The Kansas Supreme Court waded into a simmering dispute last week in the assessing industry on valuing real property of big-box retails stores by overturning lower court decisions that rejected Johnson County’s evaluation of nine Walmart Inc. and two Sam’s Club stores.
   The state’s highest court unanimously reversed a 2021 decision of the Kansas Court of Appeals and previous action by the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals that found the county overvalued the retailers’ property by tens of millions of dollars.
   Walmart took legal action to challenge methods used by the Johnson County, Kansas, Appraiser’s Office that resulted in 2016 and 2017 appraisals nearly double the 2015 tax values for the properties. Read more
  Within the past two years, outside investors bought over 7,000 single-family homes in Shelby County, limiting the supply of affordable housing for first-time homebuyers. Read more
   One of the last affordable housing options left in America is mobile homes, but just like houses, people are being priced out of those, too. Read more

July 29 webinar: Finding New Blood

   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 to 1:30 p.m. Central on Wednesday, July 29.
   The session will review how in the next five to 10 years, the assessing industry will lose 40% or more of its workforce. How do we find new people to get involved?
   In Michigan, a committee has been working to figure that out. Hear how they plan to draw some new blood into the assessing profession.
   The webinar will be presented by Amy L. DeHann, MMAO-Assessor, Garfield Township, Grand Traverse County and will be coming from IAAO Studios sponsored by Tyler Technologies.
   The webinar is eligible for one CEU hour and is $55 for members and $110 for non-members. Read more

Next in-person IEW set for Alabama

  The 2023 IAAO in-person IEW will take place Jan. 9-11 in Point Clear, Alabama.
  The three-day event is open to qualifying IAAO members and will be just before the First Annual Conference of the Alabama Chapter of IAAO.
   Those who pass the IEW audition will be considered a junior instructor and will be able to teach in the live classroom. Anyone who speaks a second language either fluently or with a high degree of proficiency is encouraged to apply.
   For more information and to complete the application, please access the IEW online application. Registration is now open and spots are limited. Read more
Workplace expert Amy Gallo will speak
at WIN workshop, Women s Luncheon
    The IAAO Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) announced that this year’s WIN workshop will be led by conflict, communication, and workplace dynamics expert Amy Gallo. She is an author, editor, and podcast co-host of Harvard Business Review’s Women at Work.Gallo2_2246515.PNG
   Amy has written both “The HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict,” a how-to guidebook published in 2017, as well as her forthcoming book, “Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People)” which is due out in September.
   WIN’s one-day virtual workshop, Getting Along: Navigating Conflict in the Workplaces, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central on Nov. 1. It 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 on Wednesday, Aug. 31, in Boston.
   You can register for the luncheon ($60) by selecting the option during the conference registration process, or by emailing Allyson Weber, weber@iaao.org; or Rachel Mense, mense@iaao.org.
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 (June 27). 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. 

July 15 early bird deadline for the 2022 Annual Conference

   The early bird deadline is July 15 for registration for the 2022 IAAO Annual Conference, Aug. 28-31 in Boston.
    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 or download and print a paper registration form. Vision Government Solutions is the registration sponsor. Register here
   A few volunteer opportunities are still available. Contact Bill Mitchell at wmitchell@northandoverma.gov or Lane Partridge at lane.partridge@town.barnstable.ma.us for more information.
   Make your hotel reservations now before rooms are sold out.
  Also, the IAAO Local Host Task Force has tickets for a game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox at historic Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 27 and is handling the annual golf tournament. To register for the IAAO golf tournament or to buy baseball tickets, go to the Massachusetts IAAO chapter website at ma-iaao.org.
   The Annual Conference will take place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. In-person attendees can earn up to 12.5 credit hours from the main conference and eight additional hours from pre-conference workshops. Virtual attendees will have 11.5 preselected credit hours available via the livestream. Read more
Hot topic: Power BI
   IAAO Connect members are talking about the benefits of using Microsofts Power BI desktop software. Read more

Independent reviewer rejects outside

regulator to police RICS members

   An independent regulator to police RICS members has been rejected by Lord Michael Bichard in his report into how RICS is run.
   Bichard was appointed in 2021 to lead a review into the governance and purpose of RICS. He said recently that it would be a mistake to set up an outside regulation body, but he warned that he would not be surprised if the UK government considered the proposal.
   “It (RICS) is, of course, not the only professional body to have wrestled with these problems and in professions such as solicitors, auditors, and healthcare professionals, the government has intervened to create separate regulatory or oversight bodies," Bichard said. Read more

Study: Prop 13 property tax benefits vary

   While home ownership remains a challenge for people of color, a new report argues that California’s landmark law limiting property tax increases keeps those who do achieve it from equally reaping the benefits.
   Under Proposition 13, a report says, white homeowners get annual property tax breaks that are more than 80% higher on average than Black homeowners and more than twice the tax breaks Latino homeowners receive. It’s another way the iconic law contributes to unequal wealth building in a state with the second-lowest rate of homeownership in the nation, say researchers for the Opportunity Institute and Pivot Learning.
   In the past 40 years, Prop. 13 has been studied extensively for its effects on government revenues, the housing market and on generations of homeowners. More recently, reform advocates are focusing on ways it is extending racial disparities. Read more

Opponents appeal Rivian’s property tax deal

to county superior court

   A legal complaint from local opponents in Georgia filed with the Morgan County Superior Court last week is aiming to overturn Rivian’s lucrative tax-exempt status, which would garner more than $700 million in tax breaks over the course of 25 years for the electric automaker.
   The complaint alleges that the Rivian rental agreement, which allows the California-based automaker to build a $5 billion electric vehicle manufacturing plant atop a nearly 2,000-acre site spanning across Morgan and Walton counties, should not be exempt from paying traditional property taxes. Read more
+ Rochester, Minnesota
Deputy County Assessor, Olmsted County See more
+ Leesburg, Virginia
Real Estate Appraiser I, Loudoun County See more
Real Estate Appraiser II, Loudoun County See more
Senior Real Estate Appraiser, Loudoun County See more
+ Concord, New Hampshire
Director of Real Estate Assessments, City of Concord See more
+ Golden, Colorado
Commercial Appraiser, Jefferson County Government See more
+ Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
City Assessor, City of Wauwatosa See more
+ Chicago
Commercial Appraiser, Urban Real Estate Research See more
+ Littleton, Colorado
Commercial Appraiser II/III, Arapahoe County See more
+ Hanover, New Hampshire
Field Appraiser, Town of Hanover See more
+ Castle Rock, Colorado
Commercial Appraiser III, Douglas County See more
+ Chesterfield, Virginia
Appraiser II, Chesterfield County See more
Appraiser III, Chesterfield County See more
International Association
of Assessing Officers
314 West 10th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
Share news:
Keith Robison
Don't want these emails?
Unsubscribe here.