What we can learn from Germany’s unique method of calculating property values 
As countries struggle to regulate and standardize the techniques and technology behind how valuing real estate, Germany offers some important lessons for the impacts of regulation. Germany is part of the European Union, but Germans were apparently not satisfied with how the rest of the world calculates the book value of real property. Instead, they have chosen a more complicated and more regulated approach to real estate appraisal. Read more
St. Paul residents continue legal fight against street fees
 St. Paul, Minnesota, property owners have filed new appeals in a legal battle that has already forced the city to raise taxes to pay for street maintenance. The property owners say street repairs benefit the entire city, so they shouldn't have to foot the bill. Read more
Supreme Court leaves CDC eviction moratorium in place ... for now
The Supreme Court is leaving a pandemic-inspired nationwide ban on evictions in place, over the votes of four objecting conservative justices. The court on Tuesday rejected a plea by landlords to end the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium on evicting millions of tenants who aren’t paying rent during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more
+ IAAO backs bill to defray costs of GPS interference
IAAO has joined a group of more than 100 organizations and companies endorsing the proposed non-partisan “RETAIN GPS and Satellite Communications Act.” The Senate bill, introduced by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, hopes to defray the costs of impact of interference on GPS devices used by assessors and others by a new, private wireless network owned by satellite communications company Ligado. A previous FCC order did not require Ligado to pay the costs of GPS interference their new network could cause to users of devices and applications. Read the endorsement letter. Read the Retain Act text.
+ Reminder: IAAO has an RFP portal
The Request for Proposal (RFP) process is often time-consuming, and maximizing exposure can be challenging. To address these common issues, IAAO has a site on IAAO Connect to review or post an RFP, RFI, or RFQ. By posting in IAAO Connect, your request will be easily accessible by nearly 8,000 IAAO members. Associate members interested in responding now have one place to check for RFPs, RFIs, and RFQs from throughout the industry. To view or post RFPs, go to IAAO Connect and join the RFP Community. Additional instructions on joining or posting RFPs are available at www.iaao.org/rfp.

+ Register TODAY to take advantage of early registration rates at THE assessing event of the year

July 16 is the early registration deadline for the in-person and virtual components of the 2021 IAAO Annual Conference, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 in Chicago. Nearly 600 people have signed up since registration opened just a few weeks ago. Here's a new schedule at a glance. 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. Check out the video from keynote speaker Morris Morrison promoting the conference. Register here.

+ Webinar to review everything you need to know about the 2021 Annual Conference

The IAAO Annual Conference is right around the corner, and IAAO will be presenting a free webinar from noon to 1:00 p.m. July 30 with event details. Hosted by the IAAO Headquarters Team and Local Host Committee, the webinar will dive into the details that will make this the best IAAO conference yet. Come learn the ins, outs and must-sees directly from the people who make it all possible. There is no charge for the webinar and no CEU Hours provided.
+ Learn about the IAAO 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 additional words are now on library pages. 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 Toni Eichholz at eichholz@iaao.org by Aug. 17.
+ Second winner picked in demographic campaign; update your profile for a chance at $50
Rick Conti ASA, ARM/PP, MAA, Assessor for the City of Taunton, Massachusetts, is the second recipient of a $50 gift card for participating in the IAAO demographic campaign. IAAO launched the demographic data collection campaign on June 1. Members who update their profile are entered in a drawing for $50 gift cards sponsored by Tyler Technologies. The profile update includes additional information than was collected in previous years. The information will be used to assess IAAO’s membership makeup, and highlight the diversity of our global community. Update your profile.
+ The Appraisal Foundation needs board candidates
The Appraisal Foundation has begun its annual search for candidates to serve on the Appraiser Qualifications Board and the Appraisal Standards Board. Individuals serving on the Boards are compensated for their time and are reimbursed for travel expenses. Those selected for a position on the AQB or ASB will serve initial terms of one to three years starting Jan. 1, 2022. For more information, and to apply, go to https://www.appraisalfoundation.org.
+ Registration now open for 2021 Women’s Initiative Workshop
Registration is now open for the Women’s Initiative Workshop, an online presentation to take place over four days in September. The topic will be “Building Diversity, Equity & Inclusion From a Foundation of Emotional Intelligence,” and will be presented by Christine Watkins Davies, MA, PCC, and Zach Montroy, SPHR, on Sept. 22, 23, 29 and 30. All programs will run from noon to 4 p.m. Central. The workshop will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of emotional intelligence as well as a key set of tools to be the well-rounded leader needed in today’s environment. The cost to register is $225 for IAAO members and $365 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 10, to allow participants to receive and complete the EQi 2.0 Online Assessment before the workshop. Participants will receive their individualized 27-page report at the session. Register here.
IAAO Connect members are discussing loading cap rates. Read more
It's been six years since Taiwanese giant Formosa Petrochemical Corp. laid out plans for a multibillion-dollar mega-plastics complex in Louisiana, but much of the company's economic incentive package remains intact despite numerous delays a fraught relationship with environmental activists. One thing that hasn't changed for the company is its lucrative state promise of a 100% property tax break for 10 years on the project. Read more
Chinas red-hot property prices are once again back under regulatory glare. Policymakers in Beijing are looking to enforce a property tax to rein in soaring housing prices. This may come soon in the form of a test run of reforms, according to news reports. Read more
Working in partnership with the City of Chicago and the Cook County Assessor’s Office, ULI Chicago convened a group of experts which reviewed the Illinois Department of Revenue Sales Ratio Studies and other sources and constructed a hypothetical scenario of what the fair assessment and taxation might have looked like and how it might impact different property types.  The scenario is based on conditions in 2018, when Chicago was last reassessed, in an effort to provide insight before Chicago’s 2021 reassessment. Read more
The property tax rate in Lewiston, Maine, has been reduced thanks to $100 million in new valuation from the New England Clean Energy Connect project. City officials announced the tax rate drop Tuesday, which comes after a contentious budget season marked by debates over Lewiston's high tax rate and overdue revaluation. Read more
+ San Diego
Division Chief I, Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk, County of San Diego See more

+ Charleston, West Virginia
Director of Property Tax, West Virginia State Tax Department See more

+ Hartford, Connecticut
Chief Assessment Technician, City of Hartford Finance Department See more

+ San Jose, California
Deputy Assessor, County of Santa Clara See more

+ West Hartford, Connecticut
Property Appraiser III-Residential Property, Town of West Hartford See more

+ Chesterfield, Virginia
Director of Real Estate Assessments, Chesterfield County See more

+ Lincoln, Nebraska
Senior Commercial Appraiser, Lancaster County Assessor's Office See more

+ Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
Residential Appraiser I, Kootenai County See more

+ Boston
Deputy Director of Valuation, City of Boston Assessing Department See more

+ Rochester, Minnesota
Commercial Appraiser, Olmsted County See more

+ Globe, Arizona
Chief Deputy Assessor, Gila County See more

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