The Department of Transportation made three major announcements earlier this week: It proposed regulations to allow drone operators to fly over people as well as at night without a waiver or an exemption; it issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking asking for recommendations on countering drones that pose a risk to safety and security; and it awarded three contracts to commercial service entities to develop technology to provide flight planning, communications, separation, and weather services for drones flying under 400 feet. Read more
The 10-acre Los Angeles estate belonging to deceased billionaire Jerrold Perenchio has come on the market with an asking price of $245 million, the Los Angeles Times reported. This is after being quietly shopped around for the eye-popping price of $350 million as recently as August 2017. Read more
There’s a new drive-thru in San Antonio, but it won’t be dishing out burgers and fries. Bexar County’s tax office recently unveiled a new $500,000 drive-thru where residents can get license plates and pay their county taxes. Read more
+ GIS/CAMA Conference in Portland! >
The 2019 GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference will take place Feb. 25-28 in Portland, Oregon and registration is open. The conference will have four program tracks this year: GIS Technologies, Modeling and Valuation, Planning, Administration & Leadership, and Technology Showcase. Among the areas for the conference include programs on how to get started with modeling, planning and Implementing a CAMA system, high-definition imagery for any size jurisdiction, special issues in valuation, and the Geospatial Data Act. Read more
+ Lincoln Institute releases paper on tax autonomy >
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy recently released a working paper on The Tax Autonomy of Local Governments in the United States by Andrew Reschovsky of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The paper reviewed statistics on the share of total government tax revenue raised by local governments provide an incomplete picture of local government taxing power. If higher level governments define the local tax base, determine tax rates, or place other restrictions on local taxes, local governments have limited tax autonomy. Read more
+ Early registration is open for 2019 annual conference >
IAAO has opened limited registration for the 85th IAAO Annual International Conference on Assessment Administration. Attendee and Guest registration is now available online or by using a paper form. The 2019 Annual Conference is scheduled for Sept. 8-11 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Register today
+ Submit 2019 conference presentations ideas! >
Interested in presenting at the Annual Conference? The Call for Presentations is now open for the Annual Conference, set for Sept. 8-11. Submissions can be made at  https://researchexchange.iaao.org/conferenceThe deadline for submission is Sunday, Feb. 10, but interested individuals are encouraged to submit your presentation ideas as soon as possible. Registration discounts of up to $200 may be available to presenters. Submit a presentation

+ 'Spirited, adventurous' Aspen, Colorado, assessor Tom Issac retires >
After nearly 50 years in Aspen as a ski bum, business owner, city councilman and seven-term Pitkin County Assessor, Tom Isaac has achieved near-legendary local status. "He's just been an icon in that position," Pitkin County Commissioner Patti Clapper said. And no one ran against him in 28 years. Read more
Retailers are considering the best ways to balance in-store traffic with more pickup orders and at-home delivery that may require a fulfillment center. This multispoke approach means having a couple of different property types in one metro, or, with the "mullet approach," even having different property types in one property. Read more
As commercial cultivation of cannabis commences across Canada in repurposed facilities zoned for industrial use, what is the impact on property valuation and assessment across jurisdictions? Read more
Rents are likely to rise faster for older, class-B apartments in 2019 than for any other class of apartment property. “We expect Class-B to continue to have the strongest average rent growth, as it has through recent history,” says Andrew Rybczynski, senior consultant at research firm the CoStar Group. Read more
+ Juneau, Alaska >
Assessor for City & Borogh of Juneau  See More
+ Cambridge, Massachusetts >
Director, Assessing Department for City of Cambridge   See More
+ Portland, Maine >
Director of Regional Assessing for Cumberland County Government   See More
+ Napa, California >
Supervising Auditor-Appraiser for County of Napa  See More
+ Fairfax, Virginia >
Commercial Senior Real Estate Appraiser for Fairfax County Government  See More
+ Fairfax, Virginia >
Residential Real Estate Appraiser for Fairfax County Government  See More
+ Tyler, Texas >
Statistical Analyst/Appraiser for Smith County Appraisal District   See More
+ Kansas City, Kansas >
Management Analyst (Real Estate Special Projects Analyst) for Unified Government of Wyandotte County & Kansas City, Kansas See More 
+ Rosenberg, Texas >
Chief Appraiser for the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District    See More
+ Titusville, Florida >
Valuation Specialist I for Brevard County Property Appraiser      See More
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