Proposed Bylaws changes, candidates on November ballot
Several changes to the IAAO Bylaws have been approved to be on the ballot in November, including: (1) a change to the Association’s mission, (2) updating the professional conduct rules, and (3) establishing the President-Elect as Treasurer in addition to serving as Chair of the Finance Committee. IAAO elections will take place Nov. 1-15, via email, and regular members will vote on candidates for President-Elect, Vice President, and Region representatives, along with whether to approve the proposed changes to the Bylaws. Associate members will vote only on the candidates for the Associate Board member. The proposed Bylaws are available to download in a clean version to review, along with a marked-up version showing highlighted additions and strikethroughs indicating removed text. The ballot will ask members to approve the revised document in its entirety. See following for downloads and more information.
IAAO releases diversity statement
The IAAO Board of Directors recently approved a diversity statement and announced it on Monday, Aug. 30 during the Opening Session at the IAAO Annual Conference in Chicago. Following is the statement:
IAAO is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a primary organizational core value. As a global community of diverse mass appraisal professionals, we can best fulfill our mission and vision by ensuring all individuals experience an equitable, inclusive IAAO environment. We incorporate DEI principles and practices into our goals of professional development, community engagement, communications and advocacy, and business innovation. To sustain this commitment, we implement meaningful metrics and measures. A diverse, equitable, and inclusive IAAO will continue to serve as a leader in making the assessment industry more reflective of the communities we serve.
Candidates certified for Board of Directors election
The IAAO Board of Directors approved the 2021 Nominating Committee report certifying the following candidates to be placed on the November ballot for consideration in the 2021 elections for service to begin Jan. 1, 2022.
• Pat Alesandrini, CAE, RES, Tampa, FL
• Lisa Hobart, CAE, PPS, FIAAO, Birmingham, MI
• Rebecca Malmquist, CAE, Minneapolis, MN
• Kara Endicott, CAE, RES, Olathe, KS
• Doug Warr, AAS, Norman, OK
• Greg Hutchinson, Howell, NJ
• Bobby T. Lee, AAS, Esq., Mount Juliet, TN
IAAO joins group promoting bill to defray costs on GPS interference
• Jason Camp, Ph.D., Mississippi State, MS
• Ryan Cavanah, CAE, Nashville, TN
• Daniel Fasteen, Ph.D., Minneapolis, MN
IAAO has joined a group of more than 100 organizations and companies endorsing the proposed non-partisan “RETAIN GPS and Satellite Communications Act” and the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO), which includes IAAO and URISA, also announced its support. The Senate bill, introduced by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, hopes to defray the costs of impact of interference on GPS devices used by assessors and others by a new, private wireless network owned by satellite communications company Ligado. A previous FCC order did not require Ligado to pay the costs of GPS interference their new network could cause to users of devices and applications.
IAAO working with TEGOVA on standards; Lisa Hobart named Reviewer for standards committee
The International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) recently announced it will be working with The European Group of Valuers’ Associations (TEGOVA) on standards and Automation Valuation Modeling. As part of the relationship, IAAO member Lisa Hobart, CAE, PPS, FIAAO, has been appointed to serve as Reviewer for the TEGOVA’s European Plant, Machinery & Equipment Valuation Standard. TEGOVA is on schedule to launch Europe’s first Plant, Machinery & Equipment Valuation Standards in the autumn 2022. Hobart, who recently began her work with the committee, will be attending the 2021 TEGOVA Conference in October along with IAAO President Greg McHenry and IAAO Executive Director Debra N. McGuire, MBA, IOM, CAE. McHenry will be speaking to the TEGOVA General Assembly on the topic of Automated Valuation Modeling. Read more
IAAO Statement on Fair and Equitable Assessments
Recent news reports have highlighted potential disparities, or regressivity, in low-income properties being overvalued during the assessment process. IAAO and its members are committed to providing fair and equitable property valuation assessments.
IAAO believes regressivity in assessment is a serious issue. Valuation disparity is an assessment, legislative, political, and educational issue. Property tax caps, credits and freezes may contribute to disparities in valuations. Therefore, all parties must work together to identify any issues that currently exist and to prevent disparities from occurring in the future.
IAAO promotes the following as cornerstones of providing fair and equitable property assessments:
- Appraising properties on a regular basis to determine Fair Market Value
- Following IAAO technical standards on assessment and office operations
- Allocating adequate resources to jurisdictions to carry out the assessing function in accordance with best practices
- Providing assessors and assessing staff with training and ongoing professional development
IAAO continues to develop additional tools to assist assessors, jurisdictions, and the public on fair and equitable assessment matters.
To better understand the assessment and appeals process, IAAO offers property owners a brochure, “Understanding your Assessment,” which can be accessed at www.iaao.org/UnderstandingAssessment.