The Pima County assessor is suing 30 businesses in Arizona Tax Court, a number of cases without recent precedent. The number of suits is also raising concerns among other county officials, one of whom questioned the ethics of filing so many.
Last year, Assessor Bill Staples was the plaintiff in three State Board of Equalization decisions appealed to the court, which is a part of Maricopa Superior Court and handles tax-related disputes, according to a Star review of online court records.
As of Wednesday, the current year’s total exceeds the total number of cases since 2007 and appears to be the largest number of such appeals filed by any Pima County assessor since at least the early 1990s. Staples filed nine cases — the second highest figure — in 2005, the year after he was first elected. The state board hears secondary appeals of property valuations in Pima and Maricopa counties.