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Congratulations to those who won seats on the 2016 Executive Board!
President Elect — Randy Ripperger, CAE
Vice President — Dorothy Jacks, AAS
Executive Board Region 1 — L. Wade Patterson
Executive Board Region 2 — Raymond Beattie, Jr.
Executive Board Region 3 — Patrick Alesandrini, CAE
Executive Board Associate Member — Lou Newman, RES
The Proposed Amendment to the IAAO Constitution passed with 1,997 YES votes.
you to all IAAO members who have paid their 2016 dues. If you still
need to renew, please do so as soon as possible. View more information
about paying 2016 renewals here. If you need help paying your dues, click here and apply for the Membership Renewal Assistance Grant.
IAAO hosted attorneys and assessment professionals from 30 states and
Canada at the 36th Annual Legal Seminar Dec. 10-11, 2015, in Boston,
Massachusetts. Attendees experienced outstanding education sessions and
enjoyed perfect weather for touring the Freedom Trail and its historic
monuments, and of course eating fresh lobster. The seminar featured
excellent sessions on property tax case law updates, assessing high-tech
equipment and embedded software, separating real estate from business
enterprise value, fair market value and the hypothetical sale,
contaminated properties, tax increment financing, PILOTs, the inequality
debate, limited scope representation, complex property tax disputes and
representing your client in the legislative process. Thank you to
IAAO’s Legal Committee for all their work organizing this fantastic
event! Look for more on this event in an upcoming issue of Fair & Equitable.
are benefiting from property tax caps, but the caps are hurting Indiana
localities. That's according to a new study from the Indiana Fiscal
The non-partisan organization recently released two new reports. One
measures the impact of statewide property tax caps on individuals and
households and the other surveys their impact on 18 test-case towns and
hospitals that have not paid property taxes since 1913 could find
themselves on the hook for taxes to municipalities if a measure
introduced becomes law.
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) and Sens. Robert Singer
(D-Lakewood) and Joe Vitale (D-Woodbridge) introduced a bill that would
call for property taxes on for-profit facilities within the nonprofit
acute care hospitals, and dedicate the collected funds to public safety
than $500,000 in property tax revenue for McLean County taxing bodies
from the Mitsubishi Motors North America car plant will be at stake at a
The county's Board of Review will consider a request from Mitsubishi to
reduce the assessment of its Normal plant from $9.4 million to $3.1
million, according to paperwork submitted by the company. If the request
is granted, it would slash the plant's property taxes from $798,000
paid this year to $264,000, based on the same tax rates.
Monroe County government in Indiana has lost another tax court battle
with CVS. This second ruling in less than a year could save the
corporation tens of thousands of dollars a year on its property taxes.
County Assessor Judy Sharp says other taxpayers will probably have to
make up the difference.
of New Jerseyans who sold their homes in the year and a half it took
the state to issue the most recent Homestead Benefit missed out on $10
million in property tax credits, according to an audit released.
Instead, those credits went to the new buyers, who received a credit
against a property tax bill they didn't pay, the state auditor said in
the new review of the 25-year-old Homestead benefit program, the key
weapon against New Jersey's highest-in-the-nation property taxes.
The Appellate Strategist
not at all uncommon for state and local governments to use targeted tax
breaks as a tool for encouraging economic growth, giving various types
of businesses — and sometimes, single major employers — incentives to
expand their operations. On the final day of the term, the Illinois
Supreme Court agreed to the constitutionality of one such tax break in
Moline School District No. 40 Board of Education v. Quinn.
Mobile,Alabama, it's "Tis the season" for paying the highest sale tax
when buying Christmas presents at city stores.
At least one group wants to see some changes.
A proposal, pitched before the Mobile City Council by the Ad Hoc
Committee for City Revenue and Growth Analysis, suggests the city
eliminate a half a penny of sales tax by implementing a $7 a month
garbage collection fee, or $85 a year.
The Detroit News
the progress Mayor Mike Duggan has made in fixing some of Detroit’s
property tax issues, problems with tax policies and practices persist,
hindering the full revitalization of neighborhoods and preventing the
city from capturing revenue needed to support public services.
The city must focus more intensely on fixing a dysfunctional system that
has contributed to high delinquency rates and the loss of residents.
By Michelle LaBrosse
What habits do you need to develop to become a more effective project
manager? Maybe you need to get more organized with your paperwork, or
change how you spend your time each day. Regardless of the kind of habit
you're trying to form, you might find changing your behavior is more
challenging that you expected. Let's take a look at some recent research
on habits: what it takes to form a new habit, and what to do if you
find yourself straying from your planned course of action.
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