Empire, Michigan, sits in picturesque Leelanau County, known for its dozens of wineries, cherry and apple orchards, bike trails and art galleries. It’s also known for not having a single big-box store or chain franchise anywhere in the county. This is the place Dollar General apparently thinks it’s needed. Read more
Frustration continues to boil over in the ongoing property tax debacle in Jackson County, Missouri. One woman has decided that she is going to take a unique approach in paying her property taxes in hopes of sending a message to Jackson County executives. She will pay her bulging property tax bill in full, with nickels … 1,419 rolls of nickels that will weigh over 625 pounds.” Read more
The multi-million dollar sale of the Sahara Las Vegas last year had a ripple effect beyond a major renovation and the renaming of a Las Vegas Strip property. It also spurred a six-figure property tax dispute between the resort’s new owners and Clark County officials. Read more
+ David Sanford selected for IAAO Board of Directors >
David Brian Sanford, CAE, Deputy Real Estate Assessor in Chesapeake, Virginia, was selected by the IAAO Board of Directors to fill a vacancy on the board following the resignation of Tracy Drake. Mr. Sanford will serve a two-year term, effective Jan. 1, 2020. He has been an IAAO member since 1988 and has served as Chair of the IAAO Professional Development Committee, Education Subcommittee, and Professional Designations Subcommittee.
+ Early registration opens for 2020 Annual Conference >
Looking to get ahead of the new year and take care of registering for the 2020 IAAO Annual Conference before the end of 2019? IAAO has opened limited registration for the 86th IAAO Annual International Conference on Assessment Administration at the request of members who would like to pay for 2020 conference registration in 2019. Attendee and guest registration is now available online or by using a paper form. The 2020 Conference will be Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in Denver. Hotel rooms, event tickets, and single day registration will be available in the spring. Read more
Submit your presentation ideas for the conference! >
Interested in presenting at the 2020 IAAO Annual Conference in Denver? The Call for Presentations is now open. The submission deadline is Jan. 31, but 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
+ Proposed standard on data quality exposed >
The IAAO Data Quality Standard Task Force recently completed the draft Standard on Data Quality, and the IAAO Board of Directors approved its released for exposure. The IAAO Standard on Data Quality is intended to provide a common reference framework for the use of data in the process of assessment or mass appraisal of real property. The deadline for comments is Dec. 23. Read more
+ Registration open for GIS/Valuation Conference >
Registration is 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 acknowledge 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 Connect Corner
+ Request for Proposals >
Fauquier County, Virginia, has posted information on an RFP on appraising all real property. Read more
+ Walmart sues 32 Colorado counties over its property tax valuations >
Retail giant Walmart Inc. has claimed in a series of pending lawsuits that Routt County, along with 31 other Colorado counties, has overvalued its personal property tax for local stores. It’s a move the retailer hopes will greatly decrease its latest tax bills — and potentially set a legal precedent. Read more
The massive Baby Boomer generation has already started aging into retirement, and will begin passing away in large numbers in coming decades – releasing a flood of currently owner-occupied houses that could hit the market. That could help end the last few years’ inventory drought, as well as a more fundamental shortage of homes in certain places. Read more
Gov. Laura Kelly wants to provide property tax relief by reactivating a long-dormant subsidy program for Kansas cities and counties. The Democratic governor’s tax council recommended lawmakers follow a law they’ve ignored for 15 years at a cost of more than $1.3 billion to local governments. Her office said it would give localities “a strong tool to begin lowering local property taxes.” Kansas is required to send a share of its sales tax collections to cities and counties each year through a program called the Local Ad Valorem Tax Reduction Fund. But the Legislature has continuously waived the rule since 2004, opting instead to use the tax dollars as a hedge against the Great Recession and former Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature tax cuts. Read more
Joe Don Bobbitt spent five years in the Army, including two tours in Iraq, where he dodged mortar shells and helped protect his base from suicide car bombers. However, his time in the service only marginally prepared him for the hostility he often faces in his job as acting chief appraiser for the McLennan County Appraisal District. Read more
+ Yuma, Arizona >
Appraiser IV, Yuma County See more
+ Pickering, Ontario, Canada >
Property Valuation Specialist, Centralized Properties See more
+ Tyler, Texas >
Statistical Analyst/Appraiser, Smith County Appraisal District See more
+ Fairbanks, Alaska >
Borough Assessor, Fairbanks North Star Borough See more
+ Leesburg, Virginia >
Real Estate Appraiser,  Loudon County Government See more
+ Roanoke, Virginia >
Senior Appraiser, County of Roanoke See more
+ Soldotna, Alaska >
Appraiser I/II/III, Kenai Peninsula Borough See more
+ St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada >
Manager-Assessment, St. John's See more
+ Hillsboro, Oregon >
Business Personal Property Tax Auditor, Washington County See more

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