Former Montana revenue director calls state’s property tax system ‘rigged’ and ‘broken’
   Homeowners and renters in Montana are about to experience the largest property tax increase in history — and it’s by design, said Dan Bucks, former head of the Montana Department of Revenue.
   They’ll pay nearly $200 million more altogether, Bucks said. On the other hand, he said, large entities such as telecommunications companies received a tax break last year of about half that amount, or $107 million.
   And Bucks said large entities’ tax breaks are growing.
   “I spent more years as director of revenue than anyone else, and I’ll tell you that the system is rigged and broken,” he said. “And we need a constitutional case to bring back fairness and equity in taxation if the legislature won’t do it.” Read more
Lahaina residents worry a rebuilt town could slip into the hands of affluent outsiders
   A fast-moving wildfire that incinerated much of the compact coastal settlement on Maui last week has multiplied concerns that any homes rebuilt there will be targeted at affluent outsiders seeking a tropical haven.
   That would turbo-charge what is already one of Hawaii’s gravest and biggest challenges: the exodus and displacement of Native Hawaiian and local-born residents who can no longer afford to live in their homeland. Read more
Bernalillo County assessor increases downtown property values
   Despite its best efforts, the city of Albuquerque still has vacancies downtown, an area the city has tried to revitalize for years. Bernalillo County Assessor Damian Lara is among those trying. His plan focuses on increasing the assessed value of abandoned buildings.
   “Looking at them through the best and highest use, we increased valuations of properties across Bernalillo County, but most of them in the downtown area,” Lara said. Read more
2023 annual conference just days away
  More than 1,200 people have registered for the IAAO Annual Conference Aug. 27-30 in Salt Lake City, and online registration is still open.
   More than 60 sessions are on tap. Full details, including session titles, times, and speakers are available on Research Exchange and the mobile app. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn more than 10 hours of continuing education credit. An optional Sunday workshop (below) offers additional CE hours.
   Also, nearly 50 exhibitors will be on hand in the Exhibit Hall during the conference.
   When at the conference, look for volunteers wearing the conference shirts if you need help finding your way around. Remember to stop by the Exhibit Hall on Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. for the Networking Hour, sponsored by PwC. Also take part in the Exhibit Hall Park Pass Contest, sponsored by Patriot Properties Inc., for a chance to win an iPad Pro.
Conference mobile app now available to attendees
   IAAO has created a mobile app for the upcoming annual conference and the app is now available to download to your phone.
   Attendees and exhibitors received an email with a link to download the app, or you may download the Cvent Events app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. After you download the app, search for "2023 IAAO Annual Conference."
   Use the IAAO Mobile App to stay up to date with the latest schedule information, receive conference updates and announcements, develop your own personal schedule, and connect with other attendees. This year there is also a QR code in the app you can use to scan into sessions or use the QR code on your badge.
Get a professional headshot at the conference
   Do you need a professional portrait for your website, social media, or speaking engagement? At the 2023 Annual Conference, you can swap out that dated photo for a professional headshot in exchange for a donation of $20 to any of the IAAO Scholarship Funds.
   The headshots will be taken at the Headshot Booth (#236) from noon-2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, and from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29.
   You can sign up in advance at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084fa8af28a1fb6-professional#/ or stop by the booth at the conference. Don’t delay because spots are limited. Digital payment or checks accepted. Cash cannot be accepted. All photos are digital and will be delivered via email without touchups.
Last call for USPAP workshop offered at conference
IAAO is offering Workshop 191 on Sunday, Aug. 27, in Salt Lake City before the start of the IAAO Annual Conference.
   The workshop is a national seven-hour USPAP Update offered for continuing education for licensure and certification through The Appraisal Foundation. The workshop provides a general overview of USPAP guidelines, advisory opinions, statements, and other appraisal practices.
  Conference registration is not required. The cost is $229 for members and $339 for nonmembers. The USPAP textbook is included. Register as part of conference registration or register here.
Registration opens for Legal Seminar in Louisville
   Registration is open for the 2023 IAAO Legal Seminar, set for Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.
   The theme for the seminar is "Assessing the New Norm" and attendees will hear from industry experts on legal topics of interest to members of the assessment and property tax industry.
  Continuing legal education credits (CLEs) will be available and if requested, IAAO will seek approval for continuing legal education credits from states. The amount of CLE credit available may vary by state. Requests for CLE credit must be made no later than Oct. 1.
   Attendees may register online or submit a paper form with payment. Fees are $550 for IAAO members and $750 for nonmembers until Sept. 30. From Oct. 1 to Nov. 20 fees increase to $660 for members and $900 for nonmembers. After Nov. 20, the onsite registration rate is $790 for members and $1,080 for nonmembers. Read more.
Submit presentations for 2024 GIS/Val Tech Conference
   IAAO and URISA are accepting submissions until Sept. 22 for keynotes, workshops, and presentations at the 2024 GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, April 8-11 at the Le Meridien/Sheraton Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.
    The Conference Planning Committee is soliciting educational content and instructors for full and half-day conference workshops.
   Conference workshops are scheduled on Monday, April 8, and Thursday afternoon, April 11 (new this year). The Exhibit Hall will be open Tuesday and Wednesday and sessions conclude at noon on Thursday, April 11. Program topics will be in three areas: GIS Technologies, Modeling and Valuation, and Leadership and Management. See the Call for Presentations page for more information.
Hot topic: Assessing AirBnbs
  IAAO Connect members are talking about the best methods for assessing AirBnb properties. Read more
With property valuations skyrocketing, Nebraska governor appoints group to consider reforms
   With valuations of homes skyrocketing, and farmers still smarting over a steep rise in agricultural land values, Gov. Jim Pillen is forming a “working group” to look at reforming the state’s property valuation system.
   It might lead to caps on valuation increases, or automatic “rate rollbacks” of property tax increases when valuations spike, observers said. Read more
‘Your theater is in jeopardy ...’ Plymouth’s Penn Theatre battles city over property tax
  Leaders for the iconic Penn Theatre nonprofit group in Plymouth, Michigan, are asking for community support as a battle over property taxes heats up, leaving the theater’s future in the balance.
  The theater has been paying property taxes — about $25,000 annually — since the nonprofit Friends of the Penn group leased the building and took over care of the theater, saving it from demolition, in the early 2000s. Read more
Detroit mayor proposes shift from property
to land value taxation
  Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan recently proposed raising the city’s tax on vacant or undeveloped land while reducing taxes on buildings by 30%. The hope is his proposed land value tax (LVT) — that is, a tax on the value of land instead of what’s built on it — can help address some of the city’s economic woes, such as deteriorating neighborhoods and high property taxes. Read more
People are starting to return to San Francisco offices
   Downtown San Francisco’s corporate offices have struggled in comparison with other major American cities, contributing to broader anxieties over the so-called downtown “doom loop."
   A new report  found, however, that San Francisco has bounced back in a key way — seeing the largest year-over-year increase in office visits of any American city. Read more
Illinois governor signs bill designed to revamp property tax sale system that fueled ‘urban decay’
   An effort to revamp Cook County’s property tax scavenger sale system and close loopholes that fueled disinvestment in communities home to Black and Latino residents is now law.
   The legislation signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker was prompted by “Maps of Inequality: From Redlining to Urban Decay and the Black Exodus,” a study Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas’ office released in July 2022. Read more
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Golden, Colorado
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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Kissimmee, Florida
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Marietta, Georgia
• Real Property Appraiser 3 or 4, Cobb County Board of Tax Assessors See more
Brighton, Colorado
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Portland, Maine
• Director of Regional Assessing, Cumberland County Government See more
Brookfield, Wisconsin
• Deputy City Assessor, City of Brookfield See more
Regina, SK, Canada
• City Assessor, City of Regina See more
Nashville, Tennessee
• Commercial Appeals Appraiser, Metro Govt of Nashville and Davidson County See more
Orlando, Florida
• Appraiser Analyst III, Commercial Valuations, Orange County Property Appraiser See more
McKinney, Texas
• Commercial Staff Appraiser, Collin Central Appraisal District See more
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