to 17% tax hike for residents
    The Philadelphia suburb of Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, might have to raise taxes by nearly 17% all because it claims the parent company of Taylor Hospital hasn't paid more than $400,000 in taxes and fees.    
   “17%? That's a big hike,” Mike Daly said. Daly had a hard time understanding his neighbors would be expected to foot a nearby hospital's unpaid tax bill. “It's not 2%, 3%,” he said. “It's 17%. It was kind of disheartening. Our taxes are high for everyone.”
   The borough claims Taylor Hospital and its parent company, Prospect Medical Holdings, haven't paid this year’s taxes. Borough council president Dane Collins said the hospital is the borough's single largest taxable property, and its decision to not pay taxes is having a negative ripple effect. Read more
Minnesota counties stand to lose millions after court ruling
   From his farmhouse east of Hibbing, Darrin DeMars can see the 32 acres the government took from him.
   The field, once pasture for his cattle, was seized by St. Louis County in 2017 after DeMars failed to pay $1,500 in property taxes.
   DeMars said he didn’t know about the tax bill until he saw a county employee taking photos of the property for auction in 2020.
   The county sold the land for about $33,000 later that year. Read more
Judge hands 49ers a $180 million property tax cut for Levi’s Stadium
   The NFL's San Francisco 49ers have rushed for a $180 million win in the team’s appeal for a property tax cut for its lease at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
   A Santa Clara County judge has approved a property tax cut of $180 million for the NFL team for more than 30 years left on its lease for the stadium at 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, citing court records.
   Superior Court Judge Helen Williams rejected a lawsuit filed by Santa Clara County Assessor Lawrence Stone. Read more
IAAO accepting topic proposals for the 2024
Annual Conference
   IAAO is accepting presentation proposals for the 2024 Annual Conference.
   The deadline is Jan. 31 to submit proposals for the education sessions offered at the 2024 Annual Conference, set for Aug. 25-28 in Denver.
   If you have experienced situations or processes that could benefit other IAAO members, please consider submitting an educational session for the conference. Sessions that provide unique experiences are encouraged. The 2023 post-conference survey respondents asked that presentation areas include:
  •  Leadership and management
  •  GIS
  •  AI
  •  Complex commercial property, special use property, and personal property.
   The Call for Presentations page is now open at www.iaao/Denver24. Information on submission guidelines is also online.
IPTI, IAAO seeking session topic proposals
for virtual appraisal symposium
   The International Property Tax Institute and the International Association of Assessing Officers will present a joint (virtual) Mass Appraisal Valuation Symposium (MAVS 2024) on June 26-27, 2024, and are soliciting program topics for the symposium.
   The theme of the virtual MAVS is “Challenges and Opportunities,” and IPTI and IAAO are inviting potential speakers to let us know if you would like to be included in the program.
   Use the online application at www.iaao.org/mavspresent24 to submit the presenter information, topic, and a short synopsis of the proposed topic. The deadline to submit topic proposals is Feb. 2.
Registration now open for GIS/Val Tech
   Registration is open for the 2024 GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, April 8-11 at the Le Meridien/Sheraton Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. Early bird registration will continue through Feb. 12.
   Additional workshops have been set up this year and the optional pre- and post-conference workshops will provide deep dives into many important topics.
   The GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference for professionals in property assessment, tax administration, mapping, and information technology has been the favorite annual event for assessors and GIS professionals who use technology to make property assessment and tax administration more accurate and efficient for a quarter of a century. See the GIS page for more info.
Membership renewals deadline is Dec. 31
   The deadline for IAAO membership dues renewals for 2024 is Dec. 31 and members whose dues are not billed to their firm can pay online or use the invoice that was emailed or mailed.
IAAO HQ holiday office hours
   IAAO Headquarters will be closed Friday, Dec. 22, in observance of Christmas Eve; Monday, Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas Day; and Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, for New Year's Day.
Hot topic: Remote working
   IAAO Connect members are talking about remote jobs in mass appraisal. Read more
Disney World sues over its property taxes, arguing they are ‘excessive’
   Last month, Disney reminded the public it paid $3.1 billion in state and local taxes, according to a company-commissioned economic impact study highlighting how valuable the Mouse is to Florida.
   Walt Disney Parks and Resorts filed about a dozen lawsuits last week against the Orange County property appraiser as it contests the 2023 tax assessments for its four theme parks, several hotels, and other properties in Central Florida.
   Disney wants the tax bills canceled, to get new, lower bills, and to be reimbursed for legal fees. Disney has been regularly suing over its tax bills since 2015. Read more
Leana Mann confirmed as next chief appraiser
for Travis County, Texas
   The Travis Central Appraisal District Board of Directors today confirmed Leana Mann as the District’s next Chief Appraiser. Mann currently serves as the District’s Deputy Chief Appraiser.
   Mann has previously served as a staff accountant, finance and facilities director, and deputy chief of operations. Mann will succeed Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler, who will be retiring in early 2024 after more than 33 years with the district. Read more
What Microsoft’s Atlanta campus can teach us about corporate tax avoidance
   This is part three of an Atlanta Civic Circle series examining whether the city of Atlanta, Atlanta Public Schools, and Fulton County are losing significant property tax revenue from an assessment gap for commercial properties. Read more
Interactive map shows which housing markets have a growing supply of new houses
   While permit activity for new home construction has dipped from the height of the pandemic housing boom, with permits in October 2023 dropping 13% below October 2021 levels, the homebuilding sector remains steady.
   Despite deteriorated housing affordability, and mortgage rates hitting the 8% mark this fall (before falling this month), October 2023 witnessed a level of permit issuance comparable to that of pre-pandemic October 2019, according to the most recent data. Read more

Housing crisis could be the death knell
for America’s middle class
Middle-class households are being priced out of the housing market amid high mortgage rates and spiking prices, making it increasingly difficult for them to build wealth. Some financial experts say it's an environment that could lead to the end of the American middle-class dream of owning a home. Read more
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