letter to the California Victim
Compensation and Government
Claims Board recommending
favorable consideration of the
request for relief filed by the
taxpayer.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 Petition for Rehearing
2. Vidco Express, Inc., 378528
H3. Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Assistance Matters
 Decision
1. James Cato, Jr., 426289
DECISION
Taxpayer’s appeal denied.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
H4. Sales and Use Taxes Matters
 Redetermination
1. Catherine S. Weinberger, 270408 (AP)
DECISION
Taxpayer’s petition granted.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
There are no items for the following matters:
H5. Sales and Use Taxes Matters – Credits, Cancellations, and Refunds
H6. Special Taxes Matters
H7. Special Taxes Matters – Credits, Cancellations, and Refunds
H8. Property Tax Matters
H9. Cigarette License Fee Matters
H10. Legal Appeals Property Tax Matters
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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
I.
TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
Tax Program Nonappearance Matters
I1.
Property Taxes Matters
 Unitary Escaped Assessment
1. Verizon California, Inc. (201) – ‘CF’
DECISION
Approved staff recommendation.
I2.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Not participating
Offers-in-Compromise Recommendations
DECISION
Approved staff recommendations.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Parvis P. Tousian
Frederik J. Nel
Ronald W. Stewart
Richard & Charlene Busch
C & J Vantage Leasing Co.
Yee Sook Kim
Bruce S. Coe & Glen Coe Pizza
Richard Austin
Chief Counsel Matters
J.
Rulemaking
J1. Adoption of Proposed Amendments to Sales and Use Tax Regulation 1620,
Interstate and Foreign Commerce
DECISION
Approved as recommended by
staff.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
There are no items for the following matters:
K.
Business Taxes
L.
Property Taxes
M.
Other Chief Counsel Matters
Administrative Session
N.
Consent Agenda
These items are scheduled for the afternoon session.
O.
Adoption of Board Committee Reports and Approval of Committee Actions
There are no items for this matter.
These items are scheduled for the afternoon session:
P.
Other Administrative Matters
Q.
Closed Session
C.
Sales and Use Tax Appeals Hearings
C2. Ocean Palace, Inc., 425058 (GH)
DECISION
The Board ordered a reaudit.
C3.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Krishna Devi, Nazar Ram, and Amar Singh, 341721 (CH)
DECISION
The Board ordered that the petition
be submitted for decision, granting
the petitioner 30 days to file
supporting documents, the
Department 30 days to respond,
and the Appeals Division 30 days
thereafter to review the petitioner’s
supporting documents, the
Department’s response and
provide its recommendation to the
Board.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
Local Tax Reallocation Hearing
C4. City of Sacramento, 472921
DECISION
Jurisdiction’s petition denied.
D.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Special Taxes Appeals Hearing--Seized Property Appeal Hearing
D1. Wafaa Abou Qassim, Inc., 484200 (ET)
DECISION
Taxpayer’s petition denied.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Administrative Session
N.
Consent Agenda
DECISION
Approved staff recommendations.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
N1. Retirement Resolutions
 Malene Evans
 Peter C. Gaffney
 Robert R. Geniella
 Kathryn A. Hernandez
 Kenneth Rumenapp
N2. Approval of Board Meeting Minutes
 April 15, 2009
 April 28 - 30, 2009
 May 27, 2009
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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
N3. Adoption of Property Tax Forms
 BOE-58-AH
Claim for Reassessment Exclusion for Transfer
Between Parent and Child
 BOE-58-G
Claim for Reassessment Exclusion for Transfer from
Grandparent to Grandchild
 BOE-67-A
Notice of Supplemental Assessment (Counties without
Section 1605(c) Provisions)
 BOE-260-B
Claim for Exemption from Property Taxes of Aircraft of
Historical Significance
 BOE-261-GNT 2009 Disabled Veterans’ Exemption Change of
Eligibility Report
 BOE-261-G
20___ Claim for Disabled Veterans’ Property Tax
Exemption
 BOE-263
Lessors’ Exemption Claim
 BOE-263-B
Lessees’ Exemption Claim
 BOE-267-A
20___ Claim for Welfare Exemption (Annual Filing)
 BOE-267-H
Claim for Welfare Exemption Supplemental Affidavit,
Housing-Elderly or Handicapped Families
 BOE-267-L
Welfare Exemption Supplemental Affidavit, HousingLower-Income Households
 BOE-267-L1
Welfare Exemption Supplemental Affidavit, Low-Income
Housing Property of Limited Partnership
 BOE-267-R
Welfare Exemption Supplemental Affidavit,
Rehabilitation-Living Quarters
 BOE-267-S
Religious Exemption
 BOE-268-A
Public School Exemption
 BOE-269-AH
Claim for Veterans’ Organization Exemption
 BOE-502-AH
Change of Ownership Statement, Real Property or
Manufactured Homes Subject to Local Property Taxes
 BOE-502-D
Change in Ownership Statement, Death of Real
Property Owner
Agricultural Property Statement for 2010
 BOE-571-A
 BOE-571-L
Business Property Statement for 2010
 BOE-576-D
2010 Vessel Property Statement
 BOE-577-A
20___ Airport Operations Report
 BOE-901-V
Application for Deduction for Vehicle’s License Fees
from Property Tax
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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
DECISION
Approved staff recommendation.
MEMBER
BOARD VOTE
Ms. Yee
Yes
Mr. Leonard
Yes
Ms. Steel
Yes
Mr. Shea
Yes
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel Yes
N4. Approval of Proposed Revisions to Compliance Policy and Procedures
Manual Chapter 1, General; Chapter 2, Registration; Chapter 3, Account
Maintenance and Chapter 7, Collections Chapters
N5. Approval of Proposed Revisions to Compliance Policy and Procedures
Manual Chapter 9, Miscellaneous
P.
Other Administrative Matters
P1. Executive Director’s Report
a. Request for time extensions from Alpine, Amador, Colusa, Inyo, Napa,
Plumas and San Benito Counties to complete and submit 2009-10
Local Assessment Roll, pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code
section 155
b. Registered Warrants
P2. Chief Counsel Report
There are no items for this matter.
P3. Deputy Director’s Report
a. Sales and Use Tax
There are no items for this matter.
b. Property and Special Taxes
1. Adoption of the 2009-10 Private Railroad Car Tax Rate –“CF”
DECISION
Approved staff recommendations.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Not participating
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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
2. Adoption of the 2009 Private Railroad Car Roll – “CF”
DECISION
Approved staff recommendations.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Not participating
3. Adoption of the 2009 State-Assessed Property Roll – “CF”
DECISION
Approved staff recommendations.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Not participating
c. Administration
1. Contracts Over $1 Million – This item is for Board approval
a. Department of Justice contract renewal that provides legal
services in the areas of employment law litigation
b. Department of Technology Services contract renewal that
provides multiple data processing services
DECISION
Approved as presented.
MEMBER
Ms. Yee
Mr. Leonard
Ms. Steel
Mr. Shea
Mr. Chiang/ Ms. Mandel
BOARD VOTE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
2. Facilities Update and Direction
a. Update on the on-going projects at 450 N Street
b. Update on site search
3. 2009/10 Budget Update, Furlough Plan and Layoffs
4. 2010/11 Budget Concepts - Possible Board action or direction
a. BOE Facilities Master Plan – requests resources to protect the
health and safety of employees by moving Headquarters and the
San Diego District staff to new facilities
b. Sales and Use Tax 1 Percent Rate Increase Ramp Down –
requests resources to ramp down the temporary 1 percent sales
and use tax rate increase
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STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009
c. Increase Revenue through Agricultural Inspection Station Tax
Leads – provides permanent funding to expand the current
successful pilot program
d. Continuation of Fuel Taxes Compliance and IFTA Leads –
provides funding for two successful limited-term Fuel Tax projects
that protect and enhance the tax base of the Transportation
Taxes Program
d. Technology Services
There are no items for this matter.
Q.
Closed Session
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