How do I address concerns to the board?

The best way to address your concerns to the board is by either addressing the board during the Call to Public time offered at the beginning of Supervisor meetings or contacting your district's Supervisor.

Call to Public

There is no statutory requirement for a "call to the public"; it is a privilege, not a right, and given at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors. A "call to the public" is the time period for members of the public to address the Board of Supervisors on any item of concern or to provide public input relating to subject matter within the Board of Supervisors authority or jurisdiction. Two things you should know:

  1. Debate or dialogue with the Board is not allowed during Call to the Public. Pursuant to A.R.S. 38431.01, if it's not an agenda item, the Board response is limited to:  
    • Asking staff to study the matter  
    • Request placement on a future agenda  
    • Respond to criticism 

      These three responses must take place at the conclusion of the call to the public.
  2. Second, you have up to 3 minutes to address the Board. A warning system (card or light) may be used to time presentations. If you have several issues to address, it may be best to address one issue per meeting. If you attempt to discuss too much, you risk running out of time. As a general rule, it is best to write down and read your message to the Board on a single 8.5-inch by 11-inch page. This will help your message remain clear, on target, and within the given time.

Contacting Your District's Supervisor

An effective way to have your concern addressed by the Board is to get one of its members to advocate a cause on your behalf. Developing a relationship with your district's Supervisor is easy and important. Supervisors rely on public input to make informed decisions on behalf of their constituents. Use this map (PDF) to find out which Supervisor represents your district.

  • District 1 Supervisor
  • District 2 Supervisor
  • District 3 Supervisor
  • District 4 Supervisor
  • District 5 Supervisor

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