The Chinese city of Xiamen is preparing for the launch of a pilot real estate tax as part of efforts to guard against major market fluctuations, in the latest sign China is moving closer to adopting the levy.
   Long-discussed reforms such as property and inheritance taxes to tackle a wealth gap are expected to gain momentum after President Xi Jinping called for China to achieve so-called common prosperity. Read more
   A Walmart tax abatement appeal was continued until April by the Board of Appeals on Jan. 24 after the megastore’s attorney and City Assessor Larry Gardner agreed on the details of the data Walmart will release to the city. Walmart appealed its 2021 tax bill last year but in September of 2021 refused to release sales and lease data that Gardner had requested.
   Walmart seeks to cut the assessed value of the Ellsworth store from $20.1 million to $10 million. At stake is as much as $180,000 in property tax for 2017 and each year forward, if the state appeal is successful, as the new assessment would be retroactive to fiscal year 2017. 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, 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 most 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.
IPTI, IAAO to present virtual symposium on Mass Appraisal Valuation; Program topics sought
   IAAO and the International Property Tax Institute will be working together to host a virtual 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
Deadline to apply for the 2022 IAAO Research Grant is Feb. 12
   The application deadline for the 2022 IAAO Research Grant Program is Feb. 12, and IAAO members, along with students and faculty, are eligible to submit proposals. The IAAO Research Grant Program, formerly the Academic Partnership Program, provides financial support for IAAO members, students, and faculty to complete research in areas related to property appraisal, assessment administration, and property tax policy. Funding for each approved project will be between $2,500 and $5,000, and grants are awarded for one year. Read more
Professional Development standard released for
30-day exposure
   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
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.
IAAO accepting applications for assessor position
   IAAO is now 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 a member 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

GIS/Val Tech Conference is March 27-30

   The 25th Annual GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, March 27-30, will be presented 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/.
Hot topic: Photography in the field
   IAAO Connect members are talking about the best cameras for use in the field. Read more

Detroit property values climb 30%, marking fifth straight year of growth, officials say

   The Montana Supreme Court has left a constitutional ballot issue in legal limbo, rejecting a plea from the group to intervene in a case where a county judge has issued a temporary restraining order halting signatures on a measure that would cap property taxes. Read more
   Commercial real estate appraisers are finding challenges assigning value to office properties due to massive uncertainty in the sector. According to Lucas Rotter, founder and CEO of Valcre, “The pandemic has created additional complexities for commercial appraisers assigning value to office assets as uncertainty exists in the market.” Destabilized occupancy and uncertainty around future office demand are at the heart of the challenges. Read more
   A bill introduced last week by Rep. Charlie Shepherd in the Idaho Legislature aims to restore property tax reduction benefits to some elderly and disabled Idahoans that are being booted from the circuit breaker program.
   Shepherd said his new bill is intended to fix a problem created last year when the Idaho Legislature passed House Bill 389 into law. That bill created a 125% median value limitation, which was expected to result in about 4,000 Idahoans no longer being eligible for the circuit breaker program in 2022, the Idaho Capital Sun previously reported. The state’s circuit breaker program was designed to reduce property taxes for elderly, disabled, or widowed taxpayers. Read more
  The push for casinos in Nebraska has continued into the new year. The rules were passed by the Racing and Gaming Commission in December 2021. Those rules are now waiting to be approved by the Attorney General and Governor’s office, but Nebraska Horsemen Chief Executive Officer, Lynne McNally expects this to happen sooner than later.
   She said Lincoln is expected to receive about $3.5 million a year from their racetrack after the gaming license is approved and Omaha $7 million a year. On top of the revenue expected from the casinos, the property tax relief fund is expected to receive about $100 million a year. Read more
  State lawmakers late last week advanced a package of bills aimed at reducing property taxes in New Jersey, taking the first step toward delivering on promises legislators on both sides of the aisle have been making in recent months to make the state more affordable. Read more
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