Property taxes have become a hot-button issue across Texas, with recent tax appraisals giving homeowners sticker shock. Voters have the opportunity on May 7 to decide on two constitutional amendments that experts say could help slow property tax increases.
  The first statewide proposal concerns property taxes paid by the elderly and people with disabilities. The second statewide proposition would raise the homestead exemption for school property taxes from $25,000 to $40,000. Read more
  An industry-backed quest to overhaul New York’s property tax system received new life. The state’s highest court granted Tax Equity Now New York permission to continue its legal challenge to the city’s property tax system. A mid-level appeals court tossed the lawsuit in 2020, citing the legislature’s right to fix the system — or leave it. The court’s consensus left the group without an automatic right to appeal to the state’s highest court, which granted it. Read more
   Government and school officials in Henry County are breathing a sigh of relief after a move to remove the ad valorem tax on bourbon stored in warehouses throughout the state failed to make it into the state budget passed last week in Frankfort.
But that doesn’t mean the issue is dead. State Sen. Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon) said there will be further discussion in the interim period when legislative committees meet starting in June. Read more

Conference speaker, baseball, golf details released
   Adrianne Haslet, a former ballroom dancer, survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and inspirational speaker, will be the keynote speaker at the 2022 IAAO Annual Conference, Aug. 28-31 in Boston. Ad_Haslet4_2211971.jpg
  Her presentation will be part of the Opening Session on Monday, Aug. 29. Adrianne has spoken all over the world. Her debut TED performance has been viewed over 6.7 million times worldwide, and her debut at TEDx Beacon Street has been viewed over 2.2 million times.
  The IAAO Local Host Task Force has a group of tickets for a baseball game at historic Fenway Park in Boston on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 27 between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox.
The IAAO Local Host Task Force is also hosting a golf tournament in conjunction with the Annual Conference. The golf tournament is moving days this year and will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27. The tournament will take place at the Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course starting at 9 a.m. The $100 fee per person includes golf, cart, lunch, a swag bag, and opportunity to win prizes.
  To register for the golf tournament or buy baseball tickets, go to the Massachusetts IAAO chapter website at ma-iaao.org.
Learn about reappraisals from experts in webinar
   The May IAAO webinar will review “What We Know Now...a Reappraisal Story” on Thursday, May 26 at Noon Central for a panel discussion with IAAO members from multiple jurisdictions who will share their reappraisal stories. Learn from those who have recently been through the reappraisal process and hear what they know now and what they wish they knew before undertaking the project. If you are interested in hearing about experiences from your fellow assessors, we ask you to join us. No CEU Hours provided. Register.
Registration open for Emerging Leaders' Summit
  Registration is open for the 2022 Emerging Leaders' Summit and this year's theme is leading multigenerations. The Emerging Leaders' Summit is designed for early to mid-career managers who have a desire to advance within the assessment profession and to grow as leaders. The program will be presented in three parts: two webinars (scheduled for July 28 and Aug. 10) and a third session (Mind the Gap! How to Navigate Intergenerational Communication Gaps in the Workplace) will take place on Aug. 31 at the IAAO Annual Conference in Boston. The final session will also be recorded for those unable to attend. Fees for the Emerging Leadership Summit are $295 for IAAO members and $395 for non-members and registration is open through June 30. Read More
Sign up for Mass Appraisal Valuation symposium
  Registration is 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 relative to property tax policy and valuations, including innovations, theory, application, management, and practices. More information on the symposium and registration is available online. Read More
Board election information now available
  Members interested in running for the IAAO Board of Directors should submit candidate materials by July 1. Check out the Elections page for more information and forms needed to submit. Regular members in good standing will be able to vote electronically from Nov. 1-15, for the Regular Board Member and Officer positions. Read More
Ethics enforcement section released for exposure
  A proposed enforcement section to be added to the IAAO Code of Ethics has been approved by the IAAO Board of Directors for exposure to members for 30 days. The new section was developed by the Ethics Committee and reviewed by the Governance Committee and Board of Directors. The enforcement section outlines the process to file a complaint, the alleged violation evaluation process, potential sanctions, publication of sanctions, and the appeals and reinstatement process. Comments on the Code of Ethics enforcement section should be sent to Executive Administrator Mindy Murphy-Watson at watson@iaao.org. The comment period will run to May 25, 2022. The proposed enforcement section is also available on the Exposure Drafts page. Read More
Hot topic: Allocation, proportionment and malls
   IAAO Connect members are talking about allocation and proportion taxes for buildings at malls. Read more

Nova Scotia to make changes to controversial new non-resident property tax plan
   Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston announced changes to a controversial new non-resident property tax plan during a speech in Halifax. The tax of $2 per $100 of assessed value for non-residents was announced in the spring budget, along with a five per cent deed transfer tax for non-residents who purchase a property.
   The province said the revenue from the new taxes would be used to help address the housing crisis, but the property tax measure has faced backlash from seasonal residents who own cottages or other properties in Nova Scotia.

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Colorado lawmakers, governor back temporary limit on property tax rate increases
  Gov. Jared Polis and state lawmakers are attempting to limit the state’s property tax assessment rates for 2023 and 2024, as rising property values in Colorado are set to cause a sharp increase for taxpayers next year, according to Colorado Public Radio. A bipartisan bill to temporarily lower the next two years of rates for both residential and commercial properties was introduced in the Colorado Senate on May 2, nearly a week before the 2022 legislative session ends on May 11. The bill’s proposed rate decreases would save taxpayers about $700 million in total and if passed, would also provide $400 million for local districts that rely on property taxes for revenue, CPR reported. Read more
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