Idaho lawmakers are seeking technology companies to appraise federal land in real-time to find out how much money lawmakers say the federal government should be paying the state in property taxes if the land were privately owned. Idaho is roughly 63% federal public land. But that land isn’t taxable by local governments. Read more
China’s State Council will expand property-tax reform trials to more areas and start taxing residential property owners, official news agency Xinhua reported. The plan is designed to guide rational property buying and will last for five years, according to the report. Property prices in China have skyrocketed to unaffordable levels since private home ownership was introduced in 1998, and the government has faced an ongoing battle to control speculators. Read more
“The One” mega-mansion was recently pulled from the auction block, the day after the developer’s limited liability company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to stop the sale. The disposition of the largest modern house in the U.S. — once marketed for $500 million — now goes before a bankruptcy judge. Read more
IAAO elections underway; candidates, bylaw changes on ballot
The election for the 2022 IAAO Board of Directors is underway and members in good standing can vote until Nov. 15. On Nov. 1, Regular and Associate Members received an email from Intelliscan Inc. with a personalized voting link. Members who did not receive this ballot should contact Intelliscan. Regular members are voting for President-Elect, Vice President, and an At-Large regular member in each of three regions, along with whether to approve proposed amendments to the bylaws. The amendments were compiled by the Governance Committee and the Board to reflect changes made to the IAAO Mission Statement, Code of Ethics, ethics enforcement, and the separation of the Secretary Treasurer responsibilities to assign treasurer responsibilities to the President-Elect. Associate members will vote only on the candidates for the Associate Board member.
Mobile, cloud-based platforms focus of webinar with Data Cloud Solutions, a Woolpert Company
IAAO Conference partner Data Cloud Solutions, a Woolpert Company, is offering a webinar at 1 p.m. Eastern on Friday, Jan. 21, on “How Mobile and Cloud-Based Platforms Increase Accessibility, Adaptability, and Productivity for Field and Office Staff.” If COVID-19 taught us anything, it’s that appraisal operations need the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. This webinar, presented by Daniel Anderson, vice president, will discuss how your jurisdiction can increase adaptability and productivity of office and field staff, no matter the circumstances. Register here
Resident access and transparency focus of Tyler webinar in January
IAAO Conference partner Tyler Technologies will be offering a webinar on “Citizen Access and Transparency” at 2 p.m. Eastern on Friday, Jan. 28. Residents have come to expect the convenience of online services — whether they are ordering groceries or shopping for a new house — and increasingly they expect government to deliver the same level of services. The pandemic has only increased this demand. Residents need access to information, need to be able to file marriage licenses, pay taxes, and more online. Access to property valuation data is now an option. Find out how constituents, businesses, agencies, and community organizations can benefit from easy access to high-interest property assessment data online. Not only do these services improve efficiency, but they reduce waiting times and improve resident satisfaction. Register here
Appraisal Foundation’s AQB updates criteria on
live-online and in-person courses
The Appraisal Foundation’s Appraiser Qualifications Board recently announced they have formalized a temporary process enacted in response to COVID-19 issues that allowed existing in-person educational courses offered by IAAO and other education providers to be AQB approved when offered live-online (synchronous). In August, the AQB announced changes to the criteria that noted as of Jan. 1, 2022, organizations do not have to notify AQB whether a course is offered in-person or live-online. However, some states may still require programs to be delivered in-person in order to qualify for credit. Separately, AQB also noted there is no longer an exam requirement for the seven-hour USPAP update courses in states not requiring an exam. IAAO course offerings that are AQB approved are not affected by this announcement. If you would like additional information, please contact the IAAO Professional Development Department at education@iaao.org. Read more
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 becoming 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 Director of Professional Development Heather Moser at moser@iaao.org.
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.
Legal Seminar set for Fort Lauderdale in December
Remaining space is limited 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 $550 for members and $750 for nonmembers and the seminar will take place at The Dalmar Hotel. IAAO professional designees can earn recertification credit (up to 13.5 hours) for attending the seminar.  Read more
+ Hot topic: Assessing marijuana
IAAO Connect members are talking about best practices in assessing marijuana facilities. Read more
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau retained his position in a snap election last month, and his initiative to tax non-resident foreign homeowners in the country is set to go ahead.” Read more
While the $1.75 trillion proposal outlined by President Joe Biden Thursday is silent on the $10,000 cap on deducting state and local taxes, N.J. lawmakers said they expect the final bill will address the issue that is a major concern of Garden State taxpayers. Read more
As stores reopen, restaurants allow dine-in meals and public transit ridership creeps back up, many people are returning to the cities they fled during the coronavirus pandemic. But, a number of Americans have found that the big urban lifestyle is no longer something they crave and are joining the millions who live in small cities across the nation. Read more
So, how many goats does it take? According to a recent decision by the BC Property Assessment Appeal Board, there is such a thing as a minimum goat requirement for being a farm: six to eight goats per acre of land. A property in Surrey failed to meet the standard with its four goats. While this parcel of land has a history of being designated as a farm, it was classified as a residential property once a farm tenant stopped farming. Read more
Zillow, during an incredible competitive seller’s market, snapped up about 8,000 homes in the third quarter. Now, the company is hoping to bring in $2.8 billion by selling 7,000 of those homes. Unfortunately, the average homebuyer still may not be able to benefit from the sale. Read more
In a recent story in the Washington Post about property tax-bill "sticker shock" and how homeowners can appeal assessments, IAAO President Greg McHenry, AAS is quoted on some of the methods local assessors use in determining property value. In the story, McHenry stressed that assessors welcome the appeal process and are glad to have a check on their work. “Assessors do not run from appeals,” he told the Post. “The appeal process is another opportunity for us to make sure that we get it right and get those values as accurate as we possibly can. ... It’s an opportunity to make sure our data is accurate, and to update it if not.” Read more
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Director of Real Estate Assessments Division, James City County See more
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+ Golden, Colorado
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Commercial Appraisal Manager, Arapahoe County See more
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Assessor I, City of Racine See more
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