Plumas County Assessor Chuck Leonhardt is taking the helm as the president of the executive committee of the California Assessors’ Association. Leonhardt will be the first Plumas County assessor to hold the positon since the association’s formation in 1902.
The CAA brings together assessors from the 58 counties in the state to improve property tax assessment procedures, collaborate with lawmakers and improve assessment laws in the state.
Members of the CAA work on committees and Leonhardt chaired five committees over his 20-year tenure as the county assessor. He has also been on the executive committee for four years, which Leonhardt says is a requirement in order to be eligible for the presidency.
“It is quite an honor when you recognize the assessors I will be working with,” said Leonhardt.
Assessors from large counties like San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles will be chairing the committees or working as board officers while Leonhardt presides.
Leonhardt will be making frequent trips to Sacramento to coordinate meetings with the Board of Equalization and lawmakers. Input from the CAA executive committee influences decisions made about property tax laws, and Leonhardt will have an effect on the nature of that input.
As an assessor from a small county, he will have to keep abreast on the issues that other larger counties might face, commercial airport tax policies for example. Leonhardt will hold the presidency until Dec. 31, 2018.
“I am excited about the opportunity,” Leonhardt said. “I have had the chance to plan ahead for it. I consider it a great honor.”