BOE Relocation Bill Sails off Assembly Floor
Legislation to relocate the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) from its troubled headquarters building at 450 N Street in Sacramento has passed off the Assembly floor with ample bipartisan support.
During Assemblymember Roger Dickinson’s floor speech, the author of Assembly Bill 1656 used a corroded waste-water pipe from the building to highlight why this BOE-sponsored legislation is critically needed. The bill provides the necessary authorization to relocate and consolidate Sacramento-area staff to one campus.
“I would like to thank Assemblymember Dickinson for championing this legislation for the health and welfare of our employees and for helping the taxpayers of California who are on the hook financially for a building in need of constant mitigation,” said BOE Chairman Jerome E. Horton. “This is one of the only high-rise buildings in America with permanent scaffolding surrounding it to protect employees and the pedestrian public.”
“Why should the state’s taxpayers continue shouldering the burden of paying for constant repairs on this building?” asked Board Vice Chair Michelle Steel. “It makes no sense to keep paying for this.”
The BOE has already spent roughly $60 million taxpayer dollars on building repairs and remediation. Total costs related to repairs and relocation during construction are estimated at approximately $115 million, which does not include lost employee productivity.
About 1,900 employees are working in the N Street headquarters building. There are approximately 750 other capital-based employees who work in satellite offices throughout the Sacramento area. This legislation would seek to consolidate all of these employees on one campus, increasing efficiency and productivity.