Vermont is trying to bolster its ranks of assessors
   Vermont's state government is working to bolster its pipeline of listers and assessors to reappraise property across the state.
   Last year, Vermont passed a law known as Act 68 that requires municipalities to reassess all properties on a regular schedule. However, it can be hard for local officials to find trained assessors to do the work.
   "I think it's actually a really interesting field," said Jill Remick, the director of property valuation and review for Vermont’s Department of Taxes
   "We offer free training for all listers and assessors in Vermont. And then also there are a lot of really good online and in-person courses put on from things like the International Association of Assessing Officials or the Appraisal Institute. So if folks are interested there are definitely those paths." Read more
Future of Boston commercial tax hike proposal uncertain
   A proposal to raise commercial property taxes in Boston is continuing to receive debate as the city searches for ways to lower housing costs.
   Mayor Michelle Wu filed the proposal in response to dropping commercial property values following the pandemic, resulting in lower tax revenue.
   To avoid a jump in tax bills for residential property owners, Wu proposed raising the percentage of the levy made up by commercial properties. Read more
Minnesota lawmakers pass reforms to property forfeiture law
   When the Minnesota legislative session ended in chaos recently, some high-profile bills were left on the table, including a bonding bill and the equal rights amendment.
   However, one less glamorous but important piece of legislation made it through: reforming Minnesota’s process for handling tax-delinquent property.
   That fix was needed because a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year declared Minnesota's current system unconstitutional. Read more
June 18 WIN'ing conversation with President Malmquist on strength and influence
   The June "Women's Initiative Network (WIN): WIN'ing Conversations" will cover a candid conversation with IAAO President Rebecca Malmquist, CAE, on unveiling strength and influence.
    The Women’s Initiative Task Force presents the interactive virtual conversations, and at noon Central on Tuesday, June 18, Chesney Leafblad, chief deputy assessor for Warren Township, Illinois, will conduct a candid interview with President Malmquist about authenticity as a leader and navigating the challenges of gender bias and inequality in the workplace.
   Also to be covered is whether work-life balance is attainable and what role mentorship and networking has played in her career development.
   These questions, and more, will be answered in this one-hour interview. The conversations are free and registration is open.
Want to earn a designation? Attend a June 13 chat
   If you are interested in earning an IAAO designation, Professional Development Committee members are offering Zoom chats every other month to answer questions and share experiences about earning designations.
   The next chat is set for Thursday, June 13, and will be an open discussion on earning an IAAO designation. Current designees will be available to answer your questions. There is no charge, and you can register here.
   Future chats will focus on the MAS and AAS designations (Aug. 15), the CMS and PPS designations (Dec. 12), and designations in general (Oct. 24).
   Full chat dates, links to register, and recordings of past chats are on the Designation Discourse page.
Mass Appraisal Valuation Symposium is June 26-27
   Speakers from around the world will present on mass appraisal, emerging developments in valuation, technology and innovation, the use of data, property tax administration, leadership and ethics, and reviews and appeals during the virtual Mass Appraisal Valuation Symposium, June 26 and 27.
   IAAO and the International Property Tax Institute are presenting the symposium and registration is open. The theme of the virtual MAVS is “Challenges and Opportunities” and full details on the programs are available here.
   Registration fees for IAAO/IPTI members are USD $219/CAD $284. For nonmembers, the fee is USD $295/CAD $385. Register here.
Nearmap July 10 webinar to explore property assessment challenges with aerial imagery and AI
   Conducting property assessments is an expensive and time-consuming process. Conducting in-person inspections of every property often takes too much time, costs too much, and risks error.
   Publicly available imagery is often out of date, or the resolution is too low to show the needed details.
   In a July 10 webinar by Nearmap, an IAAO Strategic Partner, you will learn how governments are turning to aerial imagery companies to accelerate and improve their property assessment processes.
   You will see how aerial imagery provides a current, multi-dimensional view of properties that support desktop assessment and identifies sites that require in-person inspections. Additionally, you will learn how machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) combined with geospatial (GIS) technologies accelerate and improve these workflows.
    The webinar, “Facing Property Assessment Challenges with Aerial Imagery and AI,” will take place at 11 a.m. Central on July 10. Register here. For information on Strategic Partnerships, contact Leann Ritter at ritter@iaao.org.
Session topics accepted for 2024 legal seminar
   The IAAO Legal Task Force is accepting program topic proposals for the 2024 IAAO Legal Seminar, set for Dec. 12-13 in Chicago at the Swissotel.
   The theme of this year's seminar is "Navigating Change." The Legal Task Force is seeking qualified professionals to present on topics of interest to lawyers and assessors.
    Attendees will receive IAAO continuing education credits. IAAO will file for Continuing Legal Education credits for attendees requesting CLEs by Oct. 1. The amount of CLE credit varies by state.
    Attendees can now reserve hotel rooms at the Swissotel, starting at $164 per night. Seminar registration will open later in June. Read more.
Disc golf tournament, Red Rocks tour planned
for annual conference in Denver
    An inaugural Disc Golf Tournament and a self-guided tour of Red Rocks are new options for conference attendees.
   The disc golf tournament is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. MDT on Sunday, Aug. 25. Registration is $20 per person (discounts available) and includes two golf discs with a custom design commemorating the 2024 IAAO Annual Conference and a barbecue lunch at the course.
   Anyone can register. If you have signed up for the WIN Luncheon, you will receive a $5 discount on your registration. Also, early-bird registration by July 14 gets you a $5 discount.
   Not a disc golfer, but still looking to get outside to see and experience the beauty of Colorado? Take a short trip to the historic Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre with your friends and colleagues on Sunday, Aug. 25.
   Chartered buses will pick up at the Hyatt Regency across from the Colorado Convention Center at 10 a.m. and transport to and from Red Rocks, 15 miles west of downtown, for a cost of $30/person. Participants will load up at 2 p.m. to return to the hotel by 2:30 p.m. Register here.
IEW offered in Denver for potential instructors
   Interested in becoming an instructor? IAAO is offering the Instructor Evaluation Workshop in August at the IAAO Annual Conference in Denver. The IEW event will be offered before the conference at the Grand Hyatt Denver and is open to qualifying IAAO members.
   Those who pass the IEW audition will become junior IAAO instructors and qualified to teach in the live classroom. Apply here.
Election deadline is July 1; candidate webinar available
  Members interested in running for the IAAO Board of Directors should submit candidate materials by July 1. Check out the elections page on the IAAO website for more information and how to submit the necessary forms.
   A free webinar, Future IAAO: How to serve on the Board of Directors, for those interested in becoming candidates took place on May 28, and the video is available online.
   The webinar informs potential candidates for the IAAO Board of Directors of the requirements to be a candidate and the expectations of serving if elected.
   Regular members in good standing will be able to vote electronically from Nov. 1-15 for the regular board member and officer positions. Associate members will be able to vote for the associate member position. Read more.
Boosting performance through communication focus of Emerging Leaders' Summit
   Registration is open for the 2024 Emerging Leaders' Summit, "Boost Team Performance through Communication & Engagement."
    Students will use the DiSC® personal assessment to help improve teamwork, communication, and productivity in the workplace and learn to refine processes and improve human performance to create a highly productive environment.
   Registration includes the DISC® assessment, one virtual session (1 p.m. Central, Aug. 8), as well as a meet-and-greet reception on Aug. 24. The full day workshop is at the IAAO Annual Conference on Aug. 25.
  Fees are $349 for members and $449 for non-members. Jurisdictions registering more than three attendees will receive $50 off all subsequent registrations. Register here.
Hot topic: NFL practice facilities
   IAAO Connect members are talking about valuing professional football practice facilities.  Read more
Why the Australian housing market is worse than overseas peers
   Australia’s housing supply is lagging behind other OECD countries, recent data shows, but building more homes will only fix part of the problem, experts say.
   Encouraging better use of existing housing stock and curbing the demand for investment properties are also important measures to bring house prices down – along with increasing supply to keep up with population growth. Read more
Home value disparities are displacing residents of Richmond's Black neighborhoods
   Some Richmond, Virginia, neighborhoods lost between 18% and 45% of their Black residents in the last decade because of rising housing costs and gentrification, according to a new report.
   The report studying disparities in home value is from Richmond-based nonprofit Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, and used metro-area research from the Brookings Institute, city tax assessment data, and American Community Survey demographics census stats. Read more

Can you guess which state is ranked as the 'most expensive' for homeowners? Hint: It's not California
   Buying a house comes with significant costs beyond just the mortgage. Property taxes stand out as a perpetual expense, varying widely depending on location.
   For some homeowners, this can mean an annual bill ranging from $1,000 to $9,000.
   Here are the 10 states with the highest median property tax bills, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and reported by Kiplinger. They are the most expensive places to live in the U.S. Read more

The number of U.S. houses for sale is slowly returning to normal: An ‘incredible trend,’ economists say
   Homebuyers willing to brave today’s high mortgage rates might at least be delighted to find that they have plenty of homes to consider.
   In the latest monthly housing report from Realtor.com®, the overall number of homes for sale in May marks seven months of growth.
   “The biggest eye-catcher for me is the fact that inventory is rising sharply,” says Realtor.com senior economist Ralph McLaughlin. Read more
Ohio Republicans propose constitutional amendment to cap property tax increases
   Some Ohio lawmakers want a constitutional amendment to limit property tax increases.
   A proposed constitutional amendment, sponsored by GOP Reps. Beth Learand and Scott Wiggam, would limit property tax increases to 4% annually.
   Wiggam said he wants to ensure property tax increases don't hit homeowners as hard after the historic increases in Ohio property values for 2023.
   "Our property tax system is a broken system in the state of Ohio and property taxpayers must be protected," he said. Read more
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