A major big-box retailer that sued Rankin County, Mississippi, for a 50 percent cut in its property taxes has given up its battle in court. Rankin County has announced that lawsuits filed by Walmart and Sam’s Club against the county tax assessor and board of supervisors have been dismissed with prejudice in favor of the county.
   “By resisting pressure brought by big-box retailers, Rankin County citizens are protected against an unfair shifting of tax burdens onto our local businesses,” Tax Assessor John Sullivan said. “Let this be a signal to other big-box retailers ... Rankin County will not fold to pressure.” Read more
  New York City and Chicago are home to some of the most vulnerable housing markets in the U.S. Of the 50 most at-risk counties across the country, those two metropolitan areas each had eight, while there were seven throughout California in the final three months of 2021, according to real estate data firm Attom Data Solutions. The Philadelphia area and Delaware also had a cluster of vulnerable counties, Attom said. Read more
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   Election duties for Marion County, Texas, have been transferred from the county clerk’s office to the county tax assessor-collector. The action was approved recently by the county commissioners court as an effort to consolidate all services, Marion County Judge Leward LaFleur said. Read more
IAAO meets with industry groups in Washington, DC
   IAAO representatives met with people from five Washington, D.C., organizations during a two-day group of meetings Jan. 10-11 to go over areas of common interests and to discuss possible future mutual opportunities.
   Members of the IAAO Executive Committee and the IAAO team took part in meetings with senior leadership of the National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, National Association of Towns and Townships, The Appraisal Foundation, and the World Bank.
   IAAO President Wade Patterson; President-Elect Pat Alesandrini, CAE, RES; Vice President Rebecca Malmquist, CAE; and Executive Director Debra McGuire, MBA, IOM, CAE, met with officials, including National Association of Counties CEO/Executive Director Matthew Chase; Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities; Jennifer Imo and David Hoover of the National Association of Towns and Townships; The Appraisal Foundation President David S. Bunton; and virtually with World Bank Lead Economist Klaus Deininger and Senior Land Governance Specialist Thea Hilhorst.
2022 in-person IEW set for Kansas City
   Applications are being accepting for anyone interested in becoming an IAAO instructor. The IAAO Professional Development Department, along with the IAAO Education Committee, is offering the Instructor Evaluation Workshop including auditions June 16-18 at the IAAO headquarters in Kansas City. Accommodations will be a short walking distance to the headquarters building.
   Those who pass the audition will be considered a junior instructor and will be able to teach in the live classroom. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. Spots are limited, so apply now by clicking this link. Registration ends April 8.
GIS/Val Tech Conference early deadline registration ends Monday
   The early bird registration deadline is Jan. 24 for the 25th Annual GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, March 27-30, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel in New Orleans. Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri, an international supplier of GIS software, will be the opening keynote speaker. Other keynotes include a presentation by John C. Finn, Ph.D., of Christopher Newport University, on "Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century," and a presentation by Water Wise Gulf South on ways to advance green infrastructure.
   For more than 25 years, the GIS/Val Tech conference has been the favorite annual event for assessors and the GIS professionals who use technology to make property assessment and tax administration more accurate and efficient. Optional workshops will provide deep dives into a number of important topics. Registration is available on the conference site. The full schedule is at https://gisvaltech2022.sched.com/.
Annual conference presentation submission deadline is Jan. 31
   Interested in presenting at the 2022 IAAO Annual Conference in Boston? The Call for Presentations submission deadline is Jan. 31. Anyone interested should submit presentation ideas as soon as possible. Registration discounts of up to $200 may be available to presenters. See the presentation information page on the IAAO site for more information.
Conference registration to open in April
   Registration for the 2022 IAAO Annual Conference will open in April. The conference is set for Aug. 28-31 at the Sheraton Boston and Hynes Convention Center. The headquarters hotel for the conference will be the Sheraton Boston Hotel and room rates will be $199 for single/double occupancy; $229 triple; and $259 quad. A link to the IAAO room block will open in the spring.
   The early bird registration fee is $730 for members and $925 for nonmembers and will be available through Friday, July 15.
   After July 15, rates increase to the regular rate of $900 for members and $1,150 for nonmembers, until Friday, Aug. 12. After Aug. 12, fees raise to the onsite rate of $1,125 for members and $1,350 for nonmembers.

IAAO joins other valuation groups for DEI webinars

   IAAO and other industry groups are offering a webinar on “Revealing Relevance for the Appraiser Profession,” which will air from 1 to 4 p.m. Eastern on Monday, Jan. 31. Presenting experts David Doering, ASA, IFA; Robbie Wilson, ASA, RA, SRA; Scott Reuter, and Danny Wiley, SRA, will discuss details of a Freddie Mac study, including questions/points from the research and what appraisers can do in light of the research findings. Registration for the webinar is available here.
Mobile, cloud-based platforms focus of Friday webinar with Data Cloud Solutions
   IAAO Conference partner Data Cloud Solutions, a Woolpert Company, is offering an online seminar at 1 p.m. Eastern on Friday, Jan. 21, on “How Mobile and Cloud-Based Platforms Increase Accessibility, Adaptability, and Productivity for Field and Office Staff.” Register here.
Tyler offers Jan. 28 online seminar on resident access, transparency
   Tyler Technologies, an IAAO Conference partner, will be offering a webinar on “Citizen Access and Transparency” at 2 p.m. Eastern on Friday, Jan. 28. Find out how constituents, businesses, agencies, and community organizations can benefit from easy access to high-interest property assessment data online. Register here.
Hot topic: Handling nursing home appeals
   IAAO Connect members are talking about discovery for appeals concerning assisted living and skilled care properties. Read more

RICS study urges UK property valuation reforms

   The UK property market needs stronger oversight and stricter rules governing property valuation in order to bolster trust in the process, a review has recommended. The review was commissioned by the Standards and Regulation Board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Recommendations include the introduction of a valuation compliance officer role for RICS-regulated firms undertaking valuation, the creation of a dedicated valuation panel and further guidance on the culture within this sector and the behavior expected of valuation professionals. Read more
   Just because property assessment is way up, it doesn’t mean property taxes will grow proportionately. View Royal Mayor David Screech has seen this common misconception a lot on social media the past few days, following the release of the BC Assessment Authority’s property valuations for 2022.
   “I don’t remember seeing assessment rates grow by 25 to 30 per cent, so that’ll be why people are so concerned,” he said. “The average price passed $1 million; that fact alone creates some concern and angst in people.” Read more
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