A proposal to find a new building for the California Board of Equalization has been forwarded by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson and will be heard before the Assembly appropriations committee tomorrow.

Assembly Bill 1656 would consolidate BOE workers and move them from the problem-plagued office tower at 450 N street.  

Under the bill, general services would be authorized to begin the process of acquiring a new site costing about $500 million with nearly one million square feet of space.

Built in 1993, the Board of Equalization headquarters has been troubled by construction defects.

An out-of-court settlement was reached in 2000 with the architect and builder because of falling window glass, malfunctioning elevators, mold and other water issues.

Taxpayers have already spent nearly $60 million on repairs to the building with another $60 million needed for future repairs.