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This is Keith Taylor

With over 35 years of experience working in the California property assessment field, Keith Taylor is an expert in property tax assessment. More importantly, he has the required experience leading the assessor’s office with fiscal responsibility and a steadfast commitment to ensure that all property is assessed accurately and all property owners are treated fairly and impartially. 

Keith's Story

Early Days

 

Keith Taylor’s family moved to the Conejo Valley when he was four years old. He attended elementary and middle school in Thousand Oaks and matriculated with the second graduating class from Westlake High School.

 

His high GPA helped him attend the University of California, Santa Barbara where he graduated with a business economics degree.

 

Property Assessment Career

 

After college Keith worked in the accounting field for several months before beginning his career with the Santa Barbara County Assessor’s Office. During 31 years working for the County of Santa Barbara, Keith rose through the ranks and developed an impressive knowledge base of all property types, including residential, industrial, commercial, personal property, and specialty properties like oil and gas, manufactured homes, and agriculture. In July 2013, Keith was promoted to Chief Deputy Assessor. During his tenure, he was instrumental helping property owners affected by the Thomas Fire and Montecito debris flow incident. 

Serving the People of Ventura County

In November 2018, Keith became the Ventura County Chief Deputy Assessor of Valuation. 

Even before the pandemic hit, Ventura County was plagued with a series of disasters, including the Thomas, Woolsey and Hill fires. Under Keith’s leadership, the Ventura County Assessor’s Office mobilized key staff members to proactively reach out to those affected. Keith was a critical link in organizing County resources to help property owners through the difficult recovery process and provide the appropriate property value relief they deserved. 

 

Technical Innovator

 

Some of his career accomplishments include involvement in developing several property tax databases. One of the initial programs he instituted allowed accurate calculations of assessments on business personal property. He helped in the development of the first e-filing system for business property statements in the state of California. As his career progressed, he was a program manager on a database that tracked and assessed agricultural properties in a government program called the Williamson Act. Currently he is involved in a brand-new property tax system that went live in October 2021 in Ventura County.

 

Certifications and Affiliations

 

Keith holds an Advanced Certified Property Tax Appraiser certificate from the California Board of Equalization and is a past 3-term President of the Southern Chapter of the Society of Auditor-Appraisers. He also is a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO). In addition, he has been a subject matter expert in developing several programs for property tax assessments.

 

Personal Life

 

Keith and his wife, Tanny, who is a registered nurse, live in Camarillo. When he finds a moment of spare time, Keith enjoys pickleball, golf, hiking, backpacking and biking.