Short-term rental owners strongly oppose Colorado’s proposed property tax plan
   Colorado lawmakers got an earful Tuesday from short-term rental owners on a proposal to classify many of their homes as commercial properties and impose a much higher tax rate.
   The legislation would roughly quadruple property taxes for tens of thousands of short-term rental homes in Colorado. It drew fiery testimony from more than 80 speakers at Tuesday’s hearing of the Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning Tax Policy, which voted to advance the bill to the full legislature in January. Read more
Realtors must pay home sellers $1.8 billion for inflating commissions
   The National Association of Realtors and several real estate companies were ordered to pay $1.8 billion in damages after a federal jury in Missouri ruled that they conspired to artificially inflate brokerage commissions.
   Other defendants in the case include Keller Williams and Berkshire Hathaway’s HomeService of America. The verdict came after a two-week trial in federal court in Kansas City.
   Plaintiffs claimed the association and other defendants colluded to drive up the commission that sellers pay to brokers representing home buyers. Read more
   Gwinnett County, Georgia, officials announced last week that they will not use eminent domain after all to take more than 10 acres of land that has belonged to a Black family in south Gwinnett for more than 100 years.
   The decision to not to go through the courts to force the Livsey family into selling two properties comes after a public backlash. After news broke that the county planned to use eminent domain to take the land, it was quickly panned on social media. Read more
IAAO elections now underway
   IAAO Board of Director elections started Wednesday and will end on Nov. 15. Regular members as of Oct. 1 are eligible to vote and should have received an email from Intelliscan Inc. on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Regular members who did not receive a ballot by Thursday, Nov. 2, should contact John Arbitell at johnarbitell@intelliscaninc.com or call 610-935-6176.
   The following candidates are on the ballot.
•    President-Elect — Donna VanderVries, CAE, AAS, PPS (Michigan)
•    Vice President — William Healey, RES (Maine)
•    Region 1 — Allen Jolley (California); Douglas P. Warr, AAS (Oklahoma)
•    Region 2 — Lloyd Funk, CAE (Manitoba); Timothy Hall Sr. (Alabama); Samuel A. Walker, AAS, RES (Wisconsin); Virginia R. Whipple, AAS (Indiana)
•    Region 3 — Opal B. Hudson, CFE, CPM (Florida); Kevin Prine, MPA, RES, AAS, RAA, GAA, MNAA (Virginia)
Next WINing Conversation on Nov. 14 on Mental Health and Self Care
   Join the Women's Initiative Network on the next WIN'ing Conversation as Monica Moore, Staff Development Specialist of the Durham County (North Carolina) Tax Administration office talks on Mental Health and Self Care. Conversations are free, and all are welcome. Register here.
IAAO accepting topics for 2024 research grant
   IAAO is accepting research topics submissions for the 2024 Richard Almy Research Grant Program. IAAO members, along with students and faculty, are eligible to submit proposals.
   The Richard Almy Research Grant Program, formerly called the Academic Partnership Program, provides financial support for IAAO members, students, and faculty to complete research in areas related to property appraisal, assessment administration, and property tax policy. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2024.
   All IAAO members, graduate/postgraduate students, and faculty at accredited colleges/universities are eligible to apply. Funding for each approved project will be between $2,500 and $5,000. Grants are awarded for one year. Apply at www.iaao.org/researchgrant.
2024 Instructor Evaluation Workshop set for March in Massachusetts
  The next IAAO in-person Instructor Evaluation Workshop will take place March 25-27, 2024, in Southbridge, Massachusetts. The three-day event is open to qualifying IAAO members.
   Those who pass the IEW audition will be considered a junior IAAO instructor and able to teach in the live classroom. Anyone who speaks a second language fluently or with a high degree of proficiency is encouraged to apply.
   Learn more about the IEW and apply here. Spots are limited, and the deadline to apply is Jan. 19, 2024.
Check out sessions in upcoming Legal Seminar, set for Louisville
   Registration is under way for the 2023 IAAO Legal Seminar, set for Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.
   Attendees will hear from industry experts on legal topics of interest to members of the assessment and property tax industry. The theme for the seminar is “Assessing the New Norm” and a list of sessions and speakers is now available in the brochure.
   You can register online or submit a paper form with payment. Read more.
Fighting cybercrime is the topic of November business partner webinar
   Fighting Back Against Cybercrime will be the subject of a webinar by IAAO Strategic Business Partner Tyler Technologies at noon Central on Wednesday, Nov. 8. The webinar will review how sophisticated cyberattacks targeted at state, local, and federal government organizations and school districts place all concerned parties on high alert.
   In this webinar, hear from cybersecurity expert Tim Walsh, who will discuss how agencies can approach the way they think about cybersecurity — from innovative and strategic resource usage to effective application, detection, and response mechanisms to ensure the security of data and high-valued assets. Register here.
Hear about Farragut’s property tax solutions during Nov. 9 webinar
   Find out how to harness the full potential of your office and data with Farragut's suite of tailored property tax solutions by attending a webinar by IAAO Strategic Business Partner Farragut.
   From their business intelligence solution to CAMA solution to billing and collections, come experience how to empower your team to extract valuable insights, streamline operations, and make confident data-driven decisions.
   The webinar, Unleash the Power of Tailored Solutions: Maximize Your Office and Data Potential, will be offered at 1 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Nov. 9. Register here.
Hot topic: CAMA software
   IAAO Connect members are talking about income model software. Read more
Changing valuation of farmland to
income-producing capability is wrong, prof says
   Adopting a new system of valuing agricultural land in Nebraska based on its income-producing capability was recently panned as a possible solution to the state’s traditionally high property taxes.
   John Anderson, an economics professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said that adopting a “use/value” approach in valuing ag land — as advocated by Gov. Jim Pillen in the 2023 legislative session — doesn’t result in a significant change compared to the current market-value approach except near big cities. Read more
How data centers are evolving to meet AI demand
   While much focus has justifiably been placed on how AI will transform companies, careers, and communications, none of it is possible without an infrastructure that’s made to meet the increasing demand.
   Simply put, data centers and edge networks enable the magic that emerges from AI applications. They do so by using high-performance computing (HPC) clusters, which are made up of multiple servers connected through high-speed networks that allow for parallel processing and fast training times. Read more
Trial set for Walmart’s assessment dispute
in Sturgeon Bay
   A three-day trial has been scheduled for September 2024 in Door County, Wisconsin, Circuit Court to consider a civil suit brought by Walmart against the city of Sturgeon Bay.
   Walmart is seeking to lower the assessed value of three parcels. Read more
Millions in Hells Angels cash poured into Ontario real estate, court documents show
   Members of the Hells Angels biker gang put millions gained from an underground gambling ring into cash, cars, a motorcycle and even waterfront land they hoped to develop, according to allegations in court documents. Read more

Chicago’s north suburban homeowners seeing biggest property tax increase in 30 years
   After months of delay, nearly 1.8 million property tax bills for Cook County home and business owners are landing in mailboxes this week, and many homeowners in the north and northwest suburbs are in for jarring news.
   A new analysis from county Treasurer Maria Pappas’ research team found the median residential tax bill there increased by 15.7%, according to the report, “the largest percentage increase in the last 30 years.” Read more
Home prices hit another record high in August
   Home prices finished the summer at another record high as home affordability tanked to a historical low. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index increased 0.9% in August month over month and 2.6% annually on a seasonally adjusted basis. The index has risen for seven consecutive months and hit an all-time index high in August. Read more
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