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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
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Orange CountyCandidate for Assessor

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Claude Parrish

Orange County Assessor
358,634 votes (69%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • The new Taxpayer Advocate office will be expanded for more capabilities to help more taxpayers.
  • Further reducing the amount of appeals. Was 19,057, now only 6,620 to eliminate unnecessary stress and worry.
  • Continue to protect taxpayers privacy. No online confidential information available. We will continue to further secure taxpayers confidential data.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Since my first day in office I have strived to: help taxpayers, as well as creating a business friendly climate in our county.   I've changed the minimum tax bill here in Orange County from $20.00  ($2,000.00 taxable value) to $30.00, (which had not been updated since 1984), thus eliminating any tax due for amounts under $30.00, which saves the county slightly over $175,000 per year, as the cost to produce a tax bill is $36.67.  This Eliminated over 13,443 small tax bills in 2016 alone.   

 

As Orange County Assessor, my main goal is protecting taxpayer rights such as Propositions 13, 8, 60, 90 and all of the other Howard Jarvis protections, as well as the legitimate exemptions of property owners.  As promised during my campaign,  I have extended the appeal period from September 15th  to  November 30th.  In consideration for what most people expect,  the public counter doors are now open until 5 pm every business day. On August 11th 2015, my office also established the  "Orange County Office of Taxpayer Advocate."  

I also passed Senate Bill 624, signed by the Governor Jerry Brown on July 31, 2017. I was the sole sponsor, and Senator Galgiani was the sole author.  The result is, no liens issued by the Treasurer-Tax Collector under $200.  The money is not forgiven, but the damage caused by the lien is. In 2015 there were 45,331 liens filed in Orange County alone, of which over 29,000 were under $200. In the future this will aide individuals in their ability to obtain financing on the purchase or refinancing of their home. 

My concern was protecting taxpayers confidential information from identity thieves, stalkers and others.  Our website and system does not allow for you to search for personal information.  Our system is server-based, not cloud-based for enhanced security.  If you need tax bill information, the Treasurer-Tax Collector makes tax bills available online.

My promise was to be mindful about any possible waste, and every year the Assessor's Office has returned unused funds.  This year alone,  $1.9 million was returned once again. 

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