Equalization Board Meeting Set for Monday in Response to Oklahoma Supreme Court Order

Apr 18, 2020

Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

In response to an order from the Oklahoma Supreme Court, a budget board led by Gov. Kevin Stitt will meet Monday afternoon.

House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat asked the high court to weigh in on the dispute between them and Stitt. The lawmakers want the court to order the Board of Equalization, chaired by Stitt, to meet and declare a revenue failure.

Chief Justice Noma Gurich also set oral arguments in the case for Tuesday before a Supreme Court referee.

Stitt abruptly canceled a meeting of the board last week during a spat with lawmakers over funding for one of Stitt’s budget priorities to upgrade the state’s computer systems.

The Legislature last week approved a package of bills to fill a projected $416 million hole in the budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30. But one of the bills requires the declaration of a revenue failure by the board to access reserve funds.