Minutes from March 3, 2015 Open Board Meeting-SB Assessor Bob Dutton

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Open Board of Directors Meeting

San Bernardino Community College District

114 S. Del Rosa Drive

San Bernardino, CA   92408



Present: Deborah Barmack, Carole Beswick, Tom Brickley, Matthew Buck, Ann Bryan, Mike Burrows, Ken Coate, Ron Fremont, Louis Goodwin, Scott Hofferber, Matthew Isaac, Jay Jimenez, Erik Johnson, Al Karnig, Lowell King, John Mirau, Bev Powell, John Prentice, Brian Reider, Susan Rice, Kristine Scott, Paul Shimoff, Steve von Rajcs, Phil Waller, Janet Weder and Ray Wolfe.


Guests: Robbie Broedow, Ed Lasak and Kathe Llywelyn


Announcements:  1)A luncheon for Inland Action’s newer members will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015.  The luncheon will be hosted by member Paul Shimoff.  2)  Inland Action members are invited to San Bernardino’s 2015 State of the City on Friday, March 6, 2015.  The event will be held at the San Bernardino International Airport Domestic Terminal, 105 South Leland Norton Way, San Bernardino.  The reception will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and the program will be from 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  3) At next week’s meeting Committee chairs will present their federal issues and the members present will decide the top  priorities


M/S/P:  Minutes from February 17, 2015.


Ann Bryan introduced Bob Dutton, Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk, San Bernardino County.


Bob Dutton, the Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk is committed to serve the citizens of San Bernardino County with efficiency and integrity. 


The County Assessor is an elected official and constitutional officer, who is charged by law with the responsibility of independent oversight and preparation of the annual local property assessments, from which property taxes are derived.  The Office of the Assessor locates, inventories, and sets values for all taxable property (including marine and aircraft) within San Bernardino County. 


The office of the Assessor has nine District Offices in the county and employs some 220 employees of which two are “at will”.   Typically his office conducts 300,000 appraisals annually.  Currently the most recent demand trend has been for 1 million sq. ft. plus buildings.


Using a common sense approach, he encourages the elimination of red tape and whenever possible, sides with the taxpayer.  His office does not collect taxes they only provide the assessment of property value.    

Bob Dutton has plans to initiate an outreach program to better educate businesses and the community about property assessment and exemptions and exclusions.   He discussed the impacts of both Proposition 13 and Proposition 8.  



The Recorder is responsible for the recordation and safeguarding of any document that is authorized or required by statute or court order to be recorded and for meeting the recording requirements of state statutes and local ordinances.  They function as the public repository of records such as deeds, judgments, liens, and notices which makes the Recorder’s office much like a library where information is kept permanently for certified copies and research purposes which is used to determine the history and ownership of a given piece of property.

The Recorder also maintains and issues certified copies of all vital records including births, deaths, and marriages that occurred in San Bernardino County.


The County Clerk is responsible for filing, registering, and issuing marriage licenses as well as licensing fictitious business names, process servers, unlawful detainer assistants, legal document assistants, professional photocopiers, powers of attorney. The office also issues bonds and oaths, certifications, and authentications. The County Clerk also performs marriage ceremonies. 


A taxpayer advocate, Bob Dutton brings his experience in real estate and as a state legislator.  He is both straight forward and accessible.


A Q & A period followed.


Meeting adjourned at 8:30a.m.