‘Death of the mall is widely exaggerated’: Shopping malls see resurgence post-COVID, report shows
   The malls of America have begun to recover from the consumer exodus spurred on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
   Well, at least some of the malls have, according to a recent study from Coresight Research, which tracks consumer, retail, and tech trends.
   Since the lifting of restrictions and consumer behavior began returning to pre-pandemic normalcy, physical retail has bounced back, Coresight Research said. More stores opened in 2022 than closed – the first time that's happened since 2016 – and malls' sales grew more than 11% in 2022 to nearly $819 billion, the firm said in its “The State of the American Mall” report. Read more
Theater or nature conservancy? Shakespeare Festival’s conservation work raises property tax questions
   The Idaho Shakespeare Festival is more than just a place to see live theater: it’s a destination.
   In the roughly 20 years since the nonprofit set up shop in Boise, development hemmed closer and closer to the tranquil outdoor setting. This pushed the festival to buy land as a buffer to preserve space for performers and wildlife alike.
   But this foray into environmental conservation raised the eyebrows of the Ada County Commissioners. Read more
Colorado’s mountain town homeowners are tired of being cast as villains in the fight over short-term rentals
   Property owners are fighting back in Colorado mountain communities after two years of local leaders vying to ease a housing shortage by imposing caps, regulations, and taxes on short-term rentals.
  More than 100 homeowners sued the Summit County commissioners, calling a recently adopted rule that limits property owners to 35 bookings a year and a 2% tax “a blunderbuss response” of “successively more severe, wide-ranging, misguided and unlawful regulations.” Read more
Electric repairs to take IAAO website offline Sept. 15
   The IAAO website and access to online educational components may be limited on Friday, Sept. 15. Power to the IAAO building in Kansas City will be turned off to repair damage to the electrical connections.
   As part of the repairs, the casing for the main electrical wires into the building will be repaired and protective pillars around the wires will be installed to prevent future damage. Repairs are expected to start at 9 a.m. and should be complete by 3 p.m. Central.
Nearly 1,400 attend conference; photos available
   Nearly 1,400 attendees, speakers, and business partners attended the 2023 IAAO Annual Conference last week in Salt Lake City. IAAO is surveying attendees about the conference in preparation for the 2024 Annual Conference, Aug. 25-28 in Denver. Photos from the conference are available to view online. Read more.
IAAO announces 2023 Class of Fellows
   IAAO announced at the IAAO Annual Conference that seven industry leaders were selected for IAAO’s 2023 Class of Fellows.
   The IAAO Fellows title is awarded annually to recognize the best of the best within the industry’s ranks. The Fellows were recognized at the Closing Banquet at the IAAO Annual Conference in Salt Lake City. The IAAO Board approved the Fellows program in 2018 to recognize individuals who have dedicated their careers to the development of our profession and made exceptional contributions to the Association and the assessment industry.
The 2023 class of Fellows are:
   • August J. Dettbarn, FIAAO, Douglas County (Kansas) Appraiser's Office
   • Dorothy Jacks, AAS, FIAAO, Palm Beach County (Florida) Property Appraiser's Office
   • Darwin Kanius, CAE, FIAAO, Saskatchewan (Canada) Assessment Management Agency
   • Kim Lauffer, RES, FIAAO, Baldwin City, Kansas
   • Tina W. Stone, PPS, AAS, FIAAO, North Carolina Dept of Revenue, Local Govt. Div.
      Property Tax Section, Raleigh, North Carolina
   • Terry R. Taylor, CAE, RES, AAS, FIAAO, Orange County (Florida) Property Appraiser's
   • Bruce M. Woodzell, FIAAO, Vision Government Solutions Inc., Charlottesville, Virginia
Sept. 27 IAAO webinar on managing complex deed workflows
   You might be spending more hours on ownership transfers than you think.  After all, there is mapping work, exemptions review, mailings, sales qualifications, and various departments have to manage complex processes around each deed.
   Hear how Boulder County leveraged technology to go from being several months behind on transfers to fully caught up. The webinar, set for noon Central on Wednesday, Sept. 27, will be presented by Cindy Braddock and Will DeOreo and is eligible for 1.5 CEU hours. The cost is $55 for IAAO members and $77 for nonmembers. Register here.
Farragut to offer webinar in September on technology and property taxes
   In case you missed the discussion in Salt Lake City, join IAAO business partner Farragut and tax experts to discuss how emerging technology is changing the world of property tax on Wednesday, September 20 from 1-2:00 p.m. Eastern for a webinar on Unveiling the Future of Property Tax: Navigating Emerging Technologies.
   Technology is rapidly evolving and has the ability to transform best practices for tax assessors and their teams. This panel will discuss where technology is headed, how assessors should responsibly use it and how it is changing the field. Key Discussion Points Will Include: Technology’s Trajectory, Responsible Utilization, Transformational Best Practices, Navigating Change, and Equity and Fairness. Register here
Early registration for Legal Seminar ends Sept. 30
   Registration is underway for the 2023 IAAO Legal Seminar, set for Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Omni Louisville Hotel. 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.”
    Attendees may register online or submit a paper form with payment. Early registration fees are $550 for IAAO members and $750 for nonmembers until Sept. 30. Rates increase to $660 for members and $900 for non-members until Nov. 20 and then onsite rates are $790 for members and $1,080 for non-members.
   Continuing legal education credits (CLEs) will be available and IAAO will seek approval for continuing legal education credits for states that are requested by Oct. 1. Read more.
Residential model building offered online in October
   IAAO is offering Course 333: Residential Model Building online Oct. 16-19. The course focuses on mass appraisal model building for residential properties. Along with problems and illustrations this course uses hands-on labs and exercises along with real-world data to answer questions and construct data transformations price trends land and improved residential models and ratio analyses. The course uses IBM’s statistical software package SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) the most common statistical software package used by assessors. Register here.
Hot topic: building size adjustments
   IAAO Connect members are talking about methodologies for making building size adjustments. Read more
Property taxes by state: A breakdown of the states with the highest and lowest property taxes in 2023
   Looking for a new home — or perhaps a second one — involves weighing multiple factors. One crucial aspect is the community where the house is located. However, contributing to the local amenities such as schools and public works means paying property taxes. Read more
Flathead County joins challenge of Montana’s property tax laws
   Flathead County has attached itself to other counties in the state seeking a determination of whether the state is accurately taxing property owners.
County commissioners approved sending a letter to Attorney General Austin Knudsen seeking an opinion on state law as it pertains to taxing authority and 95 mills tied to funding schools.
   The commissioners in the letter say that it has come to their attention that there might be deviations from the prescribed guidelines within state law leading to “unintended consequences in terms of over-taxation of Flathead County residents.” Read more
County’s tax relief efforts might not help property owners much, but museums could take a big hit
   An effort by Routt County, Colorado, Commissioners to mitigate property tax increases as home values in the Yampa Valley rise may disproportionately harm local museums.
   At a recent meeting, county commissioners discussed a rollback in the rate applied to taxable parcels that benefit five local museums and historic preservation efforts. The annual mill levy, approved by voters in 2003, is tiny. On an average priced home in the county — about $951,332, according to Zillow.com — it amounts to less than $20.
   As slight as it is for the individual homeowner, the impact for the museums that rely on it is significant. Read more
Insurance pullback could pressure California, Florida tax bases long term
   Rising premiums and reduced availability of homeowners’ property insurance could drag on housing markets, development activity, overall economic growth and ultimately tax bases for certain California and Florida local governments over time, Fitch Ratings says.   
   Insurers are re-evaluating their exposures to geographic areas with elevated catastrophe risk as they face greater losses and higher building and reinsurance cost, and insurance plays a key role in securing mortgages and enabling rebuilding following natural disasters. Read more
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