County Board members in June will decide whether to return the ranks of the Board of Equalization of Real Estate Appeals to five members, down from seven who have heard cases in the past four years.

Board members on May 19 approved advertising the proposal for a public hearing next month.

The increased membership in the quasi-judicial body was expanded in 2011 after several years of record-setting numbers of appeals. The tide has subsided – the record 1,049 appeals in 2009 declined to less than half that figure in more recent years.

Cutting the size of the panel would result in some cost savings, as members of the Board of Equalization are paid $200 per meeting attended.

For property owners unhappy with their annual assessment, the Board of Equalization is one option to contest it. Property owners also can challenge the assessment in court.