For years, opponents of Wisconsin’s “dark store” method for taxing big-box retailers worked in vain to persuade state lawmakers to change the law. Those opponents now are pinning their hopes instead on the judicial branch of state government. City administrators and others say a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling expected later this year could stop Walmart and other retailers from avoiding paying their fair share of property taxes.
   But if the Supreme Court rules in favor of dark store taxation, the strategy of seeking judicial relief will backfire for the cities, villages and towns that are taking on big business in the hopes of increasing tax bases. Read more
  New housing starts unexpectedly plunged more than economists projected in June as home builders grappled with the effects of rising interest rates curbing demand for new homes, according to data released Tuesday, adding to signs of an abrupt turnaround in the booming housing market. Read more
Before Allegheny County stopped reassessing property, it was almost a pioneer
  Allegheny County’s troubled history of property assessment has repeatedly led to court intervention. But there was a point when the Pennsylvania county was (almost) on the cutting edge of property assessment methodologies. What happened to the plan to computerize the county’s assessment system in the 1970s? Read more
Board of Directors candidates certified
  The IAAO Nominating Committee has certified the list of candidates to run for the 2023 IAAO Board of Directors. The election will take place Nov. 1-15. Members not certified as candidates may petition to be included. Candidate petition request forms and supporter petitions are available on the election webpage. The following is a list of certified candidates running for the Board:
• Rebecca Malmquist, CAE
Vice President
• Tina Stone, PPS, AAS
Region 1
• Alvin Lankford, CAE, AAS
Region 2
• Roderick Conley, AAS, RES
• Lloyd Funk, CAE
Region 3
• Dwane Brinson, CAE, RES, AAS
• Stuart Topliff

Work-life balance focus of free July 26 WIN online presentation

  Leading in a world that never sleeps and is constantly connected can be a challenge. Getting lost in the search for a work-life balance while navigating the everyday struggles of our personal and professional lives can leave us feeling even worse.
   To assist with these challenges, the IAAO Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) is presenting “Work Life Balance” with Ely Rosario online at noon Central on Tuesday, July 26. Author of Own Your Fire and Know Your Worth, Ely shares her own experiences in creating a better life at www.elyrosario.com.
   Rosario holds a Masters of Business Administration from Colorado State University and an undergraduate degree from Florida State University in communications with business. Register for the July 26 presentation here.

July 29 webinar: Recruiting new people to

the industry

   Finding new people for the industry will be the subject of an IAAO webinar in July. The webinar, Finding New Blood, will be from noon-1:30 p.m. Central on Friday, July 29. The presentation will review how in the next five to 10 years, the industry will lose 40% or more of the current workforce. How do we find new people to get involved?
   In Michigan, a committee has been working to figure that out. Come and hear how we plan to draw some new blood into the assessing profession. Presented by Amy L. DeHann, MMAO-Assessor, Garfield Township, Grand Traverse County. Register here

Workplace expert Amy Gallo will be WIN workshop, luncheon speaker

   The IAAO Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) announced that this year’s WIN workshop will be led by Amy Gallo, a conflict, communication, and workplace dynamics expert. She is an author, editor, and podcast co-host of HBR’s Women at Work.
  WIN’s one-day virtual workshop, Getting Along: Navigating Conflict in the Workplace, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central on Nov. 1, will teach a deeper understanding of interpersonal dynamics, including gender and racial dynamics, while increasing awareness of personal communication styles.
  The workshop is $195 for members and $275 for nonmembers and workshop registration includes a copy of her new book. Additional information and registration is available online.
  Amy will also be a speaker at the IAAO 2022 Annual Conference Women’s Luncheon in Boston on Wednesday, Aug. 31. You can register for the luncheon ($60) during the conference registration process, or by emailing Allyson Weber, weber@iaao.org, or Rachel Mense, mense@iaao.org.
Conference golf, baseball, and webinar information
   Registration for the 2022 IAAO Annual Conference is available, along with registration for the annual golf outing on Saturday, Aug. 27, and tickets for a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park. IAAO’s Annual Conference is set for Aug. 28-31 at the Sheraton Boston and Hynes Convention Center.
   The Massachusetts Chapter of IAAO is handling the golf outing and tickets for the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Red Sox game and both can be purchased at ma-iaao.org.
Pre-conference webinar on Aug. 2
   To help prepare attendees for the conference, IAAO will host a free webinar from noon to 1 p.m. Central on Tuesday, Aug. 2, called Everything You Need to Know About the 2022 Annual Conference.
   Hosted by the IAAO Headquarters Team and Local Host Task Force, the webinar will review the details that make this conference one to remember. We will cover the pre-conference checklist, education sessions, key attendee events, and more.
   Come learn the ins, outs and must-sees directly from the people who make the conference possible. This pre-conference webinar is sponsored by Data Cloud Solutions, a Woolpert Company. Register here
Learn about the library in Words with Assessors
   For the second year, the Friends of the IAAO Paul V. Corusy Library Trust are inviting IAAO members to a game of Words with Assessors, with a chance to win gift cards. During the contest, which runs until August, words will be hidden on library webpages.
  Just find the words and enter them on the playing card. The first word (STANDARDS) is noted on the playing card clues, and the additional words will be posted on library pages starting on dates listed on the card. Participants will learn more about the library and the resources it has to offer. The drawings for gift cards for those members who find the most words and complete the playing card will take place at the 2022 IAAO Annual Conference. Completed cards can be brought to the conference or emailed to library@iaao.org by Aug. 15.

Calls mount for Idaho legislature to examine property tax issues

   As concern from Idaho homeowners has swelled in recent years over soaring property taxes, the Idaho Legislature both last year and the year before appointed a committee of lawmakers from both parties and both houses to look at possible fixes.   
   However, the joint panel focused largely on local government spending, recommending successful legislation and state investment to increase the tracking of local government expenditures. It didn’t recommend anything to change the increasing share of the property tax burden that’s falling on homeowners, compared with all other classes of property. Read more
    More than 10% of residential dwellings are unoccupied in Australia ... that’s more than a million houses sitting empty which could otherwise have been available to homebuyers or tenants. With a national rental vacancy rate of 1% and undersupply in various housing markets feeding affordability issues, more people have warmed to the proposal of imposing taxes on the owners of these ghost properties. Read more
  Manhattan apartment rents jumped again in June on a relentless climb into uncharted territory. A combination of low supply, soaring interest rates, and increasing demand implies leasing activity will keep climbing through August and push median average rents in the city well over the $4,000 mark. Read more
Oklahoma City lawmakers file petition to freeze assessed home values for seniors
   In an attempt to keep property taxes consistent for seniors, three Oklahoma City lawmakers filed an initiative petition to freeze assessed home values for residents 65 and older. The petition that would appear on the ballot would apply to all Oklahoma seniors, regardless of a homeowner's income. Read more
Here are the five most ‘overvalued’ housing markets in the U.S.
   Years of soaring home prices have led to 96% of the largest markets in United States having overvalued real estate, according to a new analysis by Moody’s Analytics. Most of the market now remains overpriced by about 25%. That could lead to particularly sharp declines should the U.S. fall into a recession, warns Moody’s chief economist Mark Zandi. Read more
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Property Appraiser I or II, Deschutes County See more
+ Orlando, Florida
Senior Director, Valuations, Orange County Property Appraiser See more
+ McKinney, Texas
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Commercial Staff Appraiser, Collin Central Appraisal District See more
+ Concord, New Hampshire
Director of Real Estate Assessments, City of Concord See more
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+ Rochester, Minnesota
Deputy County Assessor, Olmsted County See more
+ Leesburg, Virginia
Real Estate Appraiser I, Loudon County See more
+ Golden, Colorado
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