Florida Supreme Court backs county appraiser in homestead exemption fight
   Rejecting lower-court decisions, the Florida Supreme Court said a Sarasota man should not have received a homestead property-tax exemption for part of his house that he rented out.
   The Supreme Court unanimously sided with Sarasota County Property Appraiser Bill Furst, who in 2014 investigated whether Rod Rebholz should have been receiving a homestead exemption on what was described as a single-family home.
   Furst determined that 15% of the property was not entitled to a homestead exemption because it was being rented to a tenant. That resulted in Rebholz facing $7,000 in back taxes, penalties, and interest for the tax years 2004 through 2013. Read more
Colorado voters to decide in 2024 on expanding property tax exemption
   Colorado voters will decide on a constitutional amendment in 2024 that would expand the homestead property tax exemption for veterans with service-related disabilities.
   Currently, veterans in Colorado who are rated as 100 percent permanently disabled qualify for a homestead property tax exemption that exempts 50 percent of the first $200,000 of a property's actual value from property taxes. Read more
How a band of speculators seize deeds of Black-owned Brooklyn brownstones
   A group of four investors say they’re only helping the dispossessed get what’s due. But their actions have exploited family divisions — and relatives on both sides of the deals say they’ve been ripped off.
   An investigation found that the group has acquired or attempted to acquire fractional stakes in more than 50 properties, mostly in Brooklyn’s gentrifying historically Black and Latino neighborhoods, in some cases enriching themselves many times more than the heirs they profess to help. Read more
New communications standard released
for exposure

   A revised standard on communications has been approved by the IAAO Board of Directors for exposure to members for 30 days. The revised standard, Standard on Communications and Outreach, replaces the 2011 Standard on Public Relations and is a complete revision.
    The Standard examines the need for a well-planned, strategic communications program that provides practical recommendations for successfully implementing and maintaining information and communication with the public through proven marketing techniques and tools.
   Comments on the standard should be sent to IAAO Assessment Advisor Shannon Hiss, RES, RMA, at hiss@iaao.org. The comment period runs from April 19 to May 18, 2023.
April 26 webinar: Income approach techniques
in small jurisdictions

   In small jurisdictions (20,000 parcels or less), using the income approach can be a challenge. IAAO’s April webinar, “You’re Never Too Small: Income Approach Techniques in Small Jurisdictions,” will review techniques and strategies for gathering income and expense information, establishing cap rates, and building income models to value commercial properties.
   The webinar, set for noon Central on Wednesday, April 26, will be presented by Ryan Janzen, CAE, and is eligible for 1.5 CEU hours. The cost is $55 for IAAO members and $77 for nonmembers. Register here.
Deadline for IAAO Awards, Fellows is May 1
   IAAO is accepting nominations for its Awards Program and Fellows Program through May 1. The Awards Program boasts numerous 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.
   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.
‘Using Mobile Technology to Improve Productivity, Efficiency’ webinar is May 3
   Eliminating paper, data prep time for field work, and duplicate data entry has fundamentally changed the way we do business. There are many minor adjustments you can make to your operations to improve productivity and efficiency, but none can compare to the impact of implementing a seamlessly integrated mobile solution.
   IAAO’s webinar, “Using Mobile Technology to Improve Productivity & Efficiency,” is set for noon Central on Wednesday, May 3, will be presented by W.A. (Pete) Rodda, CAE, RES, FIAAO and is eligible for 1.5 CEU hours. The cost is $55 for IAAO members and $77 for nonmembers. Register here.
IAAO accepting submissions for Conference Exhibitor Showcase
   IAAO is now accepting submissions for the Exhibitor Showcase at the 2023 Annual Conference, August 27-30 in Salt Lake City and the submission deadline is June 21.
   The Exhibitor Showcase is an opportunity for conference exhibitors to provide live demos in a dedicated space just off the Exhibit Hall. Sessions will be 60 minutes in length and follow the start times of the education sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. See the Showcase page for more information.
   Registration for the conference and reservations at conference hotels can now be made.
   Attendees needing financial support to attend the conference can apply for scholarships, including the IAAO Diversity & Inclusion Conference Scholarship and the Barbara Brunner Scholarship. Check out the scholarship page.
Building high-performing teams the focus of Emerging Leaders’ Summit; registration now open
   Registration is open for the 2023 Emerging Leaders' Summit, “Building High-Performing Teams.” The ELS is designed to provide a powerful professional development opportunity for emerging leaders in the assessment industry.
   The program will be presented in three parts: webinars on July 18 and Aug. 15, and an in-person session at the IAAO Annual Conference in Salt Lake City. The third session will be recorded for those unable to attend. More information is at www.iaao.org/els.
Register for Mass Appraisal Valuation Symposium
   Registration is open for the virtual Mass Appraisal Valuation Symposium, set for June 21-22. The International Property Tax Institute (IPTI) and IAAO will present the virtual symposium covering “Valuing Properties in Uncertain Times.”
   Registration information is available at www.iaao.org/mavs23.
Hot topic: Mall converting to condos
  IAAO Connect members are talking about concerns regarding the “condominiumizing” of a portion of an existing commercial property. Read more
County moving forward with first property reassessment in 50 years
   Mercer County, Pennsylvania, commissioners recently opened bids for the first reassessment of property values throughout the county in more than a half century.
   The bids were from Vision Government Solutions and Tyler Technologies.
   Commissioner Scott Boyd said they will refer the bids to the solicitor and the tax office for review. Read more
Appraisal Institute letter to FHFA critical of Value Acceptance Program
   The Appraisal Institute on April 13 sent a letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Sandra Thompson that was critical of Fannie Mae’s “value acceptance” program.
   AI expressed its concerns about the program's potential effect on the valuation profession. Read more
   Florida homeowners can expect to see another spike in their insurance premiums as more insurers fail or leave the state.
   The Florida Insurance Guaranty Association (FIGA), which handles claims when insurance companies go insolvent, voted on March 31 to ask state regulators to collect a 1% emergency “assessment” to help cover claims from insurance companies that may or have become insolvent. Read more
Proposed tax break for Pennsylvania police, teachers, nurses gets criticism
   A top Republican state lawmaker is giving a withering assessment of a key element of Gov. Josh Shapiro's budget proposal, suggesting Monday that the Democrat's tax incentive to attract more people into Pennsylvania's ranks of police officers, nurses, and teachers will not pass the GOP-controlled Senate. Read more
Enfield residents, upset over assessments, target town manager
   Signs stating “Dump the Town Manager” have been appearing over the past few weeks on lawns of residents who are outraged by their tax assessments and what they say is the tax assessor’s partial treatment by the town’s top administrator. Read more
Longtime assessor sues town for age discrimination
   The town of Annsville, New York, is being sued for age discrimination by its assessor.
Randall Bowman, who has been the assessor there for approximately 46 years, contends that recent actions by the town have been aimed at forcing him to step down from his appointed position.
   In 2021, Bowman, who served as town supervisor for 12 years, said the supervisor and town board terminated his benefits, citing his eligibility for Medicare. These benefits included medical, dental, vision, prescription, and life insurance. Read more
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