Searching for a better life has Americans on the move — and these are the top five states they left in 2022
   If there’s one thing that will motivate Americans to move, it’s money. It’s an American tradition that stretches back to the 19th century, with pioneers headed west in search of gold, silver, and a brighter future.
   But over the pandemic, as remote work took off, many people packed up and fled densely populated expensive states for cheaper living and better lifestyles.
   Three years after the pandemic changed everything, those lower-density areas remain attractive to Americans looking to make a change, as a new study shows. Read more
   A Texas lawmaker has filed a bill aimed at repealing the state's longstanding recapture system – commonly dubbed by some as "Robin Hood" – which was implemented in 1994.
   Texas' recapture system required the state to remove local property tax dollars from districts with the highest levels of property wealth per student in an effort to provide more equal per-student funding across the state. Read more
Alaska bill aims to radically change how oil and gas property taxes are calculated
   Last week, the Senate Resources Committee introduced Senate Bill 50, “An Act relating to the assessment of property for the purposes of the oil and gas exploration, production, and pipeline transportation property tax; and providing for an effective date.”
   It’s a short bill, but it would radically transform how oil and gas property taxes are determined in Alaska. Read more
IAAO plans Town Hall March 2 to update members
   IAAO will host a virtual Town Hall at 1 p.m. Central on Thursday, March 2, to update members on activities going on at the association. President Pat Alesandrini, CAE, RES, and Executive Director Debra McGuire, MBA, IOM, CAE, will update members during the online meeting, discussing strategic planning efforts, deliver updates on our committee and task force activities, and review the status of IAAO meetings, membership, and education.   
   Register today for the online Town Hall, to be broadcast from the IAAO Studios, sponsored by Tyler Technologies. If you have questions, you may submit them in advance to townhall@iaao.org.
Deadline extended: Program topic submissions due Feb. 21 for Mass Appraisal Valuation Symposium
   The International Property Tax Institute and IAAO will present a joint (virtual) Mass Appraisal Valuation Symposium (MAVS 2023) 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 let us know if you would like to be included in the program. Please use the online application at www.iaao.org/mavs23 to submit the presenter information, topic, and a short synopsis of the proposed topic. The extended deadline to submit proposals is Feb. 21.
IAAO logo wear available from Lands End
   IAAO has teamed up with Lands’ End to offer a variety of IAAO logo wear through a Lands’ End store, accessible at www.iaao.org/landsend. The store is a one-stop shop for high-quality apparel and customer service. To start shopping, visit the store and select a category from the tabs. You can shop the various products and then add a white, blue, or black IAAO logo embroidered on the product. Numerous men’s, women’s, and promotional products are available.
 A Lands’ End account is needed to order and once you’ve completed your shopping, you’ll go right to the one-page checkout through the shopping cart. After you place your order, Lands’ End will have it picked, packed, and shipped.
GIS/Val Tech early registration deadline is Feb. 24
   Feb. 24 is the deadline to register at the early registration rate for the 2023 GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, April 3-6 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort. The schedule of sessions for the event has been posted at gisvaltech2023.sched.com, and prospective attendees can bookmark the 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.
Annual Conference registration opens in April
  Registration for the IAAO Annual Conference, Aug. 27-30 in Salt Lake City, will open in April.
   IAAO Annual Conferences are the industry’s premiere event to learn best practices, emerging technology, trends, and to connect with others in the field. The annual conference will offer a variety of education session presentation choices, roundtable talks, and panel discussions presented over the three days.
   The conference hotels will be the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown, the Hyatt Regency, the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, and the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown.
   The early bird registration fee is $795 for members and will be available through Saturday, July 15. Join or renew your membership now to save up to $270 on registration. Go to the conference page on the IAAO website for more details.
Feb. 22 webinar: The Inns and Outs of Vacation Rentals
   Vacation rentals, from property classification to valuation, are hot topics in the assessing industry. In this interactive panel discussion, learn how assessors from across North America tackle the issue.
  The webinar, set for noon Central on Wednesday, Feb. 22, will be presented by Mark Chapin; Marcy Martin, AAS; Terry Taylor, CAE, RES, AAS; and Greg Martino, and is eligible for 1.5 CEU hours. The cost is $55 for IAAO members and $77 for nonmembers. Register here.
Nominations accepted for IAAO Awards, Fellows
   IAAO is accepting nominations for its Awards Program and Fellows Program through May 1. The Awards Program boasts a number of categories recognizing individual and organizational achievements in several areas, including publications, technical expertise, and service to IAAO. Award winners and Fellow selections will be recognized at the IAAO Annual Conference in Salt Lake City.
   The Awards Program is a highly visible event and all IAAO members and affiliated organizations are encouraged to submit nominations.
   Fellow nominees are brought forth by the IAAO membership each year and submitted during the awards nominations period. Read more on the Fellows program, and also all IAAO awards.
Appraisal Foundation accepting applications
for its Board of Trustees
   The Appraisal Foundation is accepting applications for the Board of Trustees. There are five at-large seats the Board is looking to fill, including seats designated for a consumer representative, an academic, and a state-licensed or certified appraiser not affiliated with an Appraisal Sponsor of the Foundation. This Board plays a critical role in the management of The Appraisal Foundation and makes possible the work of the two independent boards responsible for writing standards and qualifications for the appraisal profession. The application deadline is March 1. Contact Boards and Councils Program Manager Arika James should you have any questions at arika@appraisalfoundation.org.
Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria draft released
   The first exposure draft of proposed changes to the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria has been released for public comment by The Appraisal Foundation. This exposure draft would make fair housing a required component of an appraiser's qualifying and continuing education.
  The Appraiser Qualifications Board is now accepting all public comments until March 13. To submit a comment, click here, and the AQB will review your feedback. Appraiser Qualifications Board Chair Brad Swinney and Vice President of Appraisal Issues Lisa Desmarais will host a webinar to discuss the exposure draft at 1 p.m. Eastern on March 1. Register here to attend the webinar.
Hot topic: Bonuses for designations
  IAAO Connect members are talking about staff pay raises for earning IAAO designations. Read more

Illinois governor: NFL’s Bears are a ‘private business,’ and don’t need taxpayer money

   The Chicago Bears are getting blocked by the state of Illinois.
   Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he wasn’t in favor of a plan that would provide tax relief for the team regarding its proposed stadium and development in Arlington Heights. State Sen. Ann Gillespie, who represents Arlington Heights, filed a bill that would freeze the team’s property assessment for up to 40 years. “I love the Bears,” said Pritzker, “but it is a private business, and I honestly do not think the public has an obligation to fund, in this major way, a private business.”
   The Bears are intent on moving to the town northwest of Chicago after agreeing to buy the Arlington Heights Racetrack in 2021 for $197 million. The team is planning a $5 billion entertainment district centered around a $2.2 billion domed stadium. Read more

This is how much money Airbnb hosts make a year, ranked by state

   If you thought renting out your property on Airbnb would only get you a little extra pocket money, well, you might want to look at the actual numbers. Tipalti, an accounting software company, just released data about the average annual earnings that Airbnb hosts make around the world, and the US is at the top of the list. With an average of $44,235 per year, the U.S. hosts flaunt the highest average annual earnings.
   Second place goes to Australian hosts, who make an average of $27,988 per year, while those renting out properties in the U.K. earn the third spot taking in $22,196 per year on average. Read more

Dallas property appraisal website is back from crippling attack, but appraisals delayed

   It is back from the dead! The website of DCAD — the Dallas Central Appraisal District — is almost fully recovered from a devastating ransomware attack last November that shut down the functionality of the appraisal district's computer systems.
   Officials there suspect an overseas outfit called Royal Ransomware is responsible. They say the FBI is investigating. Read more

New legislation takes aim at Cook County’s delinquent property tax system

   A pair of bills backed by the Cook County Treasurer’s Office aim to reduce the burden on taxpayers behind on their property taxes and crack down on private investors who profit from the sale of delinquent taxes.
   The legislation would reduce the amount of interest on late property tax payments and close a loophole in the state’s tax code that causes local governments to lose millions of dollars each year to private investors. Read more
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