Oregon property tax breaks go largely to Big Tech, with varied results and unintended consequences
   Oregon awards hundreds of millions of dollars in property tax breaks every year, incentives that go overwhelmingly to large tech companies and produce uneven results for the state.
Tax incentives for manufacturers provide a boost to Oregon’s economy, according to an analysis commissioned last year by the state’s economic development agency.
   But tax breaks for data centers are money losers, the report found, giving away more than they bring in from personal income taxes. Read more
   Portugal announced a hefty package of measures to tackle a housing crisis, including the end of its controversial "Golden Visa" scheme and a ban on new licenses for Airbnbs and other short-term holiday rentals.
   Rents and house prices have skyrocketed in Portugal, which is among the poorest countries in Western Europe.
   Last year, more than 50% of workers earned less than 1,000 euros per month while in Lisbon alone, rents jumped 37% in 2022. Read more
Seeking to cement a tax exemption for faculty housing on its campus, Stanford University on Monday filed a lawsuit against Santa Clara County, contending that these residences should be treated like other educational buildings. The complaint pertains to the roughly 900 dwellings in a 450-acre area behind campus. Composed of 691 single-family homes and 222 condominiums, these residences are reserved for Stanford faculty, who, like other homeowners, are responsible for paying their property taxes. Read more
From left: IAAO Vice President Donna VanderVries, CAE, AAS, PPS; Past President Wade Patterson; President-Elect/Treasurer Rebecca Malmquist, CAE; Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement Compliance, FHEO, HUD, and Executive Director, PAVE Melody Taylor; President Patrick Alesandrini, CAE, RES; and Executive Director Debra McGuire, MBA, IOM, CAE.
IAAO meets with industry reps in Washington, D.C.
   IAAO spoke with leaders from eight organizations in Washington, DC during a series of meetings on Feb. 16-18 to review areas of common interests and to discuss future mutual opportunities.
   Members of the IAAO Executive Committee and Executive Director Debra McGuire, MBA, IOM, CAE, took part in meetings with senior leadership of the representatives of the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, the National Association of Realtors, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, The Appraisal Foundation, the Appraisal Subcommittee, and the World Bank.
Webinar: Using mobile tech to improve efficiency
   There are many minor adjustments you can make to your operations to improve productivity and efficiency, but none match the impact of applying a seamlessly integrated mobile solution. Eliminating paper, data prep time for fieldwork, and duplicate data entry has fundamentally changed the way assessors do business.
   IAAO will offer a webinar “Using Mobile Technology to Improve Productivity, Efficiency” at noon Central time on Wednesday, March 29. The webinar will be presented by W.A. (Pete) Rodda, CAE, RES, FIAAO, and it is eligible for 1.5 CEU hours. The rate is $55 for IAAO members and $77 for nonmembers. Register here.
Discover tech solutions at GIS/Val Tech in Las Vegas
   Discover technology solutions to support your agency’s goals for accuracy and efficiency at the 26th GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, April 3-6 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort.
   Attend the conference, co-hosted by IAAO and URISA, to learn about and discuss the importance of data and the analysis of location information for better decision-making within a jurisdiction. The conference features keynote speakers, workshops, breakout sessions, sponsorship opportunities, and an exhibit hall. Optional workshops on mapping, modeling, parcel fabric management, and AVMS are among those available and will provide deep dives into a number of important topics. Check out the conference website for more information.
March is IAAO Membership Madness! Refer members and win
   It's referral season! Refer a new member in March and you and that new member will be entered into the IAAO Membership Madness bracket for the chance to receive one FREE IAAO Self-Study Course and a bundle of IAAO swag.
   Each IAAO Membership Madness matchup will be decided by a coin flip. All coin flips, including the winner of the final bracket, will be revealed on YouTube and Facebook Live at 10 a.m. Central on Monday, April 3.
    IAAO Membership Madness bracket entries are reserved for the first 32 IAAO members who refer a new member, as well as the new member they refer, between March 1 and March 31.
   For current members to be eligible, the new member must include the current IAAO member’s name on their application. One entry per IAAO member.  To refer a member, have the new member include your name on the membership application form at www.iaao.org/memberapp.
IAAO Conference registration opens in April
  Registration for the IAAO Annual Conference, Aug. 27-30 in Salt Lake City, will open in April. The Annual Conference is 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 choices, roundtable talks, and panel discussions 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.
Applications open for mentorship program
   IAAO’s new mentorship program, Value in Exchange, offers opportunities for individuals interested in being a mentor or mentee and is now accepting applications. Benefits of mentoring include becoming a better listener, learning how to deliver feedback, and paying it forward.
   Benefits for mentees include learning to self-reflect, learning from others, and having an advocate. IAAO members interested in participating as mentors and/or mentees are encouraged to apply at learn.iaao.org/apply.
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.
Hot topic: Classifying short-term rental properties
  IAAO Connect members are talking about whether short-term rentals should be classified as residential properties or as  commercial properties. Read more

Walmart criticized over ‘dark store’ tactic; accused of harming communities

   With a recent court ruling, some municipalities have scored a big win against nationwide chains like Walmart reportedly looking to get out of paying local taxes. The ruling focuses on the so-called "dark store loophole" in Wisconsin, which has allowed corporations like Walmart, Lowe's, and Menards to significantly cut their property tax valuations.
   But an opinion recently issued by the Wisconsin Supreme Court could shake things up after it sided with the municipalities against the corporations. Read more

West Virginia natural gas property tax issues cause more headaches

   For the third year in a row, the way West Virginia handles property tax assessments for oil and natural gas-producing property is coming under scrutiny, and both royalty owners and county officials are livid. Read more
Iowa governor signs bill resolving property tax error
   Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed a law reversing the state's 2021 property tax legislation. The 2021 legislation inadvertently increased property tax contributions to Iowa's school finances by about $21.4 million annually, beginning in fiscal year 2024, and decreased the state aid appropriation by that amount, SF 181’s fiscal note said. Read more

Tarrant Appraisal District chair resigns following recall vote
   Kathryn Wilemon resigned from her spot as the chair of the Tarrant (Texas) Appraisal District board a day after the city of Keller initiated a recall of her position during the Feb. 21 council meeting.
   Keller Mayor Armin Mizani confirmed she resigned from the position the following morning, he wrote in a social media post. Read more
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