Local Government FAQs
- The property owner did not submit evidence by the deadline to exchange exhibits, but brought new evidence to the hearing. How does PAAB handle this situation?
- My jurisdiction is changing or has changed assessors. What do I need to do?
- Do I need to complete a Hearing Scheduling and Discovery Plan?
- Who should initiate the completion of the hearing scheduling and discovery plan?
- How do I complete the hearing scheduling and discovery plan?
The property owner did not submit evidence by the deadline to exchange exhibits, but brought new evidence to the hearing. How does PAAB handle this situation?
If a property owner brings evidence to the hearing that has not previously been provided to the Board of Review pursuant to the PAAB rules, the Board of Review is first given an opportunity to review the evidence and, if desired, make an objection to its admission. After hearing arguments on the admissibility of the new evidence, PAAB will make a ruling and either admit or exclude the evidence.
If there has been a change in assessor, follow the instructions included in the PAAB Process When Assessors Change document.
If the property appealed is classified commercial, industrial, or multiresidental and assessed at $2 million or more, the parties must file a hearing scheduling and discovery plan (Plan) within 60 days of filing the Notice of Appeal. In other cases, PAAB may specifically order the parties to complete a Plan. Failure to complete the Plan may ultimately result in dismissal of the appeal.
Either party can initiate the completion of the hearing scheduling and discovery plan. Because failure to complete and file the Plan may result in dismissal of the appeal, it is ultimately the duty of the appellant to ensure it is completed and filed.
Download the form available here. Contact the opposing party or their representative. Discuss any discovery issues you anticipate, including designation of experts and service of expert reports. Confer with PAAB's hearing calendar at https://paab.iowa.gov/events and find a date/time on which the parties and PAAB are available. Complete the downloaded form and file it with PAAB. PAAB will notify you if there is a problem with the selected hearing date. If not, PAAB will put the hearing on its calendar and approve the HSDP.
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