All around the world, cities are contending with traffic, pollution, and pedestrian danger related to cars. While cities have taken various efforts to curb cars on the road, a new housing development in Tempe, Arizona, is trying a novel approach: banning residents from bringing their own cars altogether. Culdesac Tempe, a 1,000-person rental development that just broke ground, won’t allow residents’ personal cars to be driven or parked on site. Instead, the property will fill the extra space with retail, a food hall, communal fire pits, plazas, green space, and other amenities. Imagine that. Read more
Rents at self-storage properties are dropping across the U.S. as new properties struggle to lease up units and existing facilities fight to keep their customers. “The self-storage industry is in for a rough slog," says Doug Ressler, director of business intelligence at data firm Yardi Matrix. “Deliveries are expected to remain elevated, pushing down pricing for many operators.” Read more
The Village of Mount Pleasant has been battling corporations in court over property assessments, but now it has another arrow in its quill in the form of a village ordinance. The village has been involved in several lawsuits regarding the “dark store” loophole. Now, with a new village ordinance in place, commercial developers will have to provide information related to costs of construction and possible sale price to the village. The ordinance is an attempt to curb lawsuits filed against the village challenging their assessment. Read more
+ IAAO Board of Directors election results released >
Voting for the 2020 IAAO Board of Directors ended on November 15 and congratulations to the following candidates elected to the Board of Directors for terms beginning Jan. 1.
President-Elect - Greg McHenry, AAS, Appraiser, Riley County Appraiser's Office, Manhattan, Kansas
Vice President - L. Wade Patterson, County Assessor (retired), Garfield County, Oklahoma
Region 1 Director - Dinah L. Kilgore, Executive Director/ Chief Appraiser, El Paso Central Appraisal District, El Paso, Texas
Region 2 Director - William Healey, RES, Chief Assessor, City of Lewiston, Maine
Region 3 Director - G. Cecil Jackson, Jr., RES, AAS, Tax Director, Gaston County, North Carolina
Amy Rasmussen’s term as IAAO President also begins on Jan. 1, 2020.

+ Registration open for GIS/Technologies Conference >
Registration is now open for the 2020 GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, March 23-26 in Louisville, Kentucky. Formerly known as GIS/CAMA, the event was re-branded to take into account the abundance of technologies that, when integrated with GIS, make valuation and assessment more accurate, efficient and applicable for jurisdictions of all sizes. #GIS/ValTech2020 will feature an exhibition, pre-conference workshops, keynote speakers, and a substantial educational program. Read more
+ IAAO a sponsor of program on MPAC's 2020 plans >
IAAO is a sponsor of the RICS and IPTI 9th Annual Property Tax Seminar, Looking forward in Ontario Property Tax to 2020 and beyond: Challenges and Realities. The event is scheduled for 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, in Toronto, Canada at the National Club, Main. You can Join RICS and IPTI for a breakfast while you learn about MPAC's plans for 2020 pre-roll consultations. As in 2016, MPAC will be consulting with stakeholders ahead of releasing the 2020 roll. This is an opportunity to hear MPAC's plans and learn about the purpose and anticipated outcomes of the consultations they're scheduling throughout the province. Altus Group will join MPAC for a discussion on this topic. Read more
+ Renew your membership for 2020 >
IAAO membership dues are now available to pay online via the IAAO website and members who are not on an agency bill may pay online or return the invoice emailed to them. To pay online, go to the IAAO website, log in, click on My Account, and then select "Renew My IAAO Membership." With just a few steps you can complete the process. To pay by mail, return the invoice with payment in US$ funds and return to the IAAO Lockbox address on the invoice. Read more
IAAO Connect Corner
+ Request for Proposals >
Fauquier County, Virginia, has posted information on an RFP on appraising all real property. Read more
+ Maui County officials: Property tax tiers would be more equitable >
Maui County officials continued to roll out information this week on bills that change property tax classifications and establish tiered rates, which they say would make generating county revenue more equitable on a diverse island that’s home to everyone from working families to wealthy part-timers. Meanwhile, some community members say they don’t disagree with the concept, but the bills are being pushed too quickly and not enough information has been offered to allow informed decisions. Read more
+ Settlement reached over the 58-story San Francisco skyscraper that's tilting, sinking, and making condos 'worthless' >
There's finally a bit of good news for residents of the luxury building at 301 Mission Street, which has sunk 18 inches and tilted 14 inches since it was completed in 2008. A tentative settlement was reached that will require Millennium Partners and Transbay Joint Powers Authority to pay for the $100 million plan to fix the building. Residents will also be compensated for their financial losses due to the building's notoriety. Read more
The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Board of Review has granted a former Providence tax assessor’s appeal for unemployment benefits. The former assessor, Thaddeus “Ted” Jankowski, who was fired from his job in July, won his appeal last week. The Board of Review found that Jankowski had been discharged from his job “not for reasons of misconduct in connection with the work,” according to the decision. Read more
With an overwhelming lack of affordable housing and homeless services in the region, San Jose is considering asking voters to support a new real estate tax on the most expensive properties in the city to address the crisis. Read more
Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi helped persuade a judge to toss out a 2017 lawsuit alleging Kaegi’s predecessor “systematically and illegally” shifted residential property tax burdens to minority and low-income homeowners. The Cook County judge accepted the argument that reforms and transparency measures Kaegi has brought to the office over the past year addressed issues raised in the lawsuit. But a Kaegi spokesman says that doesn’t mean all the problems are solved. Read more
+ Soldotna, Alaska >
Appraiser I/II/III, Kenai Peninsula Borough See more
+ St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada >
Manager - Assessment See more
+ Hillsboro, Oregon >
Business Personal Property Tax Auditor See more
+ Yuma, Arizona >
Appraiser IV, Yuma County See more
+ Chicago >
Property Tax Analyst, Schoenberg Finkel Newman & Rosenberg LLC See more
+ Prescott, Arizona >
Chief Deputy Appraiser, Yavapai County See more
+ Sitka, Alaska >
Assessor, City and Borough of Sitka See more
+ Roanoke, Virginia >
Senior Appraiser, County of Roanoke See more
+ Scarsdale, New York >
Assessor, Village of Scarsdale See more
+ Fairbanks, Alaska >
Land Officer, Fairbanks North Star Borough See more
+ Tucson, Arizona >
Program Manager, Pima County See more
+ Titusville, Florida >
Valuation Specialist II, Brevard County Property Appraisers Office See more
+ Conway, New Hampshire >
Assessor, Town of Conway See more
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