A hospital’s revoked property tax exemption is a ‘warning shot’ to other nonprofits, expert says
   A Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judge recently revoked a Southeastern Pennsylvania hospital’s property tax exemption and denied appeals regarding three others, decisions that one expert said should serve as a “warning shot” for nonprofit facilities statewide.
   In response to a case brought by the Pottstown School District, Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon found that the nonprofit Tower Health system was operating a Montgomery County hospital with the motive of profit. She also upheld rulings that three Chester County hospitals owned by Tower Health aren’t eligible for property tax exemptions. Read more
on two forestry mills
   J.D. Irving Ltd.'s paper mill in east Saint John and Twin Rivers pulp mill in Edmundston have qualified for up to $700,000 in property tax refunds covering the last two years, after Service New Brunswick reversed itself on assessment increases it gave the two mills in 2021.
   Saint John City Councillor Gerry Lowe said he is stunned to hear about the reductions because the original 2021 assessment increases on the mills appeared 'bulletproof.' Read more
To reassess or not to reassess? Property tax mess awaits next Allegheny County exec
   The thorny issue of property tax assessments has challenged Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald at both ends of his 12 years in office, culminating in a 2022 lawsuit that exposed the county for using flawed math to calculate many tax bills.
   A new county executive will decide what’s next for an assessment system with damaged credibility. Fitzgerald is term-limited from running for re-election and will leave office in January. Read more
IAAO Launch Pad kickoff meeting is March 22
   The new IAAO Launch Pad, which replaces the U40 group, will have an online kickoff meeting at noon Central on March 22. Look forward to an interactive and productive networking hub and come ready to build relationships and plot the trajectory of IAAO Launch Pad and the future leaders of IAAO.
   Launch Pad will now be the first step for career advancement, engagement, networking, and organizational onboarding. This shift in focus is not just a renaming but a new comprehensive approach to leave no person behind, and no member disengaged. Register here.
PCS can help you bridge the gap
   Does it feel like your appraisal office lacks the necessary personnel to perform the duties assigned to your office?
   If so, you may want to consider having an analysis done to review not only your staffing levels, but your overall processes and procedures to ensure your office adheres to IAAO Standards.
   PCS offers a comprehensive Gap Analysis, that covers the key areas of your jurisdiction. See the IAAO PCS website at https://www.iaao.org/pcs.
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 and 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.
GIS conference keynotes by Zillow researcher,
Las Vegas mayor to focus on housing market

   The featured speakers selected for the GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, April 3-6 in Las Vegas, are Zillow researcher Andy Krause, Ph.D., and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.
   They will address changes and disruptions in the housing market. The conference will take place at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort. The conference is a favorite annual event for assessors and GIS professionals who apply technology to make property assessment and tax administration more accurate and efficient for a quarter of a century.
   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.
IAAO seeking additional assessor on staff
   Are you seeking your next opportunity in mass appraisal, to lead and support a large, diverse global community by providing extraordinary service and instilling best practices in assessment administration?
   If so, IAAO invites you to apply to our assessor position. Focused on providing analysis of jurisdictions based on IAAO Standards and best practices, IAAO seeks an initiative-taking, member/customer-centric leader who has a strong background on all things assessment administration and mass appraisal.
   The ideal candidate is a visionary with the ability to execute actionable plans which positively impact individuals and the industry.
   Innovative and creative, the ideal candidate should also possess high-level communication skills, along with demonstrable analytical and technical abilities, especially in assessment administration and mass appraisal. Apply here.
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.
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.
County assessors assess the assessors HQ
   A pair of assessors from the Jackson County (Missouri) Assessment Department paid a visit this week to IAAO Headquarters in downtown Kansas City.
   They stopped by to gather information and measurements, and also to admire the home of IAAO HQ, the historic Adler Building, which was built in 1908.
Hot topic: Disaster area designations
  IAAO Connect members are talking about COVID-19 and abatement for destroyed property. Read more  
Poll: Most Iowans favor property tax cuts, eliminating personal income tax
   Majorities of Iowans favor cutting property taxes and gradually eliminating the state’s individual income tax, according to a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll.
   Fifty-eight percent of Iowans say they favor initiatives to “cut property taxes, limiting what local governments could spend on services.” Thirty-four percent are opposed and 8% are not sure. Read more
Australia has taken a ‘light touch’ with Airbnb. Could stronger regulations ease the housing crisis?
   The current housing crisis has renewed debates about how to regulate short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb. The international research on the impact of these rentals is clear: when landlords “host” tourists rather than residents, housing supply is depleted, rents rise and neighborhoods change. Read more
Shelby County Assessor's Office says Blight Authority should lose tax-exempt status
   The Shelby County Assessor’s Office wants to remove the tax-exempt status of a city of Memphis entity, the Blight Authority of Memphis.
The Blight Authority of Memphis (BAM) is a quasi-governmental entity established by the city that operates a land bank, seeking to convert vacant and abandoned properties into productive use. Currently, those properties are not taxed.
   But an internal memorandum from the Assessor’s Office says BAM has not been providing the Assessor’s Office with adequate information about its properties, leaving the Assessor unable to determine whether BAM deserves to continue with its tax-exempt status. Read more

Real estate tax reform bill seen to make property valuation market-driven
   A proposed law reforming real estate taxation in the Philippines will make property valuation more market-driven through a government database, a finance official said on Thursday.   
   Finance Undersecretary Maria Cielo D. Magno, speaking at a Senate ways and means committee hearing, said under the proposed Real Property Valuation and Assessment Reform Act, local government assessors will use market data as basis for setting the valuations and the corresponding tax rates. Read more
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• Deputy Appraisal Director, Franklin County Auditor's Office See more
Washington, D.C.
• Director, Real Property Tax Administration, Office of the Chief Financial Officer See more
Kissimmee, Florida
• Residential Field Appraiser, Osceola County Property Appraiser's Office See more
Nashville, Tennessee
• Commercial Appeals Appraiser, Metro Gov't of Nashville and Davidson County See more
McKinney, Texas
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Palmer, Alaska
• Appraiser III, Matanuska-Susitna Borough See more
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