A bill that would keep property tax assessments with the state – instead of counties – passed unanimously out of the Wyoming Legislature’s House Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee late last week.
   But House Bill 3 didn’t move forward without debate. “It’s a contentious issue with industry, our state government and our county assessors,” said Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne. Read more
  Farm winery owners Bryan Zesiger and Gina Montalbano stirred up a hornet’s nest of property tax controversy by challenging Leavenworth County’s decision to classify a wine tasting room and 1.1 acres at the vineyard as commercial rather than agricultural property.
   Zesiger said it was unfair because other farm retailers hadn’t been hit with commercial labels. Read more
With values soaring, Vermont towns need reappraisals, but experts are in short supply
   Two-thirds of Vermont’s 254 municipalities can expect a reappraisal order this year, according to the state’s Department of Taxes.
   And with so many reappraisals in order, the state faces another issue: a lack of resources to handle the demand. “There’re not enough firms to go around to do this; that’s a huge problem,” Jill Remick, the tax department’s director of property valuation and review. Read more
Evaluating CAMA software topic of Jan. 25 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.
Submit presentation ideas for IAAO Annual Conference by Jan. 31
   Interested in presenting at the IAAO Annual Conference in Salt Lake City? The Call for Presentations is now open and the submission deadline is Jan. 31. Anyone interested is encouraged to submit presentation ideas as soon as possible. See the Call for Presentations web page for more information.
Tyler webinar to review modern assessment tech
   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 here for the webinar.
Topic submissions for appraisal symposium due
by Jan. 31
   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 https://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 accepting submissions for research grant
   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.
   IAAO members, graduate/postgraduate students, and faculty at accredited colleges/universities are eligible to apply. 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. The deadline to apply for 2023 is Jan. 31.
February webinar: Supercharging assessing analytics with Power BI
   Power BI is a game changer in truly understanding your assessing data. See how Power BI can supercharge your assessing analytics. The webinar, set for noon Central on Wednesday, Feb. 1, will be presented by David Cornell, CAE, and is eligible for 1.5 CEU hours. The cost is $55 for IAAO members and $77 for nonmembers. Register here.
Registration for GIS/Val Tech opens soon
   Registration for the 2023 GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, April 3-6 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort, is expected to open on Monday, Jan. 23. The schedule of sessions for the event has been posted at gisvaltech2023.sched.com, and prospective attendees can bookmark sessions they want to attend. Attendees can also now reserve a hotel room at the Westgate Las Vegas.
   Discover the technology solutions to support your agency’s goals for accuracy and efficiency at the 26th GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, co-hosted by IAAO and URISA.
Seven new instructors certified to teach after IEW
   The IAAO Education Committee today approved the seven IAAO members who passed the Instructor Evaluation Workshop last week in Point Clear, Alabama.
   Congratulations to the following who will now be junior instructors and certified to teach IAAO courses live, in classrooms:
  • Elmer Moore III, Shelby County (Tennessee) Assessor of Property
  • Lance Briner, CAE, Alachua (Florida) County Property Appraiser's Office
  • Tim Hall Sr., Mobile County (Alabama) Revenue Commissioner
  • Tawanda Shivers, PPS, Gwinnett County (Georgia) Assessor's Office
  • Joel Cuthbert, Arapahoe County (Colorado)
  • Tom Van Buer, AAS, Johnson County (Iowa) Assessor’s Office
  • Valerie Moon, City of Brewer (Maine).
    This was the first IEW offering in Alabama and 14 participants took part in the workshop, held before the inaugural conference of the Alabama Chapter of IAAO.
Hot topic: Internships
  IAAO Connect members are talking about summer internship programs. Read more

Kaegi to meet with Cook County’s hardest-hit property taxpayers

  The Cook County Assessor is planning a face-to-face response to protests by residents of Pilsen, the residential portion of the Chicago community area getting hit by the biggest increase to property tax bills out of all 77 in the city. Read more

Utah State Auditor says state’s procedures ‘insufficient’ to prevent property tax inequities

  Residents in Wasatch and Summit counties have complained that their recent property taxes were too high. The Utah State Auditor said a state agency failed to prevent that from happening. Read more

Many Vermont second-home owners pay a lower tax rate than residents. Will the Legislature change that?

  In more than a third of Vermont towns, primary residents are taxed at higher rates than those who own second homes or commercial land, according to a VTDigger analysis of property tax rates. But that could change this legislative session if Vermont lawmakers take up reforms that have been researched throughout the past year. Read more

Analysts: Work-from-home could cost cities billions in taxes

  According to economic analysts, the growing work-from-home trend is "devastating" US cities. With nearly a third of the workforce working remotely, employers find little reason to keep their physical offices open.
  Tax revenue in large cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco plummeted as companies began shuttering offices. Meta closed shop on 450,000 square feet of office space in New York alone. Read more
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