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June 3, 2011 > Values set for utility properties for 2011-12

Values set for utility properties for 2011-12

Submitted By Anita Gore

The California State Board of Equalization (BOE), has established unitary values of privately-owned public utilities and railroads in California at $85.5 billion for FY 2011-12. Local governments will collect an estimated $947.3M in revenue (including penalties) over the next fiscal year based on these values which were set on by the BOE on May 24, 2011.

Total values were up $5.1 billion over those adopted by the Board last year and will generate approximately $63.5M in additional taxes for local governments than in the current fiscal year.

Values were set for 413 companies with property in California. They include telephone (long distance, local, and wireless), gas and electric companies, railroads and inter-county pipelines.

While most properties are assessed by county officials, privately-held public utilities are assessed by the BOE statewide. These properties are not subject to Proposition 13 and are reappraised annually at their market value.

A "unitary value" includes improvements, personal property and land. A unitary valuation applies to properties owned or used by public utilities and railroads and considered necessary to their operation.

The BOE determines the fair market value as of January 1 of each year by considering market conditions, use of the property, income generated by the property, replacement costs and investments in the property, regulatory climate, depreciation and other factors.

The values set by the BOE are used by county governments to levy local property taxes which help support county governments, cities, special districts and schools. Penalties are assessed for late or incomplete filings or failure to file with the BOE.

For more information on the BOE's State Assessed Properties Program, visit www.boe.ca.gov

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