Local governments are dangling hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to persuade companies like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft to build server farms in their backyards. But the deals are shrouded in secrecy and the average cost of $1 million per job raises questions about their value. Read more
Amid calls to #taxthechurches, how much do U.S. religious organizations not pay the tax man?
#TaxTheChurches began trending on Twitter in mid-July. The spark was allegations about the wealth of celebrity pastor Joel Osteen. But it wasn’t the first time that the “tax the churches” idea has circulated. In fact, it’s a slogan that long predates social media … Frank Zappa was singing it back in 1981 and Mark Twain expressed similar sentiments a long time before that. Read more
According to Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang, the annual property tax Assessment Roll has been completed leading to 3.7% growth during an unprecedented year in the Los Angeles real estate market. In plain English, the new Los Angeles property tax roll will be assessed on the new value of $1.76 trillion. Without the help of Prop 13, Prop 19, and Prop 60, which help limit increases in assessed values and property taxes in California, this property tax roll number could be even higher. Read more
Conference in-person registration now onsite; virtual registration continues until Aug. 25
New registrations to attend the IAAO Annual Conference in Chicago, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, will now be handled at the conference site in Chicago. Registrations for the virtual component will continue until Wednesday, Aug. 25. If you plan to register for the in-person meeting in Chicago, complete the paper registration form to expedite onsite registration. More than 1,000 people have registered to take part in the annual conference. Also, 11 a.m. Central Friday, Aug. 20, is the deadline to register for the Illinois Chapter of IAAO golf outing, taking place Sunday, Aug. 29.

Diversity and inclusion conference scholarship deadline is Aug. 23

A new scholarship to assist an individual underrepresented in the field of property appraisal, assessment administration, and property tax policy to attend the Annual Conference is available. Applications are due Monday, Aug. 23. The $1,500 scholarship is designed to defray registration, hotel, and transportation fees for a member from an underrepresented demographic group within IAAO. These demographics include, but are not limited to, people of color, LGBTQ+, people with (dis)abilities, international, and rural jurisdictions. Because of the recent launch of this new scholarship opportunity, only applications submitted by Aug. 23, 2021, will be considered. Applications should be submitted to scholarships@iaao.org. Questions may be sent to Ashley Lathrop at lathrop@iaao.org or 816-701-8125. Application form
Registration deadline for virtual IEW is Sept. 6
Registration for the virtual Instructor Evaluation Workshop for members interested in becoming a virtual instructor closes on Sept. 6. The IEW is an intensive, three-day event that allows participants to showcase their training skills and abilities related to the delivery of IAAO materials in a virtual classroom setting. The online IEW will be offered Nov. 4-6 via the Zoom platform. Those who pass the virtual evaluation will be junior instructors and certified to teach in the virtual classroom. Register here.
GIS/Val Tech Conference Workshop, presentation proposals due Sept. 15
URISA and IAAO are requesting workshop and presentation proposals by Sept. 15 for the 25th Annual GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference taking place next March in New Orleans. This conference has been the favorite annual event for assessors and GIS professionals who apply technology to make property assessment and tax administration more accurate and efficient. The conference will feature workshops, educational sessions, panel discussions, and opportunities to connect with solutions providers and fellow attendees. Full and half-day workshop proposals are encouraged. More information
USGS requesting comments on Topography Model by Aug. 20
The USGS National Geospatial Program has been discussing and promoting their vision for the 3D National Topography Model, and plans for the next generation of hydrography and elevation data. The USGS developed the “3D National Topography Model Part 1: the 3D Hydrography Program” document, and has asked the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO), chaired by IAAO member Christine Stinchcomb, to review the materials. Comments must be submitted by Aug. 20 and a draft is available with instructions for submitting comments using a spreadsheet to document comments. Please submit spreadsheet(s) to m3DNTM@usgs.gov.
Registration deadline for online effective leader workshop is Sept. 10
The deadline to register for the Emotionally Effective Leader Workshop, scheduled to take place online over four days in September, is Friday, Sept. 10. The virtual Women's Initiative 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 program topic will be "Building Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from a Foundation of Emotional Intelligence" and will be presented virtually by Christine Watkins Davies, MA, PCC; and Zach Montroy, SPHR, on Sept. 22, 23, 29 and 30 from noon to 4 p.m. Central. Registration is $225 for IAAO members and $365 for nonmembers. The Sept. 10 deadline allows participants to complete the EQi 2.0 Online Assessment before the workshop. Participants will receive their individualized 27-page report at the session. Register here
Applicants call: Personal Property Resource Panel
The Appraisal Foundation is accepting applications for qualified personal property appraisers to serve on the Personal Property Resource Panel of the Appraisal Foundation. The volunteer resource panel reports to the Board of Trustees. The term could last up to three years and will begin upon appointment on Jan. 1, 2022. The purpose of the Resource Panels is to provide input on exposure drafts and offer insight on emerging issues or other matters of like significance to the Board of Trustees, ASB, or AQB pertaining to the Personal Property discipline. Panelists will not be compensated for their time or their travel expenses to any Foundation or panel events. The application deadline is Sept. 1. Contact Jalin Debeuneure at jalin@appraisalfoundation.org or 202-624-3055 with any questions.
IAAO Connect members are talking about the valuation of railroad spurs. Read more
The United States is experiencing a surge in worker productivity that could rival that of the tech boom 20 years ago — if it lasts. As companies and customers embrace new technologies, making it easier for Americans to produce more with fewer workers, a growing number of economists say this is not a blip and could turn into a boom — or, at least, a “mini boom” ― with wide-ranging benefits for years to come. Higher productivity is the economy’s special sauce. Read more
A 1947 house on 18 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina: $316 per square foot; a shingled house in Madison, Connecticut: $636 per square foot; and a 1912 Tudor-Craftsman in San Francisco, at $1,083 per square foot. Read more
North Carolina county may form tax reappraisal committee after differences in rich, poor neighborhoods
Large disparities in Buncombe County tax value changes for rich and poor neighborhoods are driving the formation of a new committee to look problems with how the government assesses houses. The Ad Hoc Reappraisal Committee would have seven members, including a racial equity representative and five community members, according to recent briefing to the Board of Commissioners by county Tax Assessor Keith Miller. The body would hold its first meeting in September and make recommendations in the spring. Read more
Leonard and Cynthia LoVullo have always believed their home on Grand Island is unique. Now a state judge has agreed, as she struggled to navigate between the couple and the town over the multimillion-dollar valuation of their 14,553-square-foot house along the banks of the Niagara River. While the exact cost of its construction isn't a part of the public record, the home's valuation of $3.056 million is more than any house ever sold in the upstate New York region. Read more
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