The social media opportunities some local governments are missing >
It shouldn't be just for announcing meetings, holiday office closures, or road construction. Local governments should see platforms like Twitter and Facebook as powerful tools for building community, not just posting city hall selfies. Digital community-building doesn't begin and end with the sender delivering a message people want to hear. At the civic level, community-building occurs when local governments recognize and elevate the important role residents play. Read more
Producing more tax revenue through modest annual grand-list growth is the crucial third leg of Hartford, Connecticut’s Mayor Luke Bronin’s stabilization plan, but for the second year in a row, that leg is buckling. After seeing the total value of its taxable property fall 1 percent last year to $4.1 billion, Hartford’s upcoming grand list is expected to slightly decrease again. A key reason why this year’s list won’t hit Bronin’s 1.5-percent growth target is because a significant number of commercial property owners successfully challenged their property valuations in court, leading to lower tax bills. Read more
A nonprofit for kids with cancer run by former tennis star Andrea Jaeger was flagged recently for wrongfully collecting tax breaks after she allegedly tried to mislead state and county officials that her property in La Plata County, Colorado, was being used for the charity. The issue reached a breaking point in October when Jaeger, trying to prove the property was being used for the nonprofit, invited county officials to an event she said was for kids with cancer. At the event, however, county officials learned the children were from a local school and were not sick. Read more
+ Learn about GIS/Val Tech Conference at free webinar >
Want to know more about the upcoming 2020 GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference taking place in Louisville? Sign up for the free webinar, "Everything You Need to Know: 2020 GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference," set for noon Thursday, Feb. 27. Whether you are already registered for the conference or on the fence about joining, this free webinar featuring IAAO and URISA staff is here to help. Come learn the ins, the outs, and the must-sees directly from the people who make this event possible. Read more
+ Graphs and Assessment subject of IAAO webinar >
IAAO Director of Strategic Initiatives Larry Clark will lead the Feb. 26 webinar on "How to Use and Interpret Graphs in Assessment," a presentation on the use of graphs in appraisal analysis. He will walk webinar participants through using graphs in Excel, reviewing how to use them, and also how to interpret them. He will also review the process of selecting graphs that work best in different situations by using a sales example and showing how different graphs present different results. Read more
+ Emerging Leadership Summit registration closes soon >
Registration closes soon for the Emerging Leadership Summit, scheduled for April 2-3 at the George W. Dunne Cook County Office Building in downtown Chicago. The Summit is designed to provide a powerful professional development opportunity for emerging leaders wanting to advance their careers in the assessment industry. Attendees will develop the skills needed to navigate the unique dynamics of a typical assessment office and discover leadership tools needed to guide an assessment office into the future. Read more
+ Academic Partnership Program deadline is Feb. 28 >
The deadline to submit for the IAAO Academic Partnership Program has been extended to Feb. 28. The program provides financial support for students and faculty to complete research in areas related to property appraisal, assessment administration, and property tax policy. Submission of a satisfactory report for publication by the editor of any IAAO publication and presentation at an IAAO conference is required. Graduate and postgraduate students and faculty at accredited colleges/universities are eligible and funding for each approved project will be between $2,500 and $5,000. Read more
+ Registration for Prep & Trial Seminar now open >
Registration is now open for the 2020 Preparation and Trial of the Property Tax Appeal Seminar, June 18-19, on the campus of Drake University at Cartwright Hall in Des Moines, Iowa. For the first time, the mock trial will feature a case involving a big-box store. Will Shepherd, legal counsel for the Hillsborough County, Florida, Property Appraiser's Office, and Peter Korpacz, president of Korpacz Realty Advisors Inc., are assisting in adapting the case for the mock trial. Shepherd was the lawyer who argued the original case, and Korpacz was an expert witness. Read more
IAAO Connect Corner
+ Hot Topic: 65 and over senior programs >
IAAO Connect members are currently discussing homestead exemptions and other programs various states offer. Read more
+ Poll: Texans want voter approval of property tax hikes >
Texas voters believe local governments should have voter approval to raise property tax revenues more than a set amount, and a majority said that will not prevent those governments from providing needed services or responding to growth, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Read more
Strong tenant demand for big box industrial buildings in the Chicago region caused a surge in new leasing and tenant expansion activity that resulted in a new record of 17.4 million square feet of net absorption in 2019. A newly released report by Colliers International states that last year’s net absorption easily eclipsed the previous record of 16.1 million square feet recorded in 2016. Read more
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has named a new County assessor. Eddie Cook will step into the spot vacated by former County Assessor Paul Petersen. Petersen resigned in January in the wake of an adoption fraud scandal. Read more
Permits for new houses rose to a more than 12-year high in January as builders began shifting into high gear amid a property shortage. Single-family home authorizations, as permits are known, jumped to 987,000 at a seasonally adjusted annual pace, the highest since June 2007, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday. The January rate was a gain of 6.4% from December. Overall permits, including multifamily units and single-family homes, jumped 9.2% to an annual pace of 1.551 million, the highest level since March 2007. Read more
+ Minot, North Dakota >
City Assessor, City of Minot See more
+ Red Deer, Alberta, Canada >
Senior Property Assessor/Analyst, The City of Red Deer See more
+ The Dalles, Oregon >
Chief Appraiser, Wasco County See more
+ Fort Lauderdale, Florida >
Appeals Specialist, Broward County Property Appraiser See more
+ Albuquerque, New Mexico >
Valuation Relief Manager, Bernalillo County See more
+ Greenwich, Connecticut >
Assistant Tax Assessor, Town of Greenwich See more
+ Orlando, Florida
Commercial Real Estate Appraiser Analyst I, Orange County Assessor's Office See more
+ Nashua, New Hampshire
Chief Assessor, City of Nashua See more
+ Charleston, West Virginia
Tax and Revenue Director, The West Virginia State Tax Department See more
+ Florence, Arizona
CAMA Specialist, Pinal County See more
+ Fairbanks, Alaska
Borough Assessor, Fairbanks North Star Borough See more
+ Salisbury, North Carolina
County Assessor, Rowan County See more
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