The Taj Mahal in Agra, which draws millions of tourists to India each year, was recently served notices for property tax and water bills for the first time in its 370-year history. Officials of the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) call it a mistake that they hope will be remedied soon.
   Both the Taj Mahal and the Agra fort have been served notices for outstanding bills by various units of the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government. Read more
  A Denman Island homeowner's appeal of her 2022 property assessment succeeded in reducing the home's value by a few thousand dollars, but not before her ex joined the appeal and attempted to raise the assessment by nearly $300,000. Read more
UK grocers set for almost £550m in tax reductions
   UK supermarkets and grocers will benefit from an almost £550 million tax cut over the next three years, according to new analysis. It comes after more than half a million retail properties in England and Wales were revalued as part of a shake-up to the business rates system of property taxes. Read more
Submit presentation ideas for conference by Jan. 31
   Interested in presenting at the IAAO Annual Conference in Salt Lake City? The Call for Presentations is now open. The submission deadline is Jan. 31. Anyone interested is encouraged to submit presentation ideas as soon as possible. See the Call for Presentations page to submit and for more information.
January issue of Fair+Equitable available
   The January 2023 issue of F+E takes a look at how voters in two California cities recently approved new taxes on vacant dwellings.
   Also in the issue is information on how to submit proposals for the 2023 IAAO Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Aug. 27-30, and the June 21-22 virtual Mass Appraisal Valuation Symposium, sponsored by IAAO and IPTI.
   In addition, the issue contains articles on new IAAO Board members. Also:
• IAAO accepting applications for new mentorship program
• Current remodeling completed at IAAO HQ
• More than 130 attend IAAO legal seminar
• IAAO seeks PCS consulting help
• 2022 member anniversaries
• Industry news and legal news
• New designees
Evaluating CAMA software focus of January webinar
  Changing CAMA software can be one of the most important decisions a jurisdiction makes, with far-reaching consequences that last well into the future. “Evaluating CAMA Software: The Best Fit for You” will offer guidance on how to prepare for and how to evaluate CAMA proposals. The online seminar, beginning at noon Central on Wednesday, Jan. 25, will be presented by Melissa Baer, CAE, and Edie McCarthy, and is eligible for 1.5 CEU hours. The discounted rate is $55 for IAAO members and $77 for nonmembers. Register here.
Tyler webinar to review technologies in modern assessment offices
  The  IAAO partner and IAAO Studios sponsor Tyler Technologies is offering a free webinar on the modern assessment office. The webinar will be broadcast from noon to 1 p.m. Central on Tuesday, Jan. 31. As assessment offices face challenges including workplace flexibility, navigating revenue uncertainty, and reaching constituents conveniently, professionals struggle to be equipped with the right tools to keep pace. Attend this online seminar to hear from the industry’s leading technology providers and learn about new and improved technologies that truly work. Register for the webinar here.
IAAO, IPTI requesting program topic submissions for symposium in June
  The International Property Tax Institute and IAAO will present a joint (virtual) Mass Appraisal Valuation Symposium on June 21-22, and are soliciting program topics for the symposium. The theme of the virtual MAVS is “Valuing Properties in Uncertain Times,” and IPTI and IAAO are inviting potential speakers to submit topics for the program. Use the online application at www.iaao.org/mavs23 to submit the presenter information, topic, and a short synopsis of the proposed topic. The deadline to submit proposals is Jan. 31.
IAAO members reappointed to state seats
  Two IAAO members were reappointed to state commissions and boards. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the reappointment of Peggy L. Nolde to the State Tax Commission. Nolde is the current chair of the State Tax Commission and retired from Genesee County where she was the equalization director.
   Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Shawn Wilson to the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board. Wilson is the Owner of Compass Real Estate Consulting.
Interested in earning an IAAO designation? Take part in an IAAO Zoom chat to find out more
  Beginning in February, join Professional Development Committee members, current designees, and program staff on the second Thursday of every other month as they answer questions and share experiences in earning a designation.
   The first Zoom chat will be Thursday, Feb. 16, on earning an IAAO designation, followed by chats focusing on specific designations featuring designees who have completed the process. An April 13 chat will review the CAE and RES designations, followed by an Aug. 10 chat on the MAS and AAS designations. The year will wrap up with a chat on Dec. 14 on the CMS and PPS designations.
   There will also be chats in June and October about the overall designation program. For more information and to register, visit the Designation Discourse page.
IAAO accepting submissions for Research Grant Program
   The Richard Almy Research Grant Program, formerly the Academic Partnership Program, provides financial support for IAAO members, students, and faculty to complete research in areas related to property appraisal, assessment administration, and property tax policy. IAAO members, along with students and faculty, are eligible to submit proposals. The deadline to apply for 2023 is Jan. 31, 2023. IAAO members, graduate/postgraduate students, and faculty at accredited colleges/universities are eligible to apply. Both international and domestic students are eligible, however, the final report must be written in the English language. Funding for each approved project will be between $2,500 and $5,000. Grants are awarded for one year. Apply at www.iaao.org/appgrant.
IAAO joins industry groups to present Jan. 18 webinar on topics facing appraiser profession
   IAAO is joining with ASA, AI, ASFMRA, MBREA, and NSREA to present a webinar on Jan. 18 on “State of the Profession: A Discussion with the Appraisal Foundation and Appraisal Subcommittee.”
   David Bunton, president of the Appraisal Foundation, and James Park, executive director of the Appraisal Subcommittee, will discuss topics facing the appraiser profession, including:
• Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI)
• Different Aspects of Reconsideration of Values
• Fair Housing and Bias issues
• Consumer Outreach
• Future Prospective on 2023
   Moderated by Johnnie White, CEO/EVP of ASA, the webinar will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Register for free here.
IAAO office closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
   IAAO Headquarters will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Hot topic: Course 333
  IAAO Connect members are talking about Course 333 - Residential Model Building.
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Stanford surpasses Getty Museum as largest recipient of property tax exemptions in California

  Stanford University recently surpassed the Getty Museum in Los Angeles as the largest recipient of property tax exemptions in California.
  The university received more than $16.8 billion in tax exemptions last year for its various campus properties, nearly half of the $35.2 billion of property tax exemptions in the county, according to Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone. Read more

Wyoming counties want wind farms assessed

for property tax

  Differences between property tax estimates provided by wind farm developers and actual tax assessments energy producers receive when a farm is operating has created a dispute over whether the state or Wyoming counties where the farms are located should do the assessments. Read more

How the Airbnb ‘Gold Rush’ could impact the homebuying market

  Airbnb’s business is booming. The popular platform reported its highest revenue and profit ever in the third quarter of 2022, due in large part to strong demand and higher daily rates. The surging vacation rental industry has caught the attention of real estate investors and entrepreneurs, who have been amassing large portfolios of short-term rental properties to cash in on the boom. Read more
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