Theres never been such a severe shortage of houses in the U.S. Heres why ... 
  By one estimate, the U.S. is more than 3 million houses short of the demand from would-be homebuyers. Pandemic-related supply chain problems aren't helping. They’re adding tens of thousands of dollars in cost to the typical house.
   But the roots of the problem go back much further — to the housing bubble collapse in 2008. Many homebuilders went out of business. Many tradespeople found other work or got retrained for new jobs. A few years later, as Americans started buying more homes again, building stayed below normal. And that slump in building continued for more than a decade. Meanwhile, the largest generation, the millennials, started to settle down and buy houses. Read more
  Cook County, Illinois, is forgoing an estimated $1.15 billion a year in property taxes as a result of thousands of pieces of vacant property that aren’t bringing in a penny of revenue. Some $255 million of that is in Chicago alone. “In the city of Chicago there are 10,000 pieces of abandoned property they can’t unload. They can’t even be sold for one dollar,” says Maria Pappas, Cook County treasurer. "There are properties that have been available for 20 years … block after block of blighted areas.” Read more
   The tax assessor for the town of Vinalhaven appealed to the state’s top court on whether the Hurricane Island Foundation should be exempt from the property tax. The assessor wants the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to overturn a decision ruling that Hurricane Island Foundation was a scientific institution, and therefore exempt from the property tax.
   Following a visit to Hurricane Island, the tax assessor rejected the request for tax exempt status. Read more
Town Hall video now available
   A video copy of the IAAO online Town Hall, which took place on Tuesday, April 5, is now available to view. The Town Hall updated members on association activities and plans for 2022 and beyond.
   The presentation by President Wade Patterson and Executive Director Debra McGuire, MBA, IOM, CAE, addresses strategic planning efforts, updates committee and task force activities, and reviews the status of IAAO meetings, membership, and education.

April 15 is deadline for Legal Seminar proposals

   The IAAO Legal Task Force is accepting program topic proposals for the IAAO Annual Legal Seminar, Dec. 1-2 in Austin, Texas. The Legal Task Force is seeking qualified professionals to present on topics of interest to lawyers and assessors. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, unique valuation problems, effective representation, courtroom technology, public policy, appeal processes, public relations, and ethics. Click here to submit a presentation topic. The deadline to submit topics is April 15.
Nominations accepted for IAAO awards, Fellows
   IAAO is accepting nominations for its Awards and Fellows programs 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. Submit your nominations here. Fellow nominees are brought forth by the IAAO membership each year.

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’ perceptions 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
Registration opens soon for mass appraisal valuation symposium
  Registration opens in April for the online Mass Appraisal Valuation Symposium, set for June 22-23. The International Property Tax Institute (IPTI) and IAAO will present the virtual symposium covering “Applications and Challenges.” Registration details will be available at iaao.org and in upcoming IAAO publications.

Conference hotel-room block open

   Hotel reservations at the Sheraton Boston are open for the 2022 IAAO Annual Conference, which will take place at the Hynes Convention Center. Attendees planning to register for the IAAO Annual Conference, Aug. 28 – 31, can now make room reservations.
   A one-night deposit of room and tax is required to hold the room but may be cancelled without penalty up to 72 hours before scheduled arrival. The standard room rate is $199 plus tax and fees. The cut-off for the IAAO room block is Friday, Aug. 5. Conference registration opens in mid-April.
Hot topic: Gravel pits
   IAAO Connect members are talking about valuing gravel pits. Read more

Is it a house or is it a yacht? Legal fight looms over property taxes for floating Miami mansion

   Arkup #1, a gleaming rectangle-shaped houseboat anchored off Miami Beach’s exclusive Star Island, has all the trappings of a floating mansion: a luxury kitchen, spacious living room, two upstairs bedrooms, a gym, and even a patio overlooking the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay.
   But despite the fact that the Arkup is registered with the U.S. Coast Guard and can travel the seas at a modest five knots per hour, Miami-Dade County says it’s not actually a boat. The result: the county sent the media darling houseboat a property tax bill of nearly $120,000. Read more

Higher tax bills in Tampa Bay area could spur wallet pain, political heat

   Local property appraisers say the recent surge in Tampa Bay real estate values could cause sticker shock when residents get their property tax notices later this summer — a development that could put political pressure on county commissioners and threaten planned Hillsborough tax referendums for schools and transportation. Read more

County supervisors in Mississippi discuss body cameras, bulletproof vests for assessor employees

   The Warren County, Mississippi, Board of Supervisors is asking its residents to be a little slower on the draw. The board last week talked about equipping property tax assessor’s office employees with body cameras following the second incident this year in which Real Property Appraiser Joseph Davis had a gun pointed at him while in the field. Read more
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