Amazon has been heavily expanding into areas that the government designates for special tax incentives, according to a new analysis that comes amid growing regulatory scrutiny of the e-commerce giant.
   The company has put delivery stations, fulfillment centers, and even an air hub in "opportunity zones," regions across the country where investors can qualify for capital gains tax breaks. The initiative was intended to incentivize investment in some of the most economically distressed regions of the country.
   But critics have raised concerns that such programs further enrich wealthy investors and corporations for projects that would have happened without government assistance. Read more
   Beanie Babies mogul Ty Warner, owner of Santa Barbara’s iconic Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, has appealed the assessment of the luxury hotel’s property value.
   In 2020, agents for the reclusive owner said the Biltmore was worth $52.9 million, while county assessors said it was worth $232.1 million. The following year, agents for the hotel’s ownership group insisted the property was worth $117.1 million, while the county assessor valued it at $234.3 million. Read more
GIS/Val Tech Conference hotel deadline is Feb. 22
   Tuesday, Feb. 22, is the deadline to reserve a room in the hotel block for the 25th Annual GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, which is March 27-30.   The conference will take place 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.
   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/.
Nominations accepted for IAAO Awards, Fellows
   IAAO is accepting nominations for its Awards Program and Fellows Program through May 1. The Awards Program boasts 17 categories recognizing individual and organizational achievements in several areas, including publications, technical expertise, and service to IAAO. Award winners and Fellow selections are recognized at the IAAO Annual Conference.
   The Awards Program is a highly visible event and all IAAO members and affiliated organizations are encouraged to submit nominations. Fellow nominees are brought forth by the IAAO membership each year and submitted during the awards nominations period. Read more  on the Fellows program, and also all IAAO awards
IPTI, IAAO to co-present symposium on Mass Appraisal Valuation; topics sought by Feb. 28
IAAO and the International Property Tax Institute will be working together to host an online symposium on mass appraisal valuation, “Applications and Challenges,” on June 22-23, and are seeking presenters to be included in the program.
   The submission deadline is Feb. 28 and appraisal, valuation and assessment practitioners, valuation/assessment agency managers, municipal representatives, policymakers, technology professionals, academics, and educators interested in sharing experiences and knowledge relative to property tax policy and valuations, including innovations, theory, application, management, and practices should apply. Symposium registration will open in the spring. Read more
Professional Development Standard comments
due by March 4
   IAAO’s Board of Directors recently approved a revised version of "Standard on Professional Development" for 30-day exposure to the membership.
   The revised draft standard covers basic guidelines for the professional development, education, and certification of assessing officers, including appraisers, assessment managers, tax policy administrators, mappers, and assessors; those who provide professional or technical assistance to assessing officers; those who supervise or review the work of assessing officers; and those who seek employment in assessment administration.
   Comments on the proposed standard should be sent no later than March 4 to Larry Clark (clark@iaao.org), IAAO Staff Liaison to the Research and Standards Committee. Read more
Annual Conference registration opens in April
   Registration for the 2022 IAAO Annual Conference will open in April. IAAO’s Annual Conference is set for Aug. 28-31 at the Sheraton Boston and Hynes Convention Center.
   IAAO Annual Conferences are the industry’s premiere event to learn best practices, emerging technology, trends, and to connect with others in the field. The 88th annual conference will offer a variety of education session presentation choices, roundtable talks, and panel discussions presented over the three days.
   The conference headquarters hotel in downtown Boston is in the historic Back Bay neighborhood and directly connected to the Hynes Convention Center. The hotel is within easy walking distance of many of the city's famous sights, including the iconic Fenway Park and the Museum of Fine Arts.
   The early-bird registration fee is $730 for members and $925 for nonmembers and will be available through Friday, July 15. Go to the conference page on the IAAO website for more details.
2022 in-person IEW set for June in 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 walk 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.

IAAO building donation campaign underway

   The new IAAO building donation campaign is undeway to update the IAAO Headquarters office in Kansas City.
   With every donation greater than $500 by a single individual, chapter or affiliate, jurisdiction, or company, the donor will be permanently commemorated at IAAO Headquarters with their name on a star, and receive a commemorative gift for their home or office.
★ Donations of $500-$999 receive a small star.
★ Donations of $1,000-2,499 receive a medium star.
★ Donations equal or greater than $2,500 receive a large star.
   Donations will help fund an updated and modernized meeting room with the technology needed to function in today’s global climate; and alignment with the newly approved Strategic Plan, which shifts resources for the Headquarters Team into functioning units including team “pods” and additional offices in spaces previously used for shipping and storage.
   IAAO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization so your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by the IRS.

IAAO accepting applications for assessor position

   IAAO is accepting applications for the newly created position of assessor. Focused on providing analysis of jurisdictions based on IAAO standards and best practices, IAAO seeks an initiative-taking, member/customer-centric leader who has a strong background on all things assessment administration and mass appraisal.
   The ideal candidate is a visionary with the ability to execute actionable plans that positively impact individuals and the industry. Innovative and creative, the ideal candidate should also possess high-level communication skills, along with demonstrable analytical and technical abilities, especially in assessment administration and mass appraisal. The assessor is part of the Business Innovation Team, reporting directly to the Senior Director, Business Innovation.
   This salaried, exempt position works within IAAO’s Business Innovation pillar in our Association’s newly approved strategic plan. Read more

Town challenges status of congressional candidate’s house as a tax-free parsonage

   A Morris County, New Jersey, town is challenging the tax-free status of congressional candidate Phil Rizzo’s house, which is classified as a parsonage. Rizzo sold his luxurious Harding Township house in 2017 to his small City Baptist Church in Hudson County, of which he was president and sole pastor.
   But Rizzo, who is running for U.S. Congress, announced that he was taking a leave of absence as pastor. His church, which operated out of a small storefront, has since closed. The five-bedroom, seven-bath house is on six secluded acres. Read more

Rescue Plan funding tracker distinguishes city, county budgeting priorities

   It’s been almost a year since President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law. At the time, the pandemic was forcing local governments to slash budgets to keep up with rapidly evolving crises — from struggling businesses to vaccination drives — and communities faced an uncertain future.
   The $1.9 trillion stimulus package, known as “ARPA,” set aside $350 billion exclusively for local governments. It featured spending flexibility that lent support to response measures and gave administrators an opportunity to look beyond the pandemic. Read more
What property tax changes are being considered

in Germany?

   With the change of leadership in Germany late last year, several changes to the ways properties are taxed are on the table, according to Roland Bomhard, a partner at the law firm Hogan Lovells International, who is based in Düsseldorf. These initiatives were outlined in the new government’s coalition agreement in January, and are expected to be rolled out over the next four years. Read more

Missouri bill would end reporting of property sales to counties, require permission for assessor inspections

   Rep. Bill Kidd, a Kansas City-area Republican, admitted his bill regulating county assessors and recorders of deeds needs refining, but its intentions remain constant. “I stirred up a little wasps nest here with some unintended consequences,” Kidd told the House Local Government Committee during a hearing on his bill.
   House Bill 2419 eliminates any requirement to provide a county recorder of deeds with the sale price for a deed, mortgage, conveyance, deed of trust, assignment, bond, covenant or defeasance. Read more

Report: Colorado property tax rates poised

to skyrocket in coming years

   Coloradans are facing massive property tax increases in the coming years due to a combination of the state's surging real estate market, the tax system's biennial assessment calendar, and the looming expiration of measures adopted to ease the shock of tax hikes, according to a study released last week by business coalition Colorado Concern. Read more
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