Property owners brace for Nashville's 34% tax hike >
Davidson County, Tennessee, property owners will need to prepare for a higher tax bill after the Metro Council gave final approval to next year’s budget. Nashville Mayor John Cooper said he would not have considered an increase this large if Nashville was not facing record financial challenges. Read more
It looks like real-estate porn. Literally. When real-estate developer Nile Niami put his $100 million Beverly Hills house on the market in 2017, he commissioned a steamy marketing video to promote it. The video features young female models undulating in poses throughout the 20,500-square-foot, seven-bedroom mansion. Nearly three years later, with the home still on the market, Williams is rebranding it to lure families, who have been the primary buyers of contemporary houses over the past year. Read more
Walt Disney World and the lodging industry lobby just won a sweeping legal victory that could save Disney and other big hotel owners millions of dollars in taxes. Ruling in a years-long lawsuit between Disney and Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh, an appellate court determined that Singh’s office improperly inflated the value of Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort, a luxury hotel with an annual property tax bill of more than $4 million. Read more
+ Virtual annual conference schedule, session list released >
The preliminary list of sessions and overall schedule for the 86th Annual International Conference on Assessment Administration is now available on the IAAO website. IAAO is transforming the conference into an exciting virtual conference featuring educational sessions, an exhibit hall, and special events. The 2020 virtual conference will take place Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. IAAO posted the list of sessions speakers agreed to present online and is working on scheduling the sessions during the conference. For more information, see the conference schedule and education session list.
+ IAAO offering several live online courses this summer >

IAAO is offering several courses live online in July and August, and registration is now open for the courses. Currently scheduled are

  • Course 500: Assessment of Personal Property with Lisa Hobart, CAE, PPS, FIAAO, Mondays and Wednesdays, starting July 6
  • —Course 402: Tax Policy with Jason Frost, CAE, Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting July 7
  • —Course 201: Appraisal of Land with Larry Clark, CAE, FIAAO, Mondays and Wednesdays, starting July 20
  • —Workshop 163: Marshall & Swift Cost Approach (Commercial) with Larry Clark, CAE, FIAAO, Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting July 21
  • —Workshop 100: Understanding Real Property Appraisal with Paul Bidanset, Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting July 28
  • —Course 102: Income Approach to Valuation with Tom Frey, RES, AAS, Mondays and Wednesdays, starting Aug. 10. Read more
+ Legal Seminar set for Dec. 3-4 in Austin; registration now open >
The IAAO 41st Annual Legal Seminar will be presented at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown Dec. 3-4, 2020, in Austin, Texas. It will cover legal topics of interest to members of the assessment and property tax industry. Attendees may register online or submit a paper form with payment. Fees are $500 for IAAO members and $700 for nonmembers until Nov. 2. After that date, fees increase to $550 for members and $750 for nonmembers. For more information, see the registration and hotel page. Read more
+ Run for the Board of Directors! The deadline is July 6 >
Members interested in running for the IAAO Board of Directors should submit candidate materials by July 6. Check out the Elections page for more information. Regular members in good standing will be able to vote electronically from Nov. 1-15, 2020, for the 2021 Regular Board Member and Officer positions. There will not be an election for the Associate Members in 2020. Read more
+ Share your IAAO membership story >
How has membership in your local IAAO Chapter or Affiliate contributed to your success? IAAO would love to hear how your involvement at the local level helped you both professionally and personally. To see President Elect Greg McHenry’s story, click here. Share your story by email to Jill Wilbeck, Senior Membership Services Manager, at wilbeck@iaao.org
+ Are you a second-generation IAAO designee? >
Or are you a designee married to a designee? We're looking for designee families to interview for a future story in Fair+Equitable magazine. If you belong to an IAAO designee family, please contact F+E Editor Keith Robison at robison@iaao.org
IAAO Connect Corner
+ Hot Topic: Virtual conferences >
IAAO Connect members are discussing various aspects of virtual conferences in several threads in the Open Fourm of IAAO Connect. Read more
New York landlords fall short on property taxes after COVID-19 wipe out rent payments >
July 1 marked the deadline for thousands of beleaguered building owners to fork over billions of dollars in property taxes to New York City — and nearly half of them are expected to fall short. Some 6 percent of property owners won’t be able to pay their tax bills at all, while another 39 percent will only be able to make partial payments, according to a survey by trade group Community Housing Improvement Program, or CHIP. Read more
About 114,000 more Florida properties are at risk of flooding in a 100-year storm than the Federal Emergency Management Agency currently estimates, according to a model released Monday by a nonprofit arguing the country has undersold its vulnerability to disasters. Read more
Putnam County, New York, Legislator Paul Jonke filed a $1.5 million breach of contract lawsuit against the town of Carmel, claiming the town offered him the assessor’s job but then later rescinded the offer at a point when it was too late for Jonke to reapply for the town of Kent assessor’s position — the job he held at the time Carmel allegedly make him the offer. Read more
The VALUER research project will see the first mortgages and additional borrowing offered in the UK that recognize home energy efficiency in their affordability calculations. The project aims to develop understanding and demonstrate the emerging difference in value between low and high energy homes. As part of the project, green mortgages and additional borrowing products will be made available to two ‘geofenced’ pilot areas in South Wales. Read more
Employees in the Wayne County and Wayne Township assessors' offices have been working from home recently during a 14-day quarantine after three county assessor's office employees tested positive for COVID-19. According to Ken Paust, president of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, all of the employees in the two assessors' offices were tested after one person was found to have been infected by the novel coronavirus. That round of testing found the other two cases. None of the three individuals is seriously ill, Paust said. Read more
+ Chelsea, Massachusetts >
Assessor, City of Chelsea See more
+ Washington, North Carolina >
Tax Assessor, Beaufort County See more
+ Newbury, New Hampshire >
Assistant Assessor, Tri Town Assessing See more
+ Minot, North Dakota >
Director of Tax Equalization, Ward County See more
+ Nashua, New Hampshire >
Chief Assessor, City of Nashua See more
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