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LA County Board Of Supervisors Suggest Tax Agents Be Required To Disclose Campaign Contributions

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Officials at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting proposed an ordinance that would require tax agents to register with L.A. County and disclose campaign contributions to county offices.

Implementing and enforcing the proposed registration and disclosure ordinance is estimated to cost $431,000 annually, but officials said that expense would be offset by a $250 registration fee to be paid annually by tax agents.

Following the arrest of Assessor John Noguez on corruption accusations, the board adopted an ordinance Nov. 13 that banned tax agents from making campaign contributions to the county assessor or candidates for that office.

Noguez has been accused, along with tax consultant Ramin Salari and principal assessor Mark McNeil, of slashing assessments for home owners who gave money to Noguez’s successful 2010 campaign for county assessor.

Noguez remains jailed on $1.16 million bail.

A public hearing on the proposed ordinance is scheduled for Feb. 26.

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