Statement for Litigants on COVID-19
June 17, 2020
On May 12, 2020 the Governor of Arizona issued Executive Order 2020-36 denoting the fact Arizona has entered Phase 1 of a three phase recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. On May 8, 2020, the Arizona Supreme Court issued Administrative Order 2020-75 implementing requirements to be followed by judicial courts during the three phase recovery. In light of the orders and policies contained in those two orders, and especially to protect the health of both members of the public who have pending administrative matters and the Board of Equalization staff and hearings conducted on or after June 17, 2020 shall be subject to the following:
(1) All hearings and conferences shall be conducted either by video conferencing or telephone unless otherwise ordered.
(2) A party to a hearing who can demonstrate an inability to present its case via video conference or telephone may, not later than 7 calendar days prior to the hearing date, request that the Board of Equalization set the matter for an in-person hearing.
(3) If the Board of Equalization grants the request for in-person hearing, the following standards shall be observed by anyone appearing in-person:
(a) Only one individual for a party, taxpayer, agent or attorney, shall be permitted to appear in-person. No witness for any party shall appear in-person. All witnesses shall appear at the proceeding only via video conference or telephone. The Assessor’s representative may elect to present from a remote location.
(b) Anyone attending a hearing in-person shall follow all applicable social distancing guidelines to ensure the safety of other hearing participants and Board of Equalization staff.
(c) Anyone attending a hearing in-person shall, at all times while on the premises of the Board of Equalization, wear a suitable face mask to minimize the risk of transmission of illness.
(4) Public access to hearings, which are open to the public, shall be by Google Meet only. A member of the public wishing to attend a hearing open to the public shall request from the Board of Equalization the dial in telephone number for the hearing.
covid-19 agency policy update / evidence for appeal hearings
May 15, 2020
This letter is to inform you of the temporary policy change to initiate a requirement for submission of evidence to the SBOE for appeal hearings. Arizona Revised Statutes states the SBOE decision shall be based on information presented at the hearing (see A.R.S. § 42-16161).
Due to the COVID-19 situation, the SBOE will conduct appeal hearings via video conferencing or by telephone. The Board asks that you provide any evidence you want considered at a forthcoming appeal hearing submitted to the SBOE at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled hearing date. This will aid the SBOE in ensuring each party is in possession of the evidence prior to the start of the appeal hearing. The petitioner and respondent is responsible for providing evidence to the opposing party prior to the scheduled hearing.
If you need more information regarding this change please see the below memo or call the SBOE, 602-364-1600.
COVID-19 INFORMATION AND AGENCY UPDATE
April 2, 2020
Due to COVID-19, the SBOE will conduct appeal hearings via video conferencing or telephone
The Arizona State Board of Equalization is committed to maintaining access to agency services while keeping petitioners, property owners, county assessor staff, board staff and the public safe during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are coordinating with state and county health departments and other governmental agencies to ensure we are consistent with their guidance in the appropriate response while fulfilling our statutory and constitutional obligations.
Until further notice, the Arizona State Board of Equalization will conduct all appeal hearings via web conferencing and the telephone.
All video conference and telephonic hearings will take place by utilizing Google Hangout Meets, an online tool to host meetings.
Approximately 3 business days prior to your scheduled hearing you will receive an email invitation which will include an internet link to join the scheduled hearing via computer as well as a telephone number should you wish to attend the hearing telephonically.
Attending the hearing via web conferencing:
Requires a computer with the following:
- Internet access using Google Chrome (preferred) internet browser or Mozilla®, Firefox®, Microsoft®, Edge® or Apple® Safari
- Web Camera (integrated or external, refer to your computer’s specifications)
- Speakers (integrated or external, refer to your computer’s specifications)
- Microphone (integrated or external, refer to your computer’s specifications)
Note: If speakers and/or microphone are not available, you may participate in the meeting telephonically by calling the telephone number provided in the notice and view the hearing using the computer with internet access using the Google Chrome or other browser.
Attending the hearing via telephone:
Joining the hearing by telephone does not require the use of a computer and therefore Google Chrome or other browser is not a concern for those using their telephone. At the scheduled hearing you may call the telephone number listed in the email invitation and when prompted enter the pin code listed in the email invitation.