The county Board of Supervisors approved on Wednesday an ordinance banning property tax agents from making campaign contributions to the assessor or candidates for that office.

A separate ordinance that would require property tax agents to register with the county and disclose their clients and their contributions starting July 1 next year was referred back to the county counsel for review.

The board considered the changes to the county's Campaign Finance Ordinance after the incumbent assessor, John Noguez, was charged with accepting $185,000 in bribes and campaign contributions from a property tax agent, Ramin Salari.

Noguez is behind bars, awaiting trial.

Supervisor Don Knabe said banning property tax agents from contributing to the assessor would help prevent pay-to-play schemes.

"This process must be regulated and transparent so that the public can have absolute confidence in the integrity, impartiality and competence of the assessor's office," he said in an emailed statement.

Under the ordinance approved Tuesday, property tax agents are barred from contributing to any assessor or assessor candidate's campaigns, officeholder accounts and attorneys fees funds.

It also prevents any assessor and assessor candidate from soliciting and taking such donations.

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