Tiny town, big decision: What are we willing to pay
to fight the rising seas?

The risk to tiny Avon, North Carolina, from climate change is particularly dire — it is, after all, built on a mere sandbar of an island chain, in a relentlessly rising Atlantic Ocean. The town desperately needs at least $11 million to stop its main road from washing away. To help pay for it, Dare County wanted to increase Avon’s property taxes, in some cases by almost 50%. Homeowners aren't keen on that. People gave their own ideas about who should pay to protect their town: The federal government. The state government. Tourists. People who rent to tourists. The view seems to be anyone but them. Read more

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Detroit over the late delivery of more than 260,000 residential property tax notices in 2017. The delayed deliveries violated the due process rights of Detroit homeowners because they lost the ability to appeal their property taxes, according to the lawsuit. But a U.S. District Court judge dismissed the case, in part, because she ruled the court lacks jurisdiction to settle disputes within state tax systems. She said homeowners had other options to appeal under state law and that the city extended the time frame to appeal because of the late notices. Read more
Wyoming ranchers lean on tax break to keep their pricey properties >
The Linn family members are reluctant ranchers. But without the chores of feeding and wrangling horses and cattle, the Linns would risk losing an agricultural land status that saves the longtime Jackson, Wyoming, family from a potential six-figure property tax bill. The Linns are among 200-plus landowners in Teton County motivated to keep up an agricultural designation. The property tax formula creates an incentive to raise livestock or crops, which in cases like the Linns’, protects open space from being subdivided into 35-acre tracts. “This herd of cows saves us pretty close to $100,000 a year,” Gene Linn told the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Read more

+ GIS/Valuation Technologies Virtual Conference is March 22-26

The 24th Annual GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference is next week and registration is still open. The conference is being offered as a virtual event in 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns. The conference will offer programming and a series of optional workshops. Programs will be offered on Tuesday, March 23 through noon on Thursday, March 25. Areas for the conference are GIS technologies, leadership development and policy; modeling and valuation; and a partner track. Workshops will be offered on Monday, March 22, the afternoon of Thursday, March 25, and Friday, March 26. Visit gisvaltech2021.sched.com for the full schedule. Read more
+ March is IAAO Membership Madness >
The first 64 members to refer a new member who joins IAAO in March will be entered into IAAO Membership Madness. That gives members the chance to receive one FREE 2021 IAAO Annual Conference Registration along with a guest room upgrade at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for the duration of the conference. The nightly rate of $199 plus tax will be the responsibility of the attendee. The 2021 IAAO Annual Conference will be from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1, 2021, in Chicago. Each IAAO Membership Madness bracket winner will be decided by a coin flip on Facebook Live at 10 a.m. Central on April 5, 2021. To refer a member, just have the new member include your name on the membership application form, available to download at www.iaao.org/memberapp. Read more
+ Financial market free webinar offered Friday >
IAAO will offer a complimentary webinar on the financial market, Looking into the Future, on March 19, from the new IAAO studios sponsored by Tyler Technologies. Pat Smith, Vice President and Planning Counsel for the MTC Holding Corporation, will present. Smith holds a juris doctorate and LLM in Taxation. He presented in 2020 and returns to lead a discussion of topics including the tumult of the COVID-19 virus and its effect on financial markets, the economy, monetary policy, interest rates and saving/investing for retirement. The discussion is general in nature and no participant should make any investment decisions without consulting their personal advisor. No CEUs will be issued for this webinar. Read more
+ Legal Seminar Call for Papers deadline is March 31
March 31 is the deadline to submit program topic proposals for the IAAO 42nd Annual Legal Seminar, set for Dec. 2-3, 2021, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Legal Task Force is seeking qualified professionals to present on topics of interest to lawyers and assessors. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following categories: unique valuation problems, effective representation, courtroom technology, public policy, appeal processes, public relations, and ethics. Click here for more information and to submit a presentation.
+ Volunteers needed for Annual Conference >
IAAO is looking for volunteers to work at the IAAO Annual Conference in Chicago, Aug. 29 - Sept. 1. By agreeing to volunteer eight hours, attendees can qualify for a reduced conference registration rate of $395. Once you are confirmed, each volunteer will receive a volunteer coupon code to use when registering. Most of the volunteer positions at the Annual Conference are associated with the registration desk, badge scanning at entrances to sessions, and assisting with coordination of offsite events. To volunteer, fill out the online form at http://www.illinoisiaao.org/volunteer-form or contact the Local Host Volunteer chairs, Chesney Leafblad at cleafblad@warrentownshipassessor.com, or Tim Jorczak at tjorczak@assessor-blm.com.
+ Nominations accepted for IAAO Awards, Fellows programs >
IAAO is accepting nominations for its Awards Program and Fellows Program through May 1. The Awards Program boasts 17 categories recognizing individual and organizational achievements in several areas, including publications, technical expertise, and service to IAAO. Award winners and Fellow selections are recognized at the IAAO Annual Conference. The Awards Program is a highly visible event and all IAAO members and affiliated organizations are encouraged to submit nominations. Fellow nominees are brought forth by the IAAO membership each year and submitted during the awards nominations period. Read more
+ Hot Topic: Individual vs. combined parcel valuation >
IAAO Connect members are discussing individual tax parcel valution vs. combined parcel valuation as an economic unit at highest and best use. Read more
Here’s what Mayor Justin Elicker, city Budget Director Michael Gormany and others trying to balance the city budget are up against: tax-exempt property in New Haven, Connecticut, now represents nearly 60 percent of the grand list on which the coming fiscal year’s budget is based, the city’s acting assessor says. For the 2020 grand list, tax-exempt property represents $8.5 billion, or 59.57 percent, compared with taxable property of $6.7 billion, according to Acting Assessor Alex Pullen. Read more
+ Chicago phone bank will come back next week after $6 million returned to homeowners >
Cook County, Illinois, Treasurer Maria Pappas and local TV station ABC 7 Chicago hosted “Black and Latino Houses Matter” on March 11 and 12, a phone bank to help Cook County homeowners find refunds, apply for property tax exemptions, and avoid a tax sale. More than 178,000 calls have been received over the past two days, with nearly $6 million returned to homeowners. As part of the campaign, Pappas invited homeowners to call her office to find out if the county owes them money. “This is like candy falling from the sky! People are excited,” Pappas said. Read more
+ California city to build 3-D printed houses >
Rancho Mirage, California’s desert playground city dotted with resorts and golf courses, is about to get a jolt into the 21st century. Development group Palari just named it the site of the country’s first 3D-printed community, which is set for completion by next spring. The Coachella Valley community will cover five acres and include 15 eco-friendly houses — all of which will be made from 3D-printed panels by Mighty Buildings, a construction technology company based in Oakland. Each property will include a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house of 1,450 square feet on a 10,000-square-foot lot with a swimming pool and deck for $595,000. A few will feature an additional 700-square-foot accessory dwelling unit with two bedrooms and a bathroom for $850,000. Read more
+ Marin County assessor probing $15,000 sale of three expensive Sausalito parcels >
The county plans to investigate the sale of three ridgetop parcels in Sausalito that sold for a total recorded price of $15,000, far below the previous list price of $2.5 million for each lot. Shelly Scott, the Marin County assessor-recorder-clerk, said, “… my eyebrows were raised” when she saw the recorded sale price. She said an investigation will be launched in the coming months and could take up to a year to complete. “We’re required under the law to make sure that each sale that comes through is at fair market value,” Scott said. “That basically means there is a willing buyer and a willing seller, but $15,000 for three properties that just the year prior were listed for $2.5 million, well, we need to look into that.” Read more
+ Coeur D'Alene, Idaho >
Chief Deputy Assessor, Kootenai County See more
Residential Appraiser I, Kootenai County See more
+ Denton, Texas >
Legal Specialist, Denton Central Appraisal District See more
+ Milford, Connecticut >
Deputy Assessor, City of Milford See more
+ Columbia, South Carolina >
County Assessor, Richland County See more
+ Washington, D.C. >
Real Property Market Analyst, Government of the District of Columbia See more
+ Painesville, Ohio >
Deputy Auditor Field Appraiser II, Lake County Auditor See more
+ Nashville, Tennessee >
Commercial Appeals Deputy Assessor, Metropolitan Nashville & Davidson County
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+ Wichita, Kansas >
Agricultural Appraiser, Sedgwick County Appraiser's Office See more
+ Charlotte, North Carolina >
Senior Appraiser-Commercial/Revaluation, Mecklenburg County See more
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