Every state has a "right-to-farm" law on the books to protect farmers from being sued by their neighbors for reduction in property values from the smells and noise created by farming operations. But this year, the agriculture industry has been pushing in several states to amend those laws so that they will effectively prevent neighbors from suing farms at all — even massive industrial livestock operations. Read more
For years, 39 Pearl Street was the embodiment of Brooklyn’s bohemian renaissance. The rock band Sonic Youth got its start on the fifth floor, while the band Blue Öyster Cult used to rehearse downstairs. Many of the residents have been artists, teachers, and filmmakers whose apartments were rent-controlled before they pooled resources and bought the building in 1998. Now a city clerical error threatens to take it away. Read more
Out-of-state developers spent millions of dollars buying Syracuse buildings just to tear them down, because there was money to be made putting up apartments for wealthy college kids. Hundreds of students have flocked to the new apartment buildings. They pay up to three times the average local rent. Amenities include wood-style flooring, 50-inch TVs and on-site fitness centers. It’s a booming business. And it gets a lot of help from taxpayers. Read more
+ Registration underway for Annual Conference >
The 85th Annual International Conference on Assessment Administration is set for Sept. 8-11, 2019, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Registration for the conference is open and the early bird registration deadline is July 19. More than 110 educational sessions are scheduled at the conference and the full list is available to view. Read more
+ Christine Stinchcomb appointed to NGAC >
Christine Stinchcomb, CMS, a Senior Cartographer/Appraiser IV with the Paulding County Georgia Board of Tax Assessors and the IAAO representative on the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations has been appointed to serve on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) through the end of 2021, representing the interests of county government. Read more
+ Legal Call for Papers deadline extended to April 26 >
The deadline for submission of abstracts on potential topics for the 40th Annual Legal Seminar has been extended to Friday, April 26. The 2019 legal seminar is scheduled for Dec. 5-6 in Phoenix, and the Legal Task Force is seeking qualified professionals to present on topics of interest to attorneys and assessors. Topics will be considered from the following categories: unique valuation problems, effective representation, technology, public policy, and ethics. The 200-word abstract submissions should be sent to Heather Steel by April 26. Read more
+ Contracting for Assessment Services Standard Ok'd >
The IAAO Board of Directors approved the revised Standard on Contracting for Assessment Services at its recent Board meeting in Austin. The revised standard is available to download from the website. Read more
+ Limited hotel rooms now available for IAAO Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. >
A limited number of hotel rooms are now available at the Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol hotel for ELS attendees. The room rate is $199 per night and can be reserved online. IAAO's first-ever Emerging Leadership Summit is set for May 30-31 in Washington, D.C., and scholarships are available. The summit will focus on helping attendees in becoming good leaders. The summit will explore emerging trends, leadership issues, professional development, property valuation and land administration for property tax development worldwide. Read more
+ Nominations accepted for Awards, Fellows programs >
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

+ Report: property tax reform need to boost Scottish council funding >
A new system of property tax and environmental charges should be introduced to boost Scottish council funding, according to a report. The joint paper from Unison and the Jimmy Reid Foundation calls for a "fundamental review" of funding. It recommends moving towards a "more progressive" system which would shift the burden onto property and landowners rather than council taxpayers. The Scottish government said its own reforms would "empower" councils. Read more
New Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi is shifting the property-tax burden onto commercial buildings by valuing them based on real market sales and income data, Crain’s Chicago Business reported earlier this week. Since higher property taxes are typically passed on to tenants, that could dilute one of Chicago office landlords’ main selling points: the low expense of renting space here, relative to other cities. Read more
The potential loss of on-street parking for protected bike lanes along Columbia Street in Vancouver, Washington, has prompted Glen Yung of the Hough neighborhood to pack up and leave. Yung lives on Columbia, and while his seven-member household has been able to make it work with two vehicles, he said they intend to sell their five-bedroom house and roll the dice on a selling price rather than wait on whatever course the city ultimately takes on installing bike lanes after it chose to postpone the first phase of the plan following public outcry. Read more
Last year was a good year for state coffers. Income from property taxes reached $304.6 billion, an increase of 4% over the $293.4 billion earned during 2017, according to a report released from ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of a national property database. Some cities outpaced the national average, with Seattle seeing double digit gains of 14%, while others reached as high as 8% (Dallas-Fort Worth), 7% (San Francisco) and 5% (Riverside-San Bernardino). The average property tax paid by homeowners in 2018 was $3,498 for a single-family home, an increase of 3% from $3,399 in 2017. Read more
+ Fairfax, Virginia >
Supervising Real Estate Appraiser for Fairfax County Government  See More
+ Toronto, ON, Canada >
Property Valuation Specialist, Centralized Properties for MPAC - Pickering  See More
+ Savannah, GA >
Support Services GIS Supervisor for Chatham County Board of Assessors  See More
+ Hillsboro, OR  >
Property Appraiser I/II for Washington County  See More
+ Auburn, CA >
Appraiser - Senior for Placer County  See More
+ Kodiak Island Borough, AK >
Assessor for Kodiak Island Borough  See More
+ Multiple Cities, ON, Canada >
Data Analyst, Assessment Standards and Mass Appraisal (5) for MPAC   See More
+ Liberty, NY >
Sole Appointed Assessor for Town of Liberty  See More
+ Spatialest >
Regional Sales Manager for Spatialest   See More
+ Littleton, CO >
Appraiser III - Commercial for Arapahoe County  See More
+ Fairfax, Virginia >
Real Estate Appraiser II for Fairfax County  See More
+ Fairfax, Virginia >
Real Estate Appraiser II for Fairfax County  See More
+ Wichita, Kansas >
County Appraiser for Sedgwick County  See More
+ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania >
Chief Assessment Officer for the City of Philadelphia  See More
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