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Tax board buying $1.7M in furniture, equipment
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SACRAMENTO  (AP) — An embattled California tax-collecting agency is spending $1.7 million on furniture and equipment for a new Los Angeles County office.
The Sacramento Bee reported Monday the Board of Equalization will spend eight times what it originally planned to pay for furniture in a 2014 proposal for the move.
The board is moving 160 employees from an office in Norwalk to a new location in Cerritos. It plans to spend more than $160,000 for office chairs and more than $5,000 for trash cans and clocks, among other expenses for the new office, according to documents obtained by the Bee.
The agency is losing of most of its power and 4,300 employees after a March audit found it misallocated money and misused employees’ time. A bill Gov. Jerry Brown plans to sign will transfer most of the board’s functions, including its ability to resolve tax disputes, to new state agencies. The Department of Tax and Fee Administration will oversee the new Cerritos office, which is scheduled to open in September.