County, developer in property tax fight over former Air Force base housing area >
A series of lawsuits against Meade County, South Dakota, for nearly a decades worth of tax assessments of a housing development near Ellsworth Air Force Base may be heading toward a resolution. The lawsuits, which span back to 2012, claim Meade County overvalued the leaseholder interest of 828 housing units built by developer Hunt Companies in the 1990s on land owned by the United States government. In later lawsuits, Hunt Companies began claiming that their leaseholder interest is exempt from taxation since they were built on government land. Read more
The Biden-Harris Administration is announcing new steps to help narrow the racial wealth gap and reinvest in communities that have been left behind. Specifically, the Administration is expanding access to two key wealth-creators – homeownership and small business ownership – in communities of color and disadvantaged communities. Read more
Before the coronavirus recession, Utah’s housing market was on fire. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, which sent residents of Northern California and Seattle in search of affordable houses and more space, and an already-hot market grew hotter. Dave Robison, past president of the Utah Association of Realtors and Salt Lake City Realtor, sums up the activity simply: “It’s insane.” Read more
+ Register TODAY to take advantage of early-bird rates at THE assessing event of the year >
Registration has started for the in-person and virtual components of the 2021 IAAO Annual Conference, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 in Chicago. The Annual Conference is the premier platform to share successes, discover best practices, and learn about the latest research in the field of property appraisal. Participants may register online, or registration forms are available to download. More than 70 sessions will be offered at the in-person conference, and the virtual conference component will include access to a select number of education sessions, networking opportunities, exhibitors/sponsors, and more. In addition, as of June 1, Chicago has removed restrictions on all visitors from other states requiring vaccinations or negative COVID-19 tests. Register here

+ IAAO launches demographic campaign; update your profile for a chance at a $50 gift card >

IAAO launched a new three-part demographic data collection campaign this week, starting with a member profile update. Members who update their profile will be entered in a drawing for $50 gift cards sponsored by Tyler Technologies. The profile information includes additional details than collected in previous years. The information will be used to assess IAAO’s membership makeup and highlight the diversity of our global community. Profile updates are a focal point for the new IAAO Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, and in addition to the profile update project, the Task Force is working on a short Office/Community Survey to send to each membership office along with a member wide Diversity and Inclusion Temperature Check Survey. Update your profile
+ June 8 workshop: Appraising commercial properties in a declining market >
IAAO is offering Forum 909, a one-day workshop on “The Appraisal of Commercial Properties in a Declining Market” on Tuesday, June 8. Many jurisdictions are experiencing a decline in the value of their commercial and industrial properties for the first time in recent history. Explore the process for valuing properties that fall into this category. The exploration of capitalization rates, vacancy calculations, and market rents are critical to this task. The impact and adjustment of using the market approach will also be discussed. The course offers 7.5 hours of IAAO recertification credit. The cost is $179 for IAAO members and $199 for nonmembers. Register online
+ Learn about the Library in our Words with Assessor game >
The Friends of the IAAO Paul V. Corusy Library Trust are inviting IAAO members to a game of Words with Assessors, with a chance to win gift cards. During the contest, which runs from May to Aug. 10, a new word will be hidden on library webpages each week. Just find the words and enter them on the playing card. The first word (LIBRARY) was in a May/June F+E article, and the second word is now on a library page. Participants will learn more about the library and the resources it has to offer. The drawings for gift cards for those members who find the most words and complete the game board will take place the 2021 IAAO Annual Conference. Completed game cards can be brought to the conference or emailed to eichholz@iaao.org by Aug. 17.
+ June 4 webinar will discuss trends in commercial real estate >
“What's Going Down in Commercial Real Estate?" will be the focus of the June IAAO webinar at noon Central on Friday, June 4. The COVID-19 Recession has left its mark on the economy, influencing various types of commercial real estate in different ways. This webinar will look at national market trends for a range of commercial use groups, as well as some suggestions on appraising in a declining market. The webinar will be presented by Brad Eldridge, CAE, and will offer two hours of continuing education credits. Read more
Learn Excel’s most useful assessing tips and tricks in June 29 webinar >
Need to learn more about Excel and all the tips and tricks it offers? Vision Government Solutions is sponsoring a free webinar at 12:30 p.m. Central on June 29 to “Discover Excel’s Most Useful Assessing Tips and Tricks.” David Cornell of Cornell Consultants, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer, will review Excel’s new charts and graphs; show how to apply logic based conditional formatting; teach participants how to automate data preparation and cleaning; use Power Query, Pivot Tables and Power Pivot Tables; and how to create custom statistical measures in Excel (coefficient of dispersion, for example). Sign up online.
+ Hot Topic: electric car charging stations >
IAAO Connect members are discussing valuation/taxation of electric vehicle charging stations. Read more
St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman is urging the Missouri county to rid itself of a high-interest “clean energy” residential loan program, equating proposals to add market competition and consumer protections to “putting lipstick on a pig.” Questions have been raised about the program following a ProPublica investigation that found that some PACE borrowers, saddled with the substantial costs of home improvements, are faced with high tax bills that they are unable to pay. More than 100 PACE program participants, out of about 2,700 analyzed, were at risk of losing their homes, ProPublica found. Read more
Local property tax will be reviewed every four years under an overhauled system which also brings newly-built homes into the net. People will be asked to value their own homes under the adjusted property tax system which will be based on “fairness” and “affordability,” Ireland's Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said. Wealthy local authority areas will be allowed keep all funds collected from the taxes under the reworked system, meaning funding from central Government will have to be allocated to make up the deficit across other councils. Read more
Taxpayers in Nassau County, New York, may still be footing an annual $22.8 million bill for ineligible residents claiming veterans’ property-tax exemptions, according to a May audit report. Read more
Madison County, New York, was recruiting a new financial analyst in January 2020. The job was hers, but she asked some questions. “She wanted to know if we offered work-from-home options,” County Administrator Mark Scimone said. “I said ‘No, we’re a government, we don’t do work from home. That’s not something we do and that’s not something I envision us doing.’” She took the job anyway and started in March. Within a week, she and many of the county’s roughly 600 employees were working from home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. That dramatic shift illustrates how fast the conventional wisdom regarding county personnel trends can change. Read more
+ David Ginsborg, Santa Clara, California, Deputy Assessor, to retire >
Santa Clara County Assessor Lawrence Stone announced last Friday that his right-hand-man, David Ginsborg, will retire on July 1. Ginsborg, who has been with the assessor’s office for 24 years, joined the office in 1997, two years after Stone became assessor. He leaves to become Executive Director of a synagogue in a neighboring county. “David's contribution to me and the Assessor's Office have been monumental, and he leaves behind a tremendous legacy,” Stone wrote. Read more
+ Fort Lauderdale, Florida >
Appeals Specialist, Broward County Propety Appraiser See more
+ Ontario, Canada >
Manager, Centralized Properties, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation See more
+ Westerly, Rhode Island >
Assistant Assessor, Town of Westerly See more
+ Boston >
Deputy Director of Valuation, City of Boston Assessing Department See more
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