Some legislators are working on a bill to make school property tax a thing of the past in Pennsylvania, and lawmakers have a plan to come up with the money. If House Bill 13 passes, Pennsylvania's $15 billion dollar state property tax would be a thing of the past. So where would that $15 billion come from? Lawmakers plan to come up with the money by increasing sales tax 2 percent (taking it from 6 percent to 8 percent), increasing local personal income tax 1.85 percent, and putting a 5 percent tax on your retirement money, excluding social security. Read more
South Florida’s real estate market is known for being pricey, but what are those millionaires paying for their not-so-humble abodes when the taxman comes? Here’s a by-the-numbers look at some of the priciest tax bills for mansions across Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties ... Read more
Study after study has found that living in neighborhoods with abundant green space is linked to better health. These include better heart health, stronger cognitive development, and greater overall longevity. But when it comes to promoting human health, not all green spaces are created equal. That’s the conclusion of new Australian research, which finds higher levels of wellness in areas marked by one particular manifestation of the natural world: leafy trees. Read more
+ 2020 Board of Director candidates certified >
The following candidates for the IAAO Board of Directors were unanimously approved by the Nominating Committee on July 22, 2019, and will be on the ballot in November: President-Elect - Greg McHenry, AAS; Vice President – L. Wade Patterson; Region 1 - Tanya Giddings; Dinah L. Kilgore; and Deborah Nielsen. Region 2 – William Healey, RES; R. Lane Partridge; and Samantha Steele. Region 3 – G. Cecil Jackson, Jr. RES, AAS; Don Long; and David Brian Sanford, CAE. Read more
+ August webinar is on using data for assessments >
The Power of Insights: Using Data for Fair and Equitable Assessments will be the subject of a webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 21, and will review the benefits of integrating mapping and aerial photography with CAMA systems. Join this webinar and learn how Fulton County, Georgia, overcame fluctuating tax appraisals and rates, disjointed processes, and community distrust by revolutionizing their methods of sharing data to provide valuable insights to decision-makers, department staff, and the public. Hear how this journey started and where it’s headed. Read more
+ Volunteers needed for Committees, Task Forces >
IAAO is accepting applications from potential volunteers to serve on committees and task forces over the next year. This is a great opportunity to become involved in the association, meet others, and to share your time and talent by assisting IAAO and the industry through volunteer service. Apply to volunteer before Oct. 15, 2019! Volunteer appointments for 2020 will take place by Nov. 1, 2019. Members interested in volunteering can visit the IAAO Connect site to apply. Read more
+ Conference online registration closes Aug. 9 >
Online registration closes on Friday, Aug. 9, for the 85th Annual International Conference on Assessment Administration, set for Sept. 8-11, 2019, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. More than 110 educational sessions are scheduled at the conference and the full list is available online. United States residents are reminded a passport is required to enter Canada. Read more
+ Take part in the IAAO Conference golf tournament >
The annual IAAO Conference Golf Tournament is set for Sunday, Sept. 8, at the John Daly-designed Thundering Waters Golf Club in Niagara Falls, and spots remain for players to register. The registration deadline is August 15th and the cost is $33 USD per player and includes green fees, cart, transportation, continental breakfast, lunch, and prizes. Club rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $25 USD. Read more

IAAO Connect Corner
+ Hot Topic: Leasehold airplane hangar sales  >
Currently IAAO Connect members are discussing looking for leasehold airplane hangar sales to sale Read more
+ Potential loss of millions in property tax revenue hangs over Kansas county during big-box retailers' appeals >
Angst loomed over public discussion of the county budget Monday night as residents and commissioners considered the possible impact of appeals made by big box retailers on their property values that could cost local governments millions. Johnson County, Kansas, Commission Chairman Ed Eilert sought to reassure the roomful of county residents that the county would use reserves or cut spending to counterbalance the potential revenue loss from property tax appeals by Walmart, Target and other big-box retailers. He stopped short of promising there would be no tax levy increase in the future to cover some of the possible $20 million the county could lose if the stores are successful in court. Read more
+ Greece approves big cut on property tax >
The Greek parliament approved an across-the-board reduction of a deeply unpopular property tax on Tuesday, fulfilling an election pledge of new prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The bill, which was submitted to parliament as a priority by the newly-elected conservative government, cuts the property tax by up to 30 percent, depending on the total estimated value of a taxpayer’s assets. Read more
The City of Richmond Hill, a municipality in Canada, is set to accept bitcoin (BTC) for property tax payments from residents and businesses, according to an announcement  Monday. The municipality has partnered cryptocurrency trading platform and payments processor Coinberry for the initiative. Once the deal is concluded, over 200,000 residents of the city will see bitcoin as a payment option on the municipality's website. Read more
+ Experts warn against New Orleans short-term rental limits; housing advocate says, 'It's just protecting the already wealthy' >
As the New Orleans City Council prepares to vote this month on final revisions to proposed rules for short-term rental units in the city, a consultant hired by the council is recommending against council members' proposals that would sharply limit such rentals outside of residentially zoned properties and require them to be offset with an equal number of units set aside for lower-income residents. Read more
+ Portland, OR >
Chief Appraiser, Multnomah County See more
+ Olathe, KS >
Commercial Appraiser I, Johnson County Government See more
+ Corvallis, OR >
Sales Data Analyst, Benton County See more
+ Atlanta >
Deputy Chief Appraiser, Fulton County See more
+ Fort Collins, CO >
Chief Deputy Assessor, Larimer County See more
+ Chesterfield, VA >
Appraiser I, Chesterfield County See more
+ Regina, SK, Canada >
City Assessor, City of Regina See more
+ Marietta, GA >
Real Property Appraiser, Cobb County Board of Tax Assessors See more
+ McKinney, Texas >
Commercial Staff Appraiser, Collin Central Appraisal District See more
+ Alexandria, VA >
Appraiser, City of Alexandria See more
+ Georgetown, Texas >
Residential Appraiser, Williamson Central Appraisal District See more
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