Intended Use Policy
Board of Tax Appeals recognizes that “external content”—content
that is provided by entities that are not part of government—may
be included in the publicly accessible web site operated by the
Board of Tax Appeals at http://bta.state.wa.us/.
The Board of Tax Appeals does not intend that its web site be an
open public forum, and external content on pages operated by us
will be permitted at the sole discretion of the Board.
This policy applies only to pages that are developed and maintained
by Board of Tax Appeals. This policy is not intended, and shall
not be construed, to prohibit external content that is:
- Required or authorized by law;
- Constitutes official government business;
- Furthers the specific purpose of a government organization's
web page; or
- On web pages not operated by Board of Tax Appeals.
It may be in the public interest to include:
- Links to resources that are provided by others on web sites
outside of the Board of Tax Appeals control; and
- Public acknowledgement of sponsors or other contributors of
resources to allow the Board of Tax Appeals to expand on-line
information and services.
- External content therefore includes, but is not limited to,
links and acknowledgements on pages operated by Board of Tax Appeals.
In exercising its discretion to allow external content on its web
site, the Board of Tax Appeals will be guided by the purpose of
the web site, which is as follows: Board of Tax Appeal's web site
is intended to support, as efficiently, conveniently, and cost effectively
as possible, and in a manner of presentation befitting government,
the following uses by citizens, businesses and public employees:
- Location of and access to useful public information provided
by public agencies or non-profit, non-partisan organizations
- Location of web sites provided by public agencies or non-profit,
- Location of public services
- Delivery of public services via the Internet
Board of Tax Appeals, at its sole discretion, will determine whether
external content meets these purposes. Generally, external content
that does not suit these purposes includes, but is not limited to,
content that contains, suggests, or infers any of the following:
- Advocacy of or opposition to any politically, environmentally,
or socially controversial subjects, issues, or candidates.
- Disparaging or promoting any person or class of people.
- External content not suitable for readers or viewers of all
ages, or links to or other promotion of businesses whose products
or services are not suitable for persons of all ages.
- Promoting or inciting illegal, violent, or socially undesirable
- Promotion or availability of alcohol or tobacco products.
- Promotion or availability of illegal drugs.
- Promotion or availability of adult or sexually oriented entertainment
- Promotion, opposition, or availability of weapons.
- Promotion, opposition, or availability of gambling.
- Claims of efficacy, suitability, desirability, or other non-objective
statements about businesses, products, or services.
- Content that infringes on any trademark, copyright, or patent
rights of another.
- Claims or representations in violation of advertising or consumer
- Content that a reasonable citizen may not consider appropriate
to maintain the dignity and decorum of Board of Tax Appeals.
Removal of Content
Board of Tax Appeals reserves the right, at its sole discretion,
to withdraw external content that otherwise meets its guidelines.
This discretion may be exercised if Board of Tax Appeals becomes
aware, receives claims or allegations, or has reason to inquire
whether, the content refers or links the viewer to content not on
our web site that is either in violation of any of the above listed
guidelines, except No. 10, or would be reasonably likely to offend
a reasonable citizen. Withdrawal of content on these bases will
be permitted whether or not Board of Tax Appeals is legally obligated
to act upon any information of which it is aware.