GIS/Valuation Technology Conference canceled, Emerging Leadership Summit postponed >
In recognition of the growing health risks worldwide posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and decisions by governments and businesses to curtail activities over the next few weeks, IAAO and URISA canceled the GIS Valuation Technologies Conference, set for March 23-26, 2020, in Louisville, Kentucky. The 2020 Emerging Leadership Summit, originally scheduled for April 2-3 in Chicago at the Cook County Offices, has been postponed. Read more on GIS and ELS.
The interior walls of the derelict Holiday Travel Park hotel building on South Old Dixie Highway are coated in graffiti, visible through bashed-in windows. Scattered remnants of furniture litter the floors. A mottled blue-green ooze partially fills the swimming pool. The building sits across from the main entrance to Plantation Bay, whose residents have complained for years that it attracts criminals, homeless people and drug abusers. Read more
U.K. property funds have seized up as tumultuous markets threw doubts over real estate valuations, leaving about 11 billion pounds ($13 billion) of investors’ cash locked away. The managers said the coronavirus-fueled turmoil made it virtually impossible to keep the funds open. Read more
+ Legal Seminar Call for Papers deadline is March 31 >
March 31 is the deadline to submit program topic proposals for the IAAO 41st Annual Legal Seminar, set for Dec. 3-4, 2020, in Austin, Texas. The Legal Task Force is seeking qualified professionals to present on topics of interest to lawyers and assessors and 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 a link to our submission form.
+ IAAO now offering online options for challenge exams >
Thanks to efforts by the IAAO Professional Development Department, students wanting to take an IAAO special or challenge exam are now able to use online services. Using an online form, students will immediately receive supporting documentation, can pay for an exam using the IAAO online store, and use an online proctoring services as an option for the following exams: 101, 102, 300, and 331, at no additional costs.
+ Nominations accepted for Awards, Fellows program >
IAAO is accepting nominations through May 1 for its Awards Program and Fellows Program. 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 annually and submitted during the awards nominations period. Read more
+ April 15 IAAO webinar: Excel Can Do That?! Part 3 >
This webinar follows the popular webinars "Excel Can Do That?!" and "Excel Can Do That?! Part 2." In this third installment, participants will learn how the new Power features in Excel can be used to enhance assessors' workflows, gain actionable insights, and increase productivity. Read more
IAAO Connect Corner
+ Hot Topic: Changes in fees to file appeals >
IAAO Connect members are currently discussing whether there has been a drop in the number of abatement requests from tax reps. Read more
+ Coronavirus help: U.S. mortgage backers halt foreclosures for 60 days >
Certain borrowers nervous about missed house payments got some relief as two major government backers of mortgages have said they’re stopping foreclosure work for the next 60 days. The Federal Housing Administration and Fannie Mae announced moves to help out borrowers behind on house payments as part of effort to mitigate the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Read more
Just last week, Zach Jacobs and his wife had 95% of their Tampa, Florida, Airbnb’s dates booked for the next three months. By Sunday, that number had dwindled down to 5% as the coronavirus outbreak began to spread throughout the U.S.
“We went from a fantastic outlook for the next three months, to absolutely devastating — every single reservation disappeared,” said Jacobs, who estimates he and his wife have lost more than $5,000 in cancellations. “We will have to get very creative on paying the bills and keeping the mortgage paid.” Read more
Senators in the Kansas Legislature last week embraced sweeping changes to restrain county appraisers and property valuations that increase local tax burdens. The Senate passed legislation that would prohibit appraisers from increasing property valuations because of normal maintenance made to the property. They also couldn’t raise valuations while valuations are being appealed. Read more
The Trump Organization paid bribes, through middlemen, to New York City tax assessors to lower its property tax bills for several Manhattan buildings in the 1980s and 1990s, according to five former tax assessors and city employees as well as a former Trump Organization employee. Read more
+ Philadelphia >
Chief Assessment Officer, City of Philadelphia-Office of Property Assessment See more
+ Red Deer, Alberta, Canada >
Assessment Coordinator/Analyst, The City of Red Deer See more
+ Nashua, New Hampshire
Chief Assessor, City of Nashua See more
+ Chesterfield, Virginia >
Appraiser IV, Chesterfield County See more
+ Greenwich, Connecticut >
Assistant Tax Assessor, Town of Greenwich See more
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