About David Boyer
I grew up on the Central Coast, outside of Salinas. I graduated from North Salinas High School in 1992 and attended UC Berkeley and where I earned a bachelor degree in Architecture. I moved to Templeton in 2005 and have lived here nearly 13 years. In 2008, I married my wife, Aurelie, who is French and a naturalized U.S. citizen. We have a three-year-old son, Mathis. Outside of work, I enjoy motorcycling on the many backroads of our county and Aurelie enjoys tending to her vegetable garden.
I am a California licensed Architect (C-34261) and California licensed General Building Contractor (B-860918) and certified Advanced Property Tax Appraiser.
My career began hand drafting for an architecture office in Carmel. I then moved to Palo Alto and worked for Square Three, another architecture office. From 2003 to 2005, I took a break from architecture to work for the Los Angeles based construction company, Quillin Construction. At Quillin, I worked as an assistant superintendent and, later, superintendent. This opportunity provided excellent leadership experience and the background I needed to become a licensed general contractor. I came to SLO County hoping to start a construction business of my own but, abandoned that pursuit when the real estate market crashed. I decided instead to focus entirely on drawing for the various other builders I had come to know.
In 2010, I joined the architecture office of DGM, Don Gary Miyamoto and began taking my architecture licensing exams (there are seven total). In 2012, as Aurelie and I were beginning to contemplate starting a family, I decided to seek out a county job that would offer better health care and more structured hours. I felt very fortunate to be hired by the Assessor’s Office and began December 26, 2012 as an Appraiser Trainee. I thoroughly enjoyed valuing property, learning property tax code, and assisting property owners. Serving the public, I discovered, was even more rewarding than clients. Over the five years I was there, I advanced to an Appraiser I and, then, Appraiser II, and eventually earned my certificate as an Advanced Property Tax Appraiser. Prior to making a final decision on whether to run for Assessor, I applied for and accepted the position of Building Inspector II, a promotion. I left the Assessor’s Office and began working for the Building Department in the middle of February.
My reward for volunteering has been the sense of attachment to the community and friends I have made. I have been actively involved for the past three years with a monthly Adopt-A-Highway group in SLO. We maintain a small North-bound section of Highway 1 between the back entrance to Cal Poly from Highland Drive to CMC. I joined this group as part of my membership in King David’s Lodge #209 in SLO where I am a Master Mason. Another lodge event I enjoy participating in, is our annual BBQ for students and parents at Hawthorne Elementary School in SLO. Aurelie, Mathis and I are family life members of the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum—a great place for children to explore and learn. I have also been a member of the Atascadero Optimist Club for the past four years and value their efforts to provide activities and scholarships to kids of various ages.
The Assessor’s Office determines the value of the property your property tax bills are based on. Property assessed by the Assessor includes real estate, business equipment, aircraft and boats, and more. The Assessor’s Office is also responsible for tracking ownership and maintaining Assessor maps. The role of the Assessor is to be the taxpayers’ representative in the office, tasked with ensuring that taxpayers are well-served both in terms of issues related to their assessments and also that the office is well-managed on their behalf. Managing the office well means ensuring the work of the office is performed accurately and in a timely fashion, within a budget mindful of taxpayers, and that taxpayers are treated fairly and respectfully.
As Assessor, I will be dedicated to my role as your elected representative in the office. When a property owner has a dispute over their property’s value, they have the right to appeal that value to the Appeal Board. Although, San Luis Obispo County has always had a low appeal rate, they still occur. And, when an owner files an appeal, the process can drag out. I pledge that the office will be more responsive to toward taxpayers, will work to find resolution sooner, and I will be personally involved in the appeal process to ensure taxpayers are treated fairly and I will be present at every appeal board hearing to ensure they are treated with respect. Out of the last 28 appeal board hearings, my opponent has attended only 4
First, getting the work done each year will be a top priority. The Assessor’s office has been unable to complete their annual workload for the past eight years. We are going to catch up. It is not impossible. It simply has not been a priority.
Second, I want to make staff training a greater priority. When it comes to income tax, you rely on a professional you can trust who knows the tax code and who does their best to represent your interests. My vision is for every staff member to be well trained, for the same purpose of representing you.
The third and final goal I would like to share is reining in the Assessor’s Office budget. The budget has grown 15% just since the recession ended. This is in addition to projects pursued and funded by the county wide automation fund which is still taxpayer money. While current leadership has pursued several costly projects, these efforts have drawn us away from what would be my first goal, completing the work on time.
What I Bring
As a licensed Architect, building contractor, and former business owner, I possess the experience of a professional tasked with identifying and resolving issues, of setting and meeting goals and leading a team–expertise I believe, when combined with five years of experience in the Assessor’s Office, provides the depth of experience needed to successfully take on the job.
I hope you will select me for this important role because I believe my knowledge of the office, passion for public service, and personal work ethic make me well-equipped to fulfill the demands of being Assessor.
I want to become the county’s next Assessor because there is a critical need for leadership in the office, now more than ever. Several of the office’s most senior staff members have either retired or are near retirement. Over the five years I worked there, the effect these retirements began to have on the office was apparent. Overseeing this as a generational hand-off between senior staff and newer members of the office is the most resourceful way of maintaining continuity in the office. I will make training a greater priority and intend to increase the part senior staff play in that process.
The most important issue facing the Assessor’s Office is its ability to serve taxpayers in the future. It’s an office in transition. In addition to the challenge faced by the office as it elevates a new generation of employees, there is also a transformation taking place in how the office goes about doing its work. I am referring to the office transitioning to a paperless workflow. Nearly every workflow process in place in the office today is deeply rooted in paper and this transition is going to fundamentally challenge the way we go about doing our jobs. Workflow processes which developed over several decades will need to be replaced within a few short years. While going paperless has the potential to be much better than what is currently in place, it must also be acknowledged that it has the potential to be worse. Knowing what’s at stake, I fully embrace the challenge and I am eager to lead the charge. Going paperless is the most important issue facing the office because of the impact these new workflow processes will have on the future performance and the level of service the Assessor’s Office is able to deliver. It is an exciting time and I am confident that by encouraging staff to work collaboratively, we will develop a sound system and a stronger team.