Watchdogs warn of coronavirus pandemic impact
on property tax
Government watchdogs are raising concerns about the impact the coronavirus shutdown could have on property taxes, with one sounding a call to re-open businesses as soon as possible, an approach medical experts say could undercut efforts to stop the virus spread. “I am very concerned about businesses not paying their rent, and therefore a drop in commercial property taxes,” Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance spokesman Paul Craney said. “Many cities and towns that rely heavily for commercial property taxes will feel the shortfall very soon.” Read more.
We always knew that when the revolution came, it would start with pineapple upside-down cheesecake. In mid-March, the Cheesecake Factory told landlords it couldn't pay April rent. Mattress Firm has done the same. So has Subway, which declared the spread of coronavirus a “force majeure,” legalese for “this was so unpredictable we can't fulfill the obligations of the contract.” Adidas used the German government’s COVID-19 response as grounds to withhold rent, too. Read more
As non-essential businesses are forced to close doors, some retail and e-commerce firms are ramping up hiring and operations in order to meet a surge in demand for necessities and home deliveries. “...We know that the bulking goods, the discount warehouses, the dollar stores, grocery stores are all doing very well,” says Naveen Jaggi, president of retail advisory services at real estate services firm JLL. Read more
+ IAAO seeking webinar topics, presenters >
IAAO is seeking topics and presenters for upcoming webinars, and if you are interested, please complete the online form. IAAO is looking for presentations that range in length between 60 and 120 minutes. Webinars are presented live and also made available to view after the event. For questions about presenting, please contact Erin Eades at eades@iaao.org. Click here for a link to our submission form.
+ Register for Prep & Trial Seminar in Des Moines >
Registration continues 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. The mock trial will feature a case involving a big-box store. Lawyers interested in obtaining CLE credit must register and note which state they are requesting credit for by April 17.See brochure for more information.
+ IAAO, Esri offering free webinar on GIS Tools and COVID-19 response >
IAAO is partnering with Esri on a free webinar on GIS tools, templates and free resources for COVID-19. The GIS and COVID-19: GIS and location analytics webinar is set for Wednesday, April 8 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Central and will review how GIS and location analytics can help guide your county or city's response to COVID-19. Read more
+ Online courses, webinars on sale during April >
IAAO is now offering an online self-study version of Course 101 - Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal, and during April members can sign up for the course, other online courses, and webinars at a discounted price. All online courses (offered in April OR in the future) will be available for 15% off the member rate for IAAO members who sign up during the month of April. Use code ECOURSE15OFF during checkout to receive the benefit. In addition, the Live Online version of Course 112 starting on April 14 can be purchased for 30% using code 30OFF112. IAAO also is offering 50% off any previously recorded webinar purchased during the month of April. IAAO members can use coupon code WEBINAR50OFF for the webinar discount. Read More
+ IAAO conducting survey on impact on COVID-19 and assessor offices >
IAAO is conducting a survey of members to gauge the impact of the COVID-19 and how it has affected members. IAAO understands in our current environment, change is the constant, and we are all learning to adapt and understand how best to move forward. The results will be used to determine what resources and tools IAAO can provide to best fit your needs. 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
+ 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
IAAO Connect Corner
+ Hot Topic: COVID-19 community on IAAO Connect >
IAAO Connect members are discussing the impact of COVID-19 in the new online community established on the pandemic. The new community was created to assist assessors and valuers around the world with issues regarding COVID-19. The online community is open to all assessors, valuers, and partners in hopes of sharing resources, ideas, and discussions. Read more
+ Lessons from states that embraced telework before the Coronavirus >
In 2019, according to the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, only about 19% of local governments had any kind of telework arrangements in place and fewer than half the states did. Even in states that had some telework capacity, only a handful provided that option for more than a modest portion of employees.  Over the last few weeks, however, as the world has turned upside-down in the wake of a monster pandemic, governments from coast to coast are setting up hastily erected teleworking systems to keep operations running while protecting workers’ health. Read more
Americans are listening to government guidelines to avoid crowds, putting stores, hotels and restaurants into near-total shutdowns. Retail, dining and hospitality have been particularly hard hit by social distancing measures undertaken to stem the spread of the coronavirus, new data show. Read more
The Chesterfield County, Virginia, government that it is furloughing about 450 full- and part-time employees beginning April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak’s impact on local operations and the economy. Affected employees were notified that they’ll be placed on leave without pay until the pandemic lifts and economic conditions improve. The furloughed employees will be eligible for unemployment benefits, as well as six months of health and dental insurance paid for by the county. They also can be re-hired without going through the county’s extensive application process. Read more
If you're feeling overwhelmed right now, you're not alone — even Google’s in-house productivity expert is grappling with the work and life changes that have arrived along with the coronavirus outbreak. Laura Mae Martin advises everyone from brand-new Google employees to executives at the company's highest levels on how to be more productive. Now, as the pandemic has forced Google employees to shift to remote work, Martin is coming up with new ways to stay motivated and to help cope with stress — and it's advice anyone can use, whether or not they work at Google. “One thing that I think is the most — if I had to say the most — important tip as far as getting things done from home, it's setting up a plan for yourself the day before,” Martin said. Read more
Over the course of just a few weeks, Congress and the Trump Administration have made progress on legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic, with three sweeping legislative packages signed into law in March. On March 27, Congress passed and the president signed the third and largest of these bills, the Coronavirus Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Totaling $2 trillion, the bill represents the largest rescue package in U.S. history and contains provisions across multiple federal agencies and programs that would support county priorities around health, human services, emergency preparedness and workforce development, among other issue areas. Read more
+ St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada >
Manager-Assessment, City of St. John's 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
+ Greenwich, Connecticut >
Assistant Tax Assessor, Town of Greenwich See more
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