Michigan governor vetoes tax breaks for big-box retailer Meijer >
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pocket vetoed proposed tax breaks for retail chain Meijer and that would have let certain businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic defer their property tax payments without facing penalties or interest. The Republican-led Legislature passed the bills largely along party lines before adjourning last month. The Democratic governor let them die at the close of a 14-day review period Monday. The state Treasury Department and groups representing public schools and local governments opposed the measures, citing budgetary implications. Grand Rapids-based Meijer, which has more than 240 stores in six states, lobbied to waive sales and property taxes at a 550,000-thousand-square-foot warehousing and distribution facility. Read more
In a focus group with 32 business owners, Cushman & Wakefield found there is still a place for the office, though remote work productivity has remained strong. Still, the participants in focus groups said increased remote work has created a perceived cost in long-term productivity, corporate culture and innovation, and creativity. In fact, work-from-home fatigue is setting in, which is partially driven by video conferencing. “People are getting sick of Zoom calls,” Marty Burger, CEO of Silverstein Properties, said. Read more
With added demands for technology and altered work streams in the remote working environment, Americans are increasingly reconsidering the suitability of existing houses. In the process, many people decided to move, seeking more space, larger homes with home offices, quieter neighborhoods, and affordability, according to the National Association of Realtors. The shift uncovered a noticeable migration away from expensive high-density downtowns toward lower-cost suburbs as well as small and medium-sized towns. Read more
+ Research Grant Program deadline is Feb. 12 >
IAAO is accepting research topics submissions for the 2021 IAAO Research Grant Program. IAAO members, along with students and faculty, are eligible to submit proposals. The IAAO Research Grant Program, formerly the Academic Partnership Program, provides financial support to complete research in areas related to property appraisal, assessment administration, and property tax policy. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.
+ Submit your presentation ideas for the conference by Jan. 21! >
Interested in presenting at the 2021 IAAO Annual Conference in Chicago? The Call for Presentations is now open. The submission deadline is Jan. 21, and anyone interested is encouraged to submit presentation ideas as soon as possible. Registration discounts of up to $200 may be available to presenters. Submit a presentation
+ Tyler Technologies offering 'Virtual Appeals/Operations' webinar Jan. 14 >
As appraisal and tax offices are challenged by the pandemic, constituent demands, limited resources, and more, workflows must be adapted to meet changing needs. IAAO Partner Tyler Technologies is offering a webinar on Jan. 14 on Going Virtual – A Shift in Appeals Collaboration. Specifically, when dealing with property valuation appeals, vendors, and offices alike are exhibiting great agility to ensure taxpayers’ concerns are heard and issues are resolved with minimal complications. Revealing tips and tricks for virtual collaboration, Tyler Technologies’ vice president of appraisal services, Mark Folkerts, along with senior appraisal project supervisors Mary Noldy and Eric Coakley, offer important anecdotes and lessons learned from managing multiple virtual property appeals in 2020. The team of experienced remote specialists will deliver thoughtful insights on virtual operations and also discuss critical components for successful interactions moving forward. This webinar will last about an hour, and is scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern time, Thursday, Jan. 14. Register here
Women's Initiative Task Force call on Navigating Conflict is Jan. 19 >
The IAAO Women's Initiative Task Force series of interactive virtual presentations continues with a second call on Tuesday, Jan. 19 and will be on A Focus on Navigating Conflict, covering navigating conflict in the workplace. Join the monthly Zoom discussion by registering online. Future calls will be set up and to be put on the list to be contacted please use the signup page LINK. Register here https://www.iaao.org/store/events/registration.aspx?event=WINJAN21
+ Help available for membership dues >
2020 has been a challenging year for every jurisdictions’ budget. With this in mind, Vision Government Solutions and IAAO are offering the COVID-19 Membership Support Grant to provide greater opportunities for members to renew their annual IAAO Membership dues. The grant is available to a limited number of IAAO members whose jurisdictions are not paying membership dues because of budgetary restrictions. Download the form to apply for the grant to pay membership dues. Read more
+ Hot Topic: Radio transformations in multiplicative modeling >
IAAO Connect members are discussing Ratio Transformations in Multiplicative Modeling. Read more
Idaho Democrats on Tuesday unveiled their proposals to tackle steadily rising property taxes across the state as legislators prepare to return to Boise next week. State Sen. Grant Burgoyne (D-Boise) characterized the group’s slate of bills this way. “On property tax, we need to kind of swing big here,” Burgoyne said. “We need to have a tax that is fair and right now, the tax is not fair.” One of the three proposals would tie residential property tax exemptions to the rise and fall of each county’s housing market going back to 2017. If enacted, the new system would be implemented in fiscal year 2022. State lawmakers capped the homeowner’s exemption at $100,000 in 2016. Read more
+ Homeownership continues push into unaffordable territory >
New data show homeownership is becoming increasingly unaffordable. In its fourth-quarter 2020 U.S. Home Affordability Report, ATTOM Data Solutions says that median home prices of single-family homes and condos were less affordable than historical averages in 55% of counties. That was an increase over the 43% posted a year ago and 33% from three years ago. Owning a home in the United States slipped into the unaffordable zone for average workers across the nation in the fourth quarter as the numbers continued a year-long slide in the wrong direction,” said Todd Teta, chief product officer with ATTOM Data Solutions. Read more
+ A majority of young adults live with their parents, highest percentage since the Great Depression >
The coronavirus outbreak has pushed millions of Americans, especially young adults, to move in with family members. The share of 18- to 29-year-olds living with their parents has become a majority since U.S. coronavirus cases began spreading early this year, surpassing the previous peak during the Great Depression era. Read more
+ Kenya Treasury seeks to overhaul 64-year-old property tax rates >
The National Treasury of Kenya is seeking to overhaul the 1956 property valuation laws in bid to determine new land rates and bring more property owners across counties into the tax bracket. In recently published tender documents, the Treasury wants to hire a consultant to develop a draft national rating legislation to replace the outdated Valuation for Rating Act of 1956 and the Rating Act of 1963.  Treasury says the project is part of its efforts to enhance county governments’ own source revenue which hit four-year low of Sh32.49 billion in 2017/2018 financial year before recovering slightly to Sh35.48 billion in 2019/2020. Read more
+ Under-taxing derelict land costs Scotland millions, MSP's research reveals >
Scotland is losing out on “substantial revenue” by under-taxing owners of vacant and derelict land, according to new research by a prominent land reform campaigner. A recent report for the Scottish Government’s Scottish Land Commission found that under-taxing land “encourages landowners to use land inefficiently as developed properties face higher tax burdens than vacant land.” Read more
+ Yuma, Arizona >
Appraiser IV, Yuma County See more
+ Roanoke, Virginia >
Assistant Director of Real Estate Valutation, County of Roanoke See more
+ Wilmington, North Carolina >
Appraisal Manager, New Hanover County See more
+ San Jose, California >
Senior Appraiser, County of Santa Clara See more
+ Houston >
Appraiser I, Harris County Appraisal District See more
+ Eden Prairie, Minnesota >
Real Estate Appraiser I or II, League of Minnesota Cities See more
+ Ukiah, California >
Real Property Appraiser III, County of Mendocino See more
+ Raleigh, North Carolina >
Senior Appraiser, Wake County See more
+ Waukegan, Illinois >
Residential Appraiser, Lake County See more
+ McDonough, Georgia >
Appraiser I, Henry County See more
+ Holbrook, Arizona >
Appraiser I, County of Navajo See more
International Association
of Assessing Officers
314 West 10th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
Share news:
Keith Robison
Don't want these emails?
Unsubscribe here.