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California state employee receives national lifetime achievement award

Lynn Bartolo (center) receives recognition for her award from Board of Equalization members (left to right) Deputy Controller Yvette Stowers, Diane Harkey, Chairman Jerome Horton, Fiona Ma and Vice Chair George Runner.
Lynn Bartolo (center) receives recognition for her award from Board of Equalization members (left to right) Deputy Controller Yvette Stowers, Diane Harkey, Chairman Jerome Horton, Fiona Ma and Vice Chair George Runner. Courtesy BOE

Lynn Bartolo, an acting deputy director at the Board of Equalization, has received national recognition for her work in tobacco tax administration and enforcement.

The Federation of Tax Administrators gave Bartolo its Charles Mills Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given in honor of a former director of the Petroleum, Alcohol, and Tobacco Bureau of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

Mills died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center while helping evacuate people in Tower 2. The tax administrators group created the award that year “to honor one of our own whom we hold in high esteem and to foster a higher profile for IFTA enforcement among our member jurisdictions,” according to federation’s website.

The nomination guidelines describes award winners as those who have “shown innovation, tenacity, and cooperation in his or her jurisdiction and, where possible, through multiple jurisdictions.”

Mills’ family received the first award in his honor. Since then, only five other tax officials nationwide have been recognized. Bartolo is the first from California. She has worked for the Board of Equalization for 36 years.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization collects $60 billion annually in taxes and fees, hears business-tax appeals and challenges to franchise and personal income tax decisions, and serves a role in the assessment and administration of property taxes.

Jon Ortiz: 916-321-1043, @TheStateWorker

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