Removal of Treasurer/Tax Collector's Name from Tax Collection Documents

DATE: September 29, 1998 
TO: Board of Supervisors 
SUBJECT: REMOVAL OF TREASURER/TAX COLLECTOR'S NAME FROM TAX COLLECTION DOCUMENTS

SUMMARY: 
Issue/Reference:
County taxpayers are currently instructed to make their annual property tax payments payable to the order of the specific Treasurer/Tax Collector in office. Approval of this Board letter will express the Board's support for the County Treasurer/Tax Collector to instruct taxpayers to make their payments to the County of San Diego instead of to the specific name of the Treasurer/Tax Collector.

Recommendation:
SUPERVISOR JACOB AND CHAIRMAN COX 
1. Adopt the attached resolution indicating the Board of Supervisors' support for current and future Treasurer/Tax Collectors to instruct taxpayers to make their tax payments payable to the County of San Diego.

2. Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to notify the Treasurer/Tax Collector of the Board of Supervisors' adoption of the attached resolution.

Fiscal Impact:
If approved, this request will result in no additional costs or staff years.

BACKGROUND
San Diego County taxpayers are currently instructed to make their tax payments payable to the order of the specific Treasurer/Tax Collector in office. Although there have been no instances of fraudulent activities taken by the current Treasurer/Tax Collector, the possibility of using government receipts for individual expenses exists under this current policy. It is also inappropriate to direct taxpayers to pay their tax bills to a temporary individual public officeholder instead of to a fixed government entity such as the County of San Diego.

Therefore, we ask you to support the attached resolution asking the current and future Treasurer/Tax Collectors to enact a policy which would allow taxpayers to submit their tax payments to the County of San Diego instead of to the individual Treasurer/Tax Collector in office at the time of their payment.

Respectfully Submitted,

DIANNE JACOB
Supervisor, Second District

GREG COX
Chairman