To estimate our survey response rate, we compared our respondents to the subpopulation of CFBF members growing fruits and nuts or vegetables and melons, who have operations with annual sales above $25,000.
The CFBF membership is not necessarily representative of all California growers, and as such our respondents should be conservatively interpreted as a convenience sample.
(5) The CFBF report contained a county-by-county tabulation of assessment rates for properties situated inside and outside municipal boundaries in the years 1926, 1928, 1930, 1932, and 1934.
Post-World War II population growth and industrial development created major public finance problems, which ultimately embroiled the CFBF in intercounty property tax issues.
Ellsworth reported on this legislation at the 1947 annual CFBF meeting, he cautioned Farm Bureau members "to be watchful to assure application of fair principles in the administration of this new law." Modifying legislation in 1949 also required the Board of Equalization to adjust public utility property assessment rates with local rates.
His dilemma impelled him "to bring the matter directly and forcefully" to the attention of the CFBF Board of Directors.
After 1948, the CFBF continually pressed the Legislature to pass laws requiring urban fringe property owners to pay taxes and fees according to the benefits they derived from county-provided services.
In May 1954, he outlined for CFBF officers a short-term variable rate method to achieve equalization over a period of years.
In November 1954, Ellsworth spoke before the State Association of County Assessors to ask that assessors "go rather slowly in adjusting assessments to a higher use value." He also hinted that the CFBF was then considering two legislative advocacy positions.
Ellsworth's remarks suggest that the CFBF might have pushed for a gross receipts tax to replace the property tax on agricultural land.
The CFBF emerged as their counter force and lobbied on behalf of both Allen's and Lindsay's bills.
The CFBF, for its part, was suspicious of, but not yet hardened against, zoning.