Board backs plan to move assessor ops to Menifee

RIVERSIDE – The Board of Supervisors Tuesday, May 2, approved Riverside County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder Peter Aldana’s request to begin searching for a building in which to consolidate staff currently working out of separate branches in Hemet and Temecula.

In a 4-0 without comment, the board authorized Aldana and Economic Development Agency officials to identify suitable confines, preferably in the city of Menifee, which is considered a central location for serving residents
in the southwest county region.

Aldana noted in documents posted to the board’s policy agenda that efficiencies were gleaned from the consolidation of assessor’s satellite offices in Palm Springs and Indio, which in 2013 were relocated to a single
complex on El Cerrito Road in Palm Desert.

According to EDA officials, the Hemet and Temecula offices are long overdue for remodeling. They say that instead of investing in rehabs, relocating operations to a new facility would be a better option, from a practical and financial standpoint.

Ideally, the new office complex would contain 13,500 square feet – enough to accommodate 55 assessor-clerk-recorder staff, as well as three employees from the Office of the Treasurer-Tax Collector.

The new building should also have a “large conference room and a large wedding ceremony room,” in addition to space for self-serve kiosks, according to the EDA, which is particularly interested in securing a location close to
area freeways.

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