The threat of ransomware attacks on state and local agencies is as persistent as it is pernicious in 2022. In a cyberattack earlier this year, Bernalillo County in New Mexico had its computer systems disrupted by ransomware, and the United Government of Wyandotte County in Kansas was attacked last weekend.
   A recently released report, “The State of Ransomware in Government 2021,” called the scourge of ransomware a “national emergency.” Local governments were “far less successful at stopping the attacks” compared with other sectors, according to the report. Meanwhile, a recent national survey shows that fewer than half of state and local governments have a ransomware incident response plan. Read more 
  The National Association of Realtors is among a group of 18 companies and organizations, including IAAO, leading the charge against a recent court ruling in St. Louis that allows lawsuits to be brought against homeowners who use their own floor plan during the course of selling their house. The Eighth Circuit ruled in favor of the plaintiff, concluding that the defendants did in fact infringe upon their copyright when they created and published the floorplans without authorization. Read more

Registration open for 2022 Annual Conference
   Conference registration and hotel reservations for the 2022 IAAO Annual Conference, Aug. 28-31 in Boston, are now available. The IAAO Annual Conference is the premier platform to share successes, discover best practices, and learn the latest research in the field of property appraisal. Attendees can register online for the in-person and virtual component or download a paper registration form. Vision Government Solutions is the registration sponsor.
   The Annual Conference will take place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston and hotel rooms are available at the nearby Sheraton Boston. In-person attendees can earn up to 12 credit hours from the main conference and eight additional hours from pre-conference workshops. Virtual attendees will have 11 preselected credit hours available via the livestream. Read more
April webinar: How IAAO’s Gap Analysis led
to change in an assessor’s office
   Join IAAO for a free webinar at Noon Central on Friday, April 29, to learn about how the IAAO Gap Analysis process can help local jurisdictions.
   In 2019, the Cook County, Illinois, Assessor’s Office did something unprecedented in its recent history: It invited IAAO to conduct a practices-and-procedure gap analysis of its office. Through interviews with staff and access to the office, IAAO identified areas most in need of improvement.
   The resulting audit was publicly available and was the roadmap for Assessor Fritz Kaegi’s work in reforming the office. Three years later, the office has improved its technology, increased its hiring, and created more accurate and equitable assessments.
   This webinar will discuss how the gap analysis was conducted and how it was put into action. Register for webinar
May 1 is deadline for 2022 IAAO awards, Fellows
   May is the deadline for accepting nominations for the annual Awards and Fellows programs. 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. Submit your nominations here. Fellows nominees are brought forth by the IAAO membership each year.

Registration opens for online on Mass Appraisal Valuation symposium

   Registration is now open for the online symposium on Mass Appraisal Valuation presented by IAAO and the International Property Tax Institute. The virtual symposium, “Applications and Challenges,” will take place on June 22-23.
   Programming is focused on appraisal, valuation and assessment practitioners, valuation/assessment agency managers, municipal representatives, policymakers, technology professionals, academics, and educators interested in sharing experiences and knowledge about property tax policy and valuations, including innovations, theory, application, management, and practices. More information on the symposium and registration is available at www.iaao.org/MAVS
New Roll Call publication available for download
  The 2022 edition of the United States’ Roll Call is now available for download from the IAAO website. Roll Call provides members a valuable resource through updated links to assessor certification requirements for every state in the U.S.
   Included in the edition are the statutory language of every state’s certification requirements; the current features of both mandatory and voluntary certification programs, including whether exams or experience are required with coursework; and approved education course information. The United States’ Roll Call is an original reference guide periodically updated to help the valuation industry in promoting professional development globally. The Roll Call gives members quick links to vital educational information while providing comparative analyses to create benchmarks in educational requirements. Read more

NACo surveying impact of COVID on counties

  As the anniversary of the American Rescue Plan Act's (ARPA) passage approaches, the National Association of Counties (NACo), in collaboration with the Pew Charitable Trusts, is conducting a brief (10-minute) questionnaire to better understand the impacts of COVID-19 and the ARPA on county finances, as well as counties' perception of future fiscal challenges.
   NACo and Pew will use the information to analyze the state of county finances, develop appropriate technical assistance, and better understand county priorities. The responses collected will remain anonymous, with only county names being mentioned for specific examples. Responses will be aggregated for the majority of the analysis. Take the survey
Hot topic: Bonuses for IAAO designations
   IAAO Connect members are talking about whether or not their jurisdictions award bonuses or pay raises for employees who earn IAAO professional designations. Read more

Walmart adds $1.75 million to townships growing mountain of debt
   It's no secret that Lansing Township, Michigan, has been struggling financially for years. But now, in addition to the hundreds of millions of dollars of debt it already has, the township is on the hook for about $1.8 million to Walmart. Read more
Bill to put term limits on Louisiana tax assessors moves forward
   A proposed constitutional amendment to place term limits on parish tax assessors narrowly advanced this week in the Louisiana Legislature. The bill would limit tax assessors to 12 consecutive years or three consecutive terms in office, a proposal that would change the power dynamic of a political office where incumbents can easily spend decades. Despite pressure from the Louisiana Assessors Association, the House Ways and Means Committee advanced the legislation, sending it to the House floor where it will require a two-thirds supermajority to pass. Read more
Virginia governor signs solar property tax exemption into law
   Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed a bill into law last week that creates a property tax exemption for residential and mixed-use solar energy systems up to 25 kilowatts. Supporters say the law expands energy freedom for consumers and creates an additional incentive to do business in the Commonwealth. Read more
   It’s at least an $80 million problem. That’s how much money a late-2021 estimate says is sitting in escrow as corporate landowners in rural Oklahoma protest their assessed value — and therefore their ad valorem tax bill. The issue is hurting the state’s schools because they rely on locally based ad valorem taxes for their budgets. Mandy Snyder, Noble County Assessor, said the vast majority of property owners don’t protest and simply pay their bill and move on. But the big time property owners — primarily wind farms and oil and gas companies — have been protesting their valuations to try to lower their tabs. Read more
Judge tosses out claims against Kansas county in racetrack lawsuit
   A Shawnee County, Kansas, judge threw out a lawsuit that challenged how the county had appraised the value of Heartland Motorsports Park. Shawnee County District Court Judge Thomas Luedke granted the county’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed all 11 counts brought against the county by the owner of Heartland Park, Shelby Development LLC. Lawyers for the track’s owner claimed the County Appraiser’s Office had illegally and improperly conducted a valuation of the property. They claimed the county had persuaded a third party to change the property’s valuation from $5.5 million to $10.4 million. Claims included negligence, fraud, conspiracy, and breach of contract. The Shawnee County Appraiser’s Office argued there had been no improprieties that affected the assessment and even if there had been, Shelby had suffered no damage. Read more
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