Colorado voters will be asked in November whether they would like to cut tax assessment rates for residential and commercial properties. However, a newly passed state law significantly complicates the ballot question. If Proposition 120 passes, however, the question’s creators are promising to sue the state, further complicating the measure. Read more
If you have a modest income but access to lots and lots of cash, New York City has an apartment ownership program that’s right up your alley. Even if it wasn’t meant for you. The children of America’s wealthy are quietly sewing up deals meant for low-income people in some of New York’s most desirable neighborhoods, in buildings known as Housing Development Fund Corporation cooperatives, or HDFCs. Read more
The Government is to blame for tax-dodging property deals that allowed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to avoid a £312,000 stamp duty bill, a leading business advisory firm has claimed. Blick Rothenberg believes that almost “a decade of tinkering with property tax rules” has led to people like Blair and Russian billionaires being able to avoid tax payments and says rules “require urgent simplification.” Read more
Effective leader workshop registration deadline is Friday
Registration has been extended until Friday, Oct. 22, for the online Emotionally Effective Leader Workshop, which will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Central on Nov. 3, 4, 17, and 18. The program topic will be “Building Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from a Foundation of Emotional Intelligence.” The workshop will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of emotional intelligence as well as a key set of tools to be a well-rounded leader. The cost to register is $225 for IAAO members and $365 for nonmembers. More information
Legal Seminar early registration deadline is Nov. 1
Nov. 1 is the early registration deadline for the IAAO Annual Legal Seminar, Dec. 2-3, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The seminar will cover topics of interest to members of the assessment and property tax industry. Registration fees are $500 for members and $700 for nonmembers until Nov. 1 and then increase to $550 and $750. The seminar will take place at The Dalmar Hotel and attendees may reserve rooms by Nov. 1 for $195 per room, based on availability. IAAO professional designees can earn recertification credit (13.5 hours) for attending the seminar. The hotel is following local and state guidelines regarding COVID-19 and is requiring hotel staff and guests to wear masks. Read more
Continuing education credits for in-person and virtual conference attendees posted
IAAO Continuing Education credits for the 2021 Annual Conference in Chicago have been posted for in-person and virtual attendees. Members can view the credit by logging in to  their accounts and clicking on “My Account,” then “View My IAAO Transcript.”
Virtual instructor workshop set for March 3-5; registration deadline is Dec. 31
Registration is now open for the Virtual Instructor Evaluation Workshop (IEW) for prospective instructors interested in being certified to teach IAAO courses live online. The Virtual IEW is an intensive three-day event taking place March 3–5, 2022, and offers potential instructors the opportunity to showcase instructional skills and abilities when delivering IAAO educational material virtually. Before participating in this event, IAAO recommends that potential instructors have experience in both public speaking and in managing live online sessions using a virtual platform such as Zoom. The Virtual IEW is open to both current and prospective IAAO instructors who have a passion for teaching and developing others in the assessing profession and want to be certified to teach IAAO courses virtually. Registrants must have completed and passed the course(s) required in the section for which they are registering, be an IAAO member in good standing, and meet the requirements for prospective instructors as outlined in the IAAO Instructor Handbook. For more information and to register, go to www.iaao.org/view2022 by Dec. 31. All IAAO members are welcome to apply, and we are especially looking for individuals who speak a second language. Also, IAAO offers a limited number of scholarships. If interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact the Director of Professional Development, Heather Moser at moser@iaao.org.
IAAO elections Nov. 1-15; candidates, bylaw changes on ballot
IAAO elections take place Nov. 1-15 via email. Regular members will vote on candidates for President-Elect, Vice President, and Region representatives, along with whether to approve the proposed changes to the bylaws. IAAO Bylaws changes on the ballot include: (1) a change to the Association’s mission, (2) updating the professional conduct rules, and (3) establishing the President-Elect as Treasurer in addition to serving as Chair of the Finance Committee. Associate members will vote only on the candidates for the Associate Board member.
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Renew your IAAO membership today
IAAO membership dues for 2022 are now available to pay online on the IAAO website, and members who are not on an agency bill may pay on the website or return the invoice emailed to them. To pay online, log in to the IAAO website, click on “My Account,” and then select “Renew My IAAO Membership.” To pay by mail, return the invoice with payment in U.S. funds to the IAAO Lockbox address on the invoice. Read more
Post Requests for Proposals on IAAOs Connect site
Are you having trouble getting enough traction on your RFP? IAAO members can post their RFPs on IAAO's online community. Get proposals from the companies that know the industry. Visit the Request for Proposals community on IAAO Connect. Read more
+ Hot topic: Mentorship programs
IAAO Connect members are talking about developing formal mentorship programs and the benefits of mentorship. Read more
Estonia has the lowest property taxes in the European Union, it appears from a short report by the parliament's Foresight Center. “Estonia's tax system is largely based on labor and consumption taxes, whereas property taxes have been used modestly for funding the society's expenditures,” expert for the center Magnus Piirits said. “Property taxes account for almost 5% of EU states' tax revenues. If property taxes had been levied at the same level in Estonia as on the average in the European Union, over 530 million euros more would have flown into the 2019 state budget.” Read more
Desktop appraisals, a temporary flexibility implemented in March 2020 to keep the mortgage industry afloat amid lockdowns and social distancing, will become permanent, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said Monday. Sandra Thompson, acting director of the FHFA, said both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will allow appraisals to be conducted remotely, using public records such as listings and tax appraisals, for purchase loans starting in early 2022. Read more
New York City’s office buildings saw their first decline in property values in over two decades as the pandemic shuttered businesses and sent thousands of workers home, raising serious questions about the health of the city’s finances. The pandemic “wiped out years of growth in New York City’s office sector,” the report says. It erased nearly $28.6 billion in market value from the city’s 463 million square feet of inventory, and cost more than $850 million in property taxes in the city’s fiscal 2022 budget. Read more
Most state chief information officers expect remote work to continue and for digital services to keep proliferating. That introduces a host of shifting priorities, including a renewed need for cybersecurity enhancements and identity tools. Read more
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Computer Aided Mass Appraisal Modeler See more
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Data Scientist/Valuation Specialist, Vision Government Solutions See more
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Assessor I, City of Racine See more
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Sr. Commercial Assessor, Property Valuation Services Corporation See more
Assessor, Property Valuation Services Corporation See more
+ Hopewell, Virginia
Real Estate Appraiser/Analyst, City of Hopewell See more
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Real Property Appraiser, Seminole Couthy Property Appraiser See more
+ Fairfax, Virginia
Real Estate Appraiser I, Fairfax County Government See more
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Business Property Auditor-Appraiser I, County of Sonoma See more
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