What U.S. states are considering property tax changes in 2022
   Texas, New York, and California all have initiatives that could affect property tax bills. Texans, for example, will vote in May on a constitutional amendment to increase the homestead exemption for school districts from $25,000 to $40,000, according to the state’s legislature. If voters approve the measure, it will go into effect immediately, saving homeowners an average of $176 per year, according to state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, a Republican from Houston and the author of the proposal. Read more
   Since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020, the retail industry has undergone the greatest shock for decades, with many stores closing for extended periods. So says Diane Wehrle, marketing and insights director at Springboard, during the ICSC (Innovative Commerce Serving Communities) national conference in Las Vegas. She says the closure of stores led to an increased migration of retail spending online, but this is an exacerbation of behavior that was evident even before COVID-19. Read more
   Assessed property values across the Central Valley show consistent growth despite supply chain disruptions, drought, and global pandemic. In 2020, the Tulare County Assessor’s Office began taking applications for the Williamson Act program, which gives farmers reduced tax liabilities on their properties in exchange for promises the land remains undeveloped. Read more
Submit your presentation ideas for the 2022 conference by Jan. 31
   Interested in presenting at the 2022 IAAO Annual Conference in Boston? The Call for Presentations is now open. The submission deadline is Jan. 31, and anyone interested is encouraged to submit presentation ideas as soon as possible. Registration discounts of up to $200 may be available to presenters. See the presentation information page for more information in order to submit a presentation.
Thank you to all the 2021 IAAO volunteers
   IAAO would like to thank the more than 200 IAAO members who participated on IAAO committees, task forces, or industry groups during 2021. A list of the volunteers is online here. The support and efforts by volunteers help the association in accomplishing goals. A list of 2022 volunteers will be in the January issue of Fair+Equitable magazine.
IAAO joins other valuation groups for DEI webinars
   IAAO is joining the American Society of Appraisers, Appraisal Institute (AI), American Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers (ASFRMA), MBREA, and the National Society of Real Estate Appraisers (NSREA) to present a series of free webinars on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
   The first webinar, “Revealing Relevance for the Appraiser Profession,” will air 1 to 4 p.m. Eastern on Monday, Jan. 31. Presenting experts David Doering, ASA, IFA; Robbie a Freddie Mac study on “Racial and Ethnic Valuation Gaps in Home Purchase Appraisals,” including questions/points from the research and what appraisers can do in light of the research findings.
   They will also discuss how the three approaches to value inform an opinion of value; how comparable sale selection can lead to inadvertent effects on the opinion of value; how neighborhood or market area determinations are made, and how this definition can cause inadvertent negative impacts. Registration for the webinar is available here.
Assessment office funding may be available
from ARPA through local jurisdictions

  Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for assessment office projects may now be available from local jurisdictions.
   The act allocates funding to governmental entities based on population, and counties and cities with over 50,000 inhabitants receive funding directly from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Cities with less than 50,000 residents receive allocations through their state government. Many jurisdictions are reviewing allocation of the funding.
  Recently in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, a request from the Creek County Assessor’s Office to use ARPA funds to provide one-time flyover high-resolution imagery to survey the entire county was approved by the county commission. Grant Parish in Louisiana was also able to use funds for an aerial imagery project. The National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties have information on their websites on allocations to jurisdictions and examples of uses.
  * IAAO is interested in writing about uses of ARPA funds for assessment projects. If you have been involved in a project, please contact Keith Robison at robison@iaao.org.
Registration now open for 2022 GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference
   Registration is open for the 25th Annual GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, March 27-30 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel in New Orleans.
   Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri, is this year's keynote speaker.
   URISA and IAAO partner each year to discuss the importance of data and the analysis of location information for better decision making within a jurisdiction.
   For more than 25 years, this conference has been the favorite annual event for assessors and the GIS professionals who use technology to make property assessment and tax administration more accurate and efficient.
   Optional workshops will provide deep dives into a number of important topics. Registration is available on the conference site. The full schedule is at https://gisvaltech2022.sched.com/
IAAO’s new AAS Fast Track program allows members to complete designation in just a year
   IAAO is initiating the AAS Fast Track Program to allow students the opportunity to achieve the Assessment Administration Specialist designation within 12 months and completely online. Any student may participate in the online courses offered for the AAS designation. Additional information and designation requirements can be found on the IAAO website here.
   Live online courses will begin in February 2022, but students can begin taking available self-study courses at any time. The list of self-study courses is here. Pricing for self-study courses is $399 for members and $625 for nonmembers. Live online courses hosted by IAAO HQ and taught by IAAO-certified instructors are $499 for members and $725 for nonmembers. Approved AAS candidates who register for an AAS-required IAAO live online class by Jan. 14, 2022, can receive 10% off by using coupon code AAS2022 during online checkout.
Second Exposure Draft of proposed changes
to 2023 USPAP is available for review
   The Second Exposure Draft of proposed changes to the 2023 edition of USPAP is now available for review and comment. Public comments are critical to the development of new editions of USPAP, and the Appraisal Standards Board values all input it receives.
   The Appraisal Standards Board is now accepting all public comments until Feb. 4. To submit a comment, click here, and the ASB will review your feedback. Appraisal Standards Board Chair Michelle Czekalski Bradley and Vice President of Appraisal Issues Lisa Desmarais will host a webinar to discuss this Exposure Draft at 1 p.m. Eastern on Jan. 6, 2022. Register here to attend the webinar.
IAAO seeking Senior Director of Membership
& Community Engagement
   IAAO is looking to hire a Senior Director of Membership & Community Engagement to lead and oversee IAAO’s Community Engagement strategic plan, including: the creation and implementation of effective member recruitment and retention strategies and tactics; taking a lead role in identifying and serving members, future members, and customers with products and services that address their needs while enhancing association revenue; and evolving relationships from transactional to transformational experiences.
   Submit a resume, with cover letter including salary requirements, potential start date, and ability to move to the KC metro area (if not local), to watson@iaao.org, or apply here. Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Central on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. 
Hot topic: Mentoring
   IAAO Connect members are talking about establishing mentorship programs in their jurisdictions. Read more
Louisiana names its 2022 Assessor of the Year
   The Louisiana Assessors’ Association named Lafourch Parish Assessor Wendy Thibodeaux the 2022 Assessor of the Year.
   The association awards one assessor out of 64 statewide each year. Louisiana Assessors’ Association President and St. Charles Parish Assessor Tab Troxler presented Thibodeaux with the award, and recognized her as the most deserving candidate because of her strong advocacy for Lafourche Parish residents.        
   Thibodeaux said she was honored to receive the honor. “It’s been more than 25 years since I stepped into the Assessor’s Office with a passion to learn,” she said. “Each day, I still wake up with that same passion to serve the people of Lafourche as their assessor.”
   A Houston Chronicle investigation revealed some religious leaders in the Lone Star State are living lavish lifestyles in mansions doubling as parsonage houses — homes for the clergy — that, like the church buildings themselves, are exempt from being billed for property taxes.
   Reporters at the Chronicle found 30 residences owned by churches across the state that are allowed to skip paying property taxes despite the fact they were either on too large a piece of property to qualify for the full exemption or were being used for purposes that disqualified them from receiving the tax break, such as vacation rentals. Read more
   The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) has been recognized as one of Greater Toronto s Top Employers for 2022, the third year straight. MPAC was recognized based on criteria including work culture and atmosphere; health and wellness; financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee engagement and communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement. Read more 
   The Oklahoma County Assessor surveyed the damage last week after a house exploded in Oklahoma City. The assessor's office said it's required by law to investigate the damage and determine a new market value for the property. Read more
   Milwaukee pastors last week raised alarms about a city process they call “tax and take” — one they say can cost them thousands of dollars or lead to the loss of their churches to city tax foreclosure.
   City Assessor Steve Miner contended that there was misunderstanding about the process and said his office takes multiple steps to try to contact churches and to verify that their spaces are being used for tax-exempt purposes. Read more
   King George County residents are seeing the first reassessments in the Fredericksburg area since the COVID-19 pandemic hit and resulted in higher prices on many products across the board. King George residents have called their county supervisors and made inquiries to the Commissioner of Revenue’s office. Read more
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