Six years and $11.25 million of tax relief later, a 2016 legal settlement between Princeton University and the town residents expires at the end of this year and local citizens may revisit an agreement resulting from a lawsuit claiming that the royalties and other revenue generated by work at a lab on campus made the building part of a for-profit endeavor and the university, therefore, should have to pay property taxes on that building, along with 18 other facilities that the lawsuit identified as sites of commercial research and money-making operations. Read more
   This week Zillow finally stopped revising its 12-month outlook downward. Over the coming 12 months, Zillow now expects U.S. home values to rise 1.4%, however, through the final three months of 2022, Zillow expects the home price correction to continue in Western housing markets, albeit at a milder pace. Read more
Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro to accept crypto-payments for property taxes
   The city of Rio de Janeiro is seeking crypto firms to operate its tax property seasoning in 2023, according to a decree published on Oct. 11. The move makes Rio the first Brazilian city to accept digital assets as payment for taxes.  It is expected that taxpayers will be able to pay with more than one crypto asset and that other types of taxes will be enabled in the future, the city stated. Read more
Oct. 28 webinar - Engaging with legislative partners
   Great ideas sometimes take legislative change and the IAAO webinar on Friday, Oct. 28 will focus on working with legislative partners. Learn how to create relationships with state lawmakers and move an agenda through the legislative process. Takeaways include how to grow your credibility with state representatives and ways to communicate complex subjects to non-industry leaders to achieve legislative success.
   Dorothy Jacks, AAS, CFA, and Mike Twitty, MAI, CFA, will present the online seminar which is eligible for 1 CE credit. Register here for the online seminar, set for noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. The cost is $55 for members and $110 for nonmembers.
   Effective conflict management is an essential skill for leaders and employees alike and can provide a path to a smoother workplace that lowers stress and lead to better decision making.GettingAlong_Final_2343879.png
  “Getting Along: Navigating Conflict in the Workplace” will be the focus of a one-day virtual workshop on Nov. 1. The workshop, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central, is $195 for members and $275 for nonmembers.
    Amy Gallo, a conflict, communication, and workplace dynamics expert will lead the workshop. She has taught principles that help participants develop the skills and confidence needed to improve all their relationships.
    Workshop registration includes a free copy of Gallo’s new book, “Getting Along.” In the book, Gallo identifies types of difficult coworkers and draws on the latest research to explain what’s often behind their behavior and shares strategies tailored to dealing constructively with each of them. Register here.
  The GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, sponsored by URISA and IAAO, will take place April 3-6 in Las Vegas and proposals for workshops, presentations, and keynote are being accepted through Friday, Dec. 9. Additional program details and conference registration information will be announced in December.
   Conference workshops are scheduled on Monday, April 3 and programs start on Tuesday. The Exhibit Hall will be open Tuesday and Wednesday, and the meeting closes at noon on Thursday, April 6. More information and suggested topics are available online at www.iaao.org/giscall23 or www.urisa.org/valtech.

IAAO elections are Nov. 1-15; add Intelliscan to your email safe senders list

   The Board of Director elections are Nov. 1-15, and IAAO Regular Members should have recently received an email from Intelliscan Inc., the vendor handling the balloting, noting that on Tuesday, Nov. 1, members will receive a ballot via email. Members may want to add Intelliscan to their “safe senders list” to ensure they see their ballot. Regular members who have not received a ballot by Wednesday, Nov. 2, should contact John Arbitell at johnarbitell@intelliscaninc.com or call 610-935-6176.
  Registration is underway for the IAAO Annual Legal Seminar on Dec. 1-2 in Austin, and the seminar will take place at The Austin Omni Downtown Hotel. Registrants can reserve rooms for $211 per night until Nov. 1, based on availability. More than 110 attendees have registered to hear from industry experts on legal topics of interest to members of the assessment and property tax industry. Complete session information on the seminar is available on the website. The regular registration rate is $600 for members and $840 for nonmembers until Nov. 18.  Read More
Membership renewals underway; pay online or return email invoice
   IAAO membership renewals for 2023 are underway and members can now pay online or use the invoice recently emailed to members whose dues are not billed to their firm. Membership dues increased by $15 for regular and associate members for 2023. The deadline for renewal is Dec. 31.
   The IAAO Board of Directors approved the increase in July, citing rising costs associated with the continued delivery of high-quality benefits for members.

How smart cities are tackling property tax evasion in India via GIS

   A few cities in India have been experimenting with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to collect property taxes and other operations like tracking down high net-worth individuals, identification of open parking spaces or garbage dumps, or identification of tree cover. Ever since cities turned towards self-assessed property tax systems, the municipalities have seen a considerable decrease in property taxes received. Read more
    In addition to state and local races, Florida voters heading to the polls next month will decide the fate of three proposed constitutional amendments. Amendment 3 would create an additional homestead property tax exemption for specified individuals deemed to be critical public service personnel. Such individuals would be entitled to an exemption of up to $50,000 of their property’s assessed value greater than $100,000. Read more
      Even in New York state’s far reaches, home prices appreciated at a rate not seen in more than a decade. Welcome to the pandemic influenced Adirondack housing bubble. As city dwellers, mostly downstate, found themselves sheltered in their cramped apartments in the work-from-home environment, they often sought refuge far from their former confines, many trekking to the tranquil setting of a home within the Blue Line. Read more
   An amendment on the ballot in Colorado would allow gold star spouses to claim a property tax break that exempts 50 percent of the first $200,000 of their home's value. The state estimates 490 gold star spouses could become eligible for the exemption if this amendment passes. Read more
Wyoming lawmakers seek to tackle soaring property taxes
   Wyoming has seen soaring property values that have become burdensome to taxpayers, but some lawmakers are eying options to provide relief. One legislative proposal would cap yearly property tax rates based on a home's original purchase price instead of assessing it every year, Wyoming Public Media reported. The property tax reforms will likely be considered when the legislature convenes in January. Read more
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GIS/Land Records Supervisor, Canyon County See more
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Commercial Appraiser, Osceola County Property Appraiser's Office See more
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Real Property Appraiser I, II, Or III), Clark County Assessor's Office  See more
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Leader, Valuation, City of Calgary See more
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Chief Appraiser, Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury See more
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