CSAC Bulletin Article

BOE Considers Guidance for Remote Assessment Appeals Hearings

November 20, 2020

This week, the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) met to discuss findings from the County Boards of Equalization/Assessment Appeals Boards Collaborative Workgroup. The workgroup, comprised of specialists representing taxpayers, county assessors, clerks of assessment appeals boards, and county counsels, was established earlier this year to examine the most pressing local assessment issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal of the workgroup is to find consensus around best practices and guidelines for these issues, including remote hearings. AB 107, which passed earlier this year, extends the deadline for assessment appeals hearings and makes it clear that Assessment Appeals Boards may conduct hearings remotely.

At the meeting, the Board and workgroup discussed a number of issues such as the timeline for submission of evidence, technical steps to ensure audio/visual continuity and equal access, and the protection of the rights of all parties. With some mostly minor amendments, nearly all of the issues outlined in the memorandum to the Board were adopted by consensus. Outstanding issues will be revisited at future meetings.

All adopted guidelines will be issued in a Letter to Assessors upon language finalization by BOE staff. Outstanding topics will be revisited at the Board’s December and January meetings.

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