Verizon has been trying since last Thursday to repair damaged cables that have left hundreds of Hillsborough County customers without phone service, including the county appraiser's office.
Henriquez is in a battle with Republican Ronda Storms in a race to succeed Rob Turner, who Storms defeated in the GOP primary last month.
Citing the stew of Hurricane Isaac, the RNC and the phone outage, Henriquez is requesting that the Florida Department of Revenue allow the Value Adjustment Board to delay its meeting scheduled for this Wednesday.
"It wouldn't affect the tax roll in any way, and it would allow citizens having trouble gaining access to the office to appeal their evaluation to be able to so," he told reporters at the County Center in Tampa.
When asked if he had spoken Rob Turner, Henriquez said he had not because, well, "their phones are down." He said he has been in communication with others in the office, and it indicates that technology improvements need to be made, a plank in his platform for his candidacy.
"In an office that's so important, you shouldn't have a single point of failure. And the fact that a back hoe could shut everything down was never really considered," he said, adding that communications through the office shouldn't be based on phones and faxes.
(Update) Ronda Storms was out attending 9/11 activities on Tuesday, but did respond to CL's request for comment Tuesday evening.
By e-mail she wrote that Henriquez' request "is premature since an extension under the rules must be specifically requested by the constituent. If an individual's right to appeal has been harmed by the phone outage then, yes, that constituent should state the harm and ask for an extension and it should be granted."