Judge rejects N.Y. mayor's move to stop lawsuit alleging property tax system is racially biased >
A Manhattan judge on Tuesday allowed a potentially ground-breaking lawsuit to go forward, charging that the city’s property tax system is racially and economically biased. The lawsuit, filed in 2017, charges that the city’s byzantine method of calculating property taxes favors wealthy homeowners and disproportionately hurts minority property owners and anybody living in less affluent neighborhoods. Read more
Austin, Texas, tax
office to be named after Nelda Wells Spears
The Austin tax office will be named in honor of Nelda Wells Spears after county commissioners took action Tuesday. Spears — the first African-American Tax Assessor-Collector in the state — was appointed to the role in 1991 and won five subsequent elections in Travis County. Read more
Toilet trouble: Illinois governor candidate will repay $330k in property taxes >
Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker will repay the Cook County treasurer’s office more than $330,000 that the county’s inspector general contended he obtained as a result of a “scheme to defraud” taxpayers. The move came after a watchdog report said the removal of five toilets helped obtain a property tax reduction on Pritzker's Chicago mansion. Read more
+ New IAAO Fellows program unveiled at conference >
The IAAO Executive Board unveiled a new program to recognize individuals who have dedicated their career to the development of our profession and made exceptional contributions to the Association and the assessment industry. The new program is known as the IAAO Fellows Program and the International Association of Assessing Officers Fellows title will be awarded annually to recognize the best of the best within our ranks. The inaugural class of 2018 were recognized at IAAO’s Annual Conference during its Closing Banquet. Read more
+ GIS for Property Tax book available on Amazon >
IAAO has published a new book, GIS for Property Tax and Assessment Professionals, to help assessors understand and use GIS for all sorts of office operations. Written by property tax professionals, (the book) contains valuable information about the hands-on uses of GIS applications and technologies within all aspects of government valuation procedures and administration. The new GIS for Property Tax and Assessment Professionals is now available to purchase from Amazon. Read more
+ 2019 Membership dues now payable  >
IAAO 2019 membership dues are now available to pay online via the IAAO website, or members who are not on an agency bill may return the invoice emailed to them. To pay online go to the IAAO website, login, click on My Account and then select Renew My IAAO Membership. With just a couple of steps you can quickly complete the payment process. To pay by mail, please return invoice with payment in US $ funds and return to the IAAO Lockbox address on the invoice. Read more
+ Legal Seminar registration open >
Registration is open for the IAAO 39th Annual Legal Seminar in Chicago on Dec. 13-14, 2018, at the Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile. This two-day seminar will cover recent developments in real property taxation, wind farm improvements and asset appraisal, challenges in the valuation of special purpose properties, litigation strategies for big box properties, and ethical conundrums for attorneys. Attorneys seeking CLE credit must submit those requests by Oct. 1. Read more
+ GIS/CAMA Presentation Proposals due Oct. 15 >
The Presentation Call for Proposal deadline for the 2019 GIS/CAMA Technology Conference is Oct. 15. The 2019 GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference for professionals in Property Assessment, Tax Administration, Mapping and Information Technology is scheduled for Feb. 25-28 in Portland, Oregon. Read more

+ Hawaii counties ask Supreme Court to invalidate property tax ballot measure >
Hawaii’s four counties on Wednesday filed a petition with the state Supreme Court, asking justices to invalidate a question on the November ballot for a proposed constitutional amendment allowing the Legislature to place a “surcharge” on investment real estate to support public schools. Read more
+ California tech billionaire spent years trying to turn a public beach into his own. He failed >
California’s beaches are definitely, definitely public. That’s the result of a decade-long quest by billionaire Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla to restrict access to Martin’s Beach, which his property abuts, reached when the state Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal. California law states that all beaches are public to the high tide line, and some access routes are grandfathered in even on private property. Read more
+ London luxury homes face new hit as U.K. plans foreign buyer tax >
Britain’s high-end and luxury homebuilders face a squeeze as Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to impose higher taxes on foreigners looking to buy properties in the U.K. Overseas buyers account for roughly half of all residential transactions in central London, according to Faisal Durrani, head of research at property consultants Cluttons LLP.  Read more
+ No one is watching Mississippi yacht clubs that pay no property taxes >
Mississippi law allows counties to exempt some fraternal and benevolent organizations from the property tax rolls, but no one is watching to see if they are living up to the requirements for the exemption. The Bay-Waveland Yacht Club created a stir when it was learned a few weeks ago that it has had such an exemption for a couple of years. Read more
+ McKinney, Texas  >
Commercial Staff Appraiser for the Collin Central Appraisal District  See More
+ Chicago, IL  >
Director of Commercial Valuations for the Cook County Assessor's Office  See More
+ Chicago, IL  >
Deputy Assessor of Valuations for the Cook County Assessor's Office  See More
Canmore, Albert, Canada  >
Assessment Services Supervisor for the Town of Canmore  See More
+ Kissimmee, FL  >
Commercial Appraiser Osceola County Property Appraiser     See More
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