About the Clerk of the Board
The Board of Supervisors is the governing body of the County of Santa Barbara and various special districts. The Board of Supervisors consists of five members, each elected to a four year term representing five separate geographical districts. The Board is responsible for oversight of the activities of County agencies and Departments; for establishing policy; for consideration and approval of the County budget; for the conduct of public hearings on topics such as health care, planning and criminal justice as well as for appointments to various boards, commissions and committees. The Clerk of the Board provides administrative support to and serves as Clerk to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors.
The Clerk is also responsible for the management of the County Roster of appointed Boards, Commissions and Committees; for the acceptance of appeals of decisions of the Planning Commission, Planning Director or Zoning Administrator to the Board of Supervisors; Civil Claims against the County of Santa Barbara must be filed with the Clerk of the Board and the Clerk of the Board is responsible for the publication of the Santa Barbara County Code.
The Clerk of the Board Office provides functional support for the County Assessment Appeals Process. This process is initiated when a citizen files a "Property Tax Assessment Appeal" and involves the Taxpayer, The County Assessor and the County Assessment Appeals Board. Members of the Assessment Appeals Board are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. An "Assessment Appeal" is a challenge by a taxpayer of the value assigned to a property by the County Assessor.
It is the Constitutional duty of the County Assessor to assess the value of all properties in Santa Barbara County. As of March 1, 2000, the total assessed value translates into approximately 30 million in property tax to the County annually. In cases where a taxpayer objects to the assessed value of their property, they have the right to seek a review of that value. The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has delegated the authority to review assessed values to an appointed 5 member "Assessment Appeals Board" by Ordinance in 1973 (S.B. Co. Ordinance no. 2482).
The Clerk's role in Managing the Assessment Appeal process consists of the following function:
- Management of Assessment Appeal Process
- Providing Assistance to Taxpayers Regarding Assessment Appeal Process
- Acceptance of Assessment Appeal Application
- Review of Applications for Completeness
- Prepare and Complete Notice for Assessment Appeal Hearings
- Preparing the Assessment Appeal Hearing Calendar and Agenda
- Clerking and Taking Minutes of Assessment Appeal Hearings
- Preparing Minutes Orders and Notifying the Parties of Appeal Board Actions
For information regarding the Assessment Appeal Process, Hearing Schedules and Assessment Appeal Agendas or an Assessment Appeal Form, please contact Robert Cohen, Clerk of the Assessment Appeals Board at (805) 568-2248.
Assessment Appeal Forms and Publications:
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Assessment Appeal Form (.pdf form updated 4/11)
Assessment Appeal Form (MS Word .doc form updated 4/11)
How to File an Assessment Appeal
How to Prepare for an Assessment Appeal Hearing
Assessment Appeals Manual
Additional Assessment Appeals Links:
CA State Board of Equalization:
Santa Barbara County Assessors Office Web Page:
Land Use Appeals
Appeals of a decision of the Planning Commission, the Planning Director, the Zoning Administrator or the County Surveyor must be filed with the Clerk of the Board.
Appeals must be filed no later than ten (10) days following the date of the decision, along with the appropriate fees. Appeals are forwarded to staff of the affected department(s) which subsequently sets the item for a public hearing before the Board of Supervisors.
Appeal Form-From PC, ZA, Building Official or Director
Filing Claims Against the County of Santa Barbara
Claims against the County of Santa Barbara must be filed with the Clerk of the Board. Persons wishing to file a Claim against the County may fill out the Claim Form provided below, and submit the original + one copy in person or by mail. Claims may not be submitted via electronic mail or fax, as an original signature is required.