How one cow grazing on a million-dollar property led
to a beef between a church and the county
At first glance, the lone cow grazing on a nearly two-acre chunk of fenced land next to a church in Broward County seems innocuous enough. But behind those big, brown eyes is a sour controversy. The land on which Bambi roams, once assessed at $1.9 million, is owned by the First Baptist Church of Southwest Broward. With the cow on site, the property is taxed on a value of just $131,760 — saving the church a whole lot of moolah. At issue is the church’s claim that Bambi’s presence makes the property a working cattle operation which, therefore, can be classified as agricultural land. Although the lot on which the church sits is exempt from taxes, the adjacent property where Bambi lives doesn’t get the same exemption. Designating the property as a for-profit agricultural operation substantially reduces the assessed value of the property for tax purposes by more than 93%. Read more
Every two years, Cook County conducts what’s called the scavenger sale. Tens of thousands of mostly vacant and often abandoned properties with a significant amount of unpaid taxes go up for auction, with the aim of getting them into the hands of people who can return the land to productive use and put it back on the tax rolls. County Treasurer Maria Pappas is out with a new report that concludes the 81-year-old program isn’t working. Read more
Feat-Right.pngAmazon donates $2.25 million for low-income property tax relief in Nashville >
Amazon is donating $2.25 million to The Housing Fund, a Nashville-based nonprofit that promotes housing security for residents. The donation will be used to launch a new Housing Resiliency Fund to provide grants to help low- and middle-income families cope with tax increases and stay in their homes. Read more
+ Conference CE credits available through Dec. 31>
2020 Annual Conference attendees can still get credit for watching recorded sessions through the end of December. If you watched sessions live, the system recorded your attendance, and the information will be posted to your IAAO record and members can view the total online. If you watch a session through the Video on Demand section of the conference website, you will need to record the codes on the link below and submit them online. IAAO will update your record. Login
+ Submit your presentation ideas for the conference by Jan. 21! >
Interested in presenting at the 2021 IAAO Annual Conference in Chicago? The Call for Presentations is now open. The submission deadline is Jan. 21, and anyone interested is encouraged to submit presentation ideas as soon as possible. Registration discounts of up to $200 may be available to presenters. Submit a presentation
+ Early registration opens for 2021 Annual Conference >
Looking to get ahead of the new year and take care of registering for the 2021 IAAO Annual Conference before the end of 2020? IAAO has opened limited registration for the 87th IAAO Annual International Conference on Assessment Administration at the request of members who would like to pay for 2021 conference registration in 2020. Attendee and guest registration are now available online or by using a paper form. The 2021 Conference is set for Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in Chicago. Hotel rooms, event tickets, and single-day registration will be available in the spring. Read more
+ Five students pass first virtual IEW >
IAAO recently offered the first Virtual Instructor Evaluation Workshop and the following members were approved to teach IAAO classes online: Lance Briner of the Alachua County (Florida) Property Appraiser's Office; Stephanie Clark, Broward County (Florida) Property Appraisers Office; Taylor Dobson, Madison County (Alabama) Tax Assessor; Michael Mills, King County (Washington); and Larry Roscoe, Horry County (South Carolina) Assessor. The five students successfully passed the intensive three-day IAAO Virtual Instructor Evaluation Workshop conducted online in early December.
+ Help is available for membership dues >
2020 has been a challenging year for jurisdictions’ budgets. With this in mind, Vision Government Solutions and IAAO are pleased to offer the COVID-19 Membership Support Grant to provide greater opportunities for members to renew their annual IAAO Membership dues. The grant is available to a limited number of IAAO members whose jurisdictions are not paying membership dues because of budgetary restrictions. Download the form to apply for the grant to pay membership dues. Read more
+ Tyler Technologies offering 'Virtual Appeals/Operations' webinar Jan. 14 >
As appraisal and tax offices are challenged by the pandemic, constituent demands, limited resources, and more, workflows must be adapted to meet your changing needs. Specifically, when dealing with property valuation appeals, vendors and offices alike are exhibiting great agility to ensure taxpayers’ concerns are heard and issues are resolved with minimal complications. Revealing tips and tricks for virtual collaboration, Tyler Technologies' senior appraisal project supervisors Mary Noldy and Eric Coakley offer important anecdotes and lessons learned from managing multiple virtual property appeals in 2020. The team of experienced remote specialists will deliver thoughtful insights on the future of virtual operations and also spark discussion on critical components for successful interactions moving forward. Tyler Vice President of Appraisal Services, Mark Folkerts, will introduce the webinar, with is set for 2-3 p.m. Eastern time, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Register here
+ Hot Topic: Solar farm valuation >
IAAO Connect members are discussing solar farm valuation, and which methodology to use. Read more
Lennie Mosley, president of the Halyard Park Neighborhood Association, first moved to the area with her husband in 1980. Back then, she said, few people wanted to live there. Now, the neighborhood's location within walking distance of an NBA arena and related projects has put its housing in high demand and led to a sharp rise in property taxes. Read more
+ New Orleans school committee votes against $25 million dollar Folgers property tax exemptions >
An Orleans Parish School Board committee recommended denying six tax exemption requests from Folgers Coffee Company totaling about $2.9 million in local property taxes dedicated to schools over 10 years.  The Orleans Parish School Board will cast a final vote on the exemption applications at its full board meeting later today, the time the New Orleans City Council is expected to vote on whether to give the city’s approval for the exemptions, which are worth roughly $25 million in total local property tax breaks over 10 years for Folgers Coffee Company. That includes taxes that go to the schools, the city of New Orleans, the Sewerage and Water Board and several other local government agencies. Read more
+ Vancouver art museum loses appeal for property tax exemption of $914,000 condo >
A $914,000 Vancouver condo used by employees of the Audain Art Museum is not exempt from taxation. A B.C. Property Assessment Appeal Board reached this conclusion in a case involving a Yaletown apartment. The Vancouver condo provides accommodation for museum staff when they are in the city. Read more
+ The coronavirus and property tax abatements >
Nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic, it is clear that while the long-term impact of the virus remains uncertain, a profound societal shift has occurred. Whether the move to remote work has made companies rethink their need for commercial office space or whether the lockdown has accelerated the shift to online shopping – leaving storefronts, malls and big-box stores with significant vacancies and requests for rent deferrals from remaining tenants – pandemic-induced changes have caused substantial adjustments in real property use – and values – in New Hampshire and across the country. Read more
+ Roanoke, Virginia >
Assistant Director of Real Estate Valuation, County of Roanoke See more
+ Sioux Falls, South Dakota >
Appraiser, Minnehaha County See more
+ Milwaukee >
Appraiser, City of Wauwatosa See more
+ Winston-Salem, North Carolina >
Appraiser, Forsyth County See more

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