GIS for Assessors Book

Have you heard about the upcoming GIS Book for Assessors? Did you know that we’re still searching for more authors to contribute? Before you decide that the IAAO, ESRI, URISA have plenty of highly qualified GIS experts to write this book, you should know that we’re also looking for contributions from all sizes of assessment offices to reflect a wide range of perspectives. This book is intended to benefit people across the entire GIS experience spectrum, including the occasional user in small and mid-sized offices.  

Being from a small 6 person office myself, I know how GIS use in a smaller jurisdictions can differ from larger metro jurisdictions. Those differences might include: How you use a GIS to value agricultural land? When there are limited amounts of sales, how do you use a GIS to achieve more accurate assessments? In what ways do you use a GIS to better educate your taxpayers and the general public?  

Are you one of the small to mid-sized office assessment professionals that has GIS knowledge to share with your peers?  The deadline to submit an article is only a few short weeks away. If this is something you’re considering, contact Project Manager Margie Cusack at cusack@iaao.org. Margie would be happy to explain the submission process in more detail or to answer any questions you have.

Dave Kubik
Dubuque, Iowa
IAAO Research Subcommittee member