A Georgia judge rejected an agreement that would have provided a huge property tax break to Rivian Automotive, clouding the upstart electric truck maker’s plans to build a plant east of Atlanta. The Irvine, California-based electric vehicle manufacturer announced last year that it would build the plant on a 2,000-acre site in Morgan and Walton counties about 45 miles east of Atlanta.
   It plans to produce up to 400,000 vehicles a year there. Rivian, which also has a plant in Normal, Illinois, had hoped to break ground as early as this summer and begin production in 2024.
   The property tax break was a key part of $1.2 billion in tax breaks and incentives that state and local officials offered for Rivian to build a plant in the Georgia. Read more
Who is buying all the houses in Clark County?
  As Clark County residents try to reconcile themselves to rapidly increasing rents and house prices, one possible villain has emerged in the popular imagination: corporate homebuyers.
   The notion of private investors buying available homes and pricing out local residents has even entered into the debate among congressional candidates, with one blaming prices on large international investors. Read more
  While more employees are going back into the office, usage rates in the U.S. are still half what they were before the pandemic. Lower demand for offices could wipe $453 billion off their value in the coming years, according to a study from researchers at New York University and Columbia University. Read more

American Red Cross Hurricane Ian relief

   Help people affected by Hurricane Ian by donating to the Red Cross today. Your donation will make a difference in the lives of those affected by Hurricane Ian.

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 that will be emailed soon 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.
Dealing with conflict in workplace focus
of November workshop
    Gallo2_2246515.PNG“Getting Along: Navigating Conflict in the Workplace” will be the focus of a one-day virtual workshop on Nov. 1. The event will teach a deeper understanding of interpersonal dynamics, including gender and racial dynamics, while increasing awareness of personal communication styles.
  Amy Gallo, a conflict, communication, and workplace dynamics expert will lead the workshop. She is an author, editor, and co-host of Harvard Business Review’s “Women
at Work” podcast. The workshop, which will run from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central, is $195 for members and $275 for nonmembers. Workshop registration includes a free copy of Gallo’s new book.
   Be sure to register by Oct. 13 to in order to receive the book in time for the workshop.
October webinar: How to engage with legislative partners
   Great ideas sometimes take legislative change and the IAAO webinar on 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.

Register for Legal Seminar, Dec. 1-2 in Austin

   Registration is underway for the IAAO Annual Legal Seminar Dec. 1-2 in Austin, where attendees will hear from industry experts on legal topics of interest to members of the assessment and property tax industry. Additional information on the seminar is available on the website.
  Registration fees are $600 for members and $840 for nonmembers until Nov. 18. The seminar will take place at The Austin Omni Downtown Hotel, and registrants can reserve rooms for $211 per night until Nov. 1, based on availability.
Hot topic: Data collection
   IAAO Connect members are talking about data collection for commercial and industrial properties. Read more

Lee County, Florida, appraisers evaluating all properties after Hurricane Ian

   The Lee County, Florida, Property Appraiser’s office will be evaluating all the county’s 550,000 properties, getting assessments on the damage and redetermining the values during the next couple of months following Wednesday’s destruction wrought by Hurricane Ian. Residents could help streamline this process by submitting their own information, Lee County Property Appraiser Matt Caldwell said. Read more

Dublin leaders reject call to increase property tax

   Dublin city homeowners will face no change to their property tax bills next year, despite warnings from council chief executive Owen Keegan of a €46-€50 million hole in the authority’s finances.
  Keegan had asked councillors to increase the amount of local property tax (LPT) Dublin city homeowners pay by 30% to plug a funding gap of up to €50 million which he said was due to increasing demands for services, pay inflation, energy and general inflation, and “the primary objective of continuing with the current level of service provision.” Read more

Allegheny County assessment appeal hearings halted over court litigation

  The board that oversees Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, assessment appeals has stopped scheduling hearings this year in the wake of litigation over the number that will be used to determine the value at which a property will be taxed. Read more
   Arizona veterans with disabilities have not been eligible for property tax exemptions for more than three decades. A proposal on November's ballot could change that. Proposition 130 would allow property tax exemptions for veterans with disabilities, people with total and permanent disabilities, widows, and widowers, regardless of when they became Arizona residents, though only one exemption would be allowed per person. Read more

Due diligence or ‘colossal’ waste of time? Tax status disputes continue in Meriden

  Frank Kogut’s five acres of property on Hillcrest Terrace Extension in Meriden, Connecticut, was once part of a 20-acre farm he shared with his two brothers. After subdividing, Kogut kept the land for growing greens to convert to mulch he uses at Kogut Nursery. The land was designated as agricultural by a previous property tax assessor and had remained so since 2006. But last spring, Kogut learned he had lost his farm exemption and was being taxed at a significantly higher rate. Read more
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