There’s no doubt that the hospitality industry has had to deal with major fallout from closures associated with COVID-19. Following December 2020, most businesses remained shut up until the return of outdoor dining on June 7, which marked six months of losses for pubs, cafes, and restaurants across Ireland. This week, four more pubs went up for sale, as a stark reminder of how badly hit some family businesses were. The Wheeler Auctioneers posted The Granary Inn of Church Street, Cahir, County Tipperary, for €225,000. The pub which according to the listing has a “long-established bar trade” is being advertised as an "Investment opportunity with fully licensed premises with no overhead apartments. Read more
It’s been legal for half a year now bringing in tens of millions of dollars in taxes, but the Arizona isn’t the only one benefiting from recreational marijuana sales. A study suggests the more green people consume, the more green goes in a homeowner’s pocket. The study shows that from 2017 to 2019, home values increased $6,338 more in states where marijuana is legal compared to states that haven’t legalized marijuana. Read more
The city and the School District of Philadelphia may have to repay $48 million in taxes plus interest after Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration this week lost its appeal of a 2019 case in which the city was found to have illegally targeted commercial real estate owners in its 2018 property assessment. Read more

COGO supports bill on recovering GPS damage costs

The Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO), which includes IAAO and URISA, recently contacted Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Jim Cooper, and Rep. Mike Turner to support the RETAIN GPS and Satellite Communications Act (S.2166). COGO, chaired by IAAO member Christine Stinchcomb, is a coalition of 13 national professional societies, trade and membership organizations in the geospatial field. The legislation addresses concerns the coalition has about the Ligado Networks’ proposed 5G wireless network and the interference it could cause to GPS and GNSS data acquisition, processing, and use. The letter states that testing has repeatedly confirmed that implementation of Legado's network would undermine many GPS data uses. The bill includes an understanding that the Ligado Networks’ proposal will likely result in significant costs that must be reimbursed to individuals and private sector businesses. Read the letters.

Conference registration closes Aug. 13

Online registration for the in-person Annual Conference closes on Friday, Aug. 13. All future in-person registrations must take place on-site at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Registration for the virtual conference will close Wednesday, Aug. 25. Read more
Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Chicago filling up fast
The Annual Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, and the hotel will continue to accept reservations at the IAAO contracted rate as long as rooms are available. A one-night deposit of room and tax is required to hold the room but may be cancelled without penalty up to 48 hours before scheduled arrival. In connection with recent events, the hotel has enacted enhanced hygiene and cleanliness measures. Full hotel details
Register for 2021 Women’s Initiative Workshop focusing on Emotional Intelligence
Registration now open for the Women’s Initiative Workshop, an online presentation to take place over four days in September. The program topic will be Building Diversity, Equity and 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 Emotionally Effective Leader Workshop provides attendees with a deeper understanding of emotional intelligence as well as a key set of tools to be a well-rounded leader 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. Read more
Legal Seminar set for Fort Lauderdale; registration now open
The IAAO 42nd Legal Seminar will take place Dec. 2-3 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and registration is now open. The seminar will cover legal topics of interest to members of the assessment and property tax industry. The seminar is at The Dalmar Hotel and attendees may reserve by Nov. 1 for $195 per room, based on availability. Registration fees are $500 for members and $700 for nonmembers until Nov. 1 and then increase to $550 and $750. Read more
New winner picked in demographic campaign; update your profile for a chance at $50
Erika Cowling of the City of Suffolk, Virginia, is the recipient of a $50 gift card for participating in the IAAO demographic data collection campaign. IAAO launched the 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 here
Virtual Instructor Evaluation Workshop is Nov. 4-6
Registration is now open for the virtual Instructor Evaluation Workshop for members interested in becoming a virtual instructor. The IEW is an intensive three-day event that allows participants to showcase training skills and abilities related to the delivery of IAAO materials in a virtual classroom setting. This IEW is a virtual experience and will be offered Nov. 4-6 via the Zoom platform. Those who pass the virtual event will be junior instructors and certified to teach in the virtual classroom. Registration for the workshop closes on Sept. 6. Register here
Words with Assessors game ends next week
The last word in The Friends of the IAAO Paul V. Corusy Library Trust Words with Assessors game will be posted Aug. 10 and completed game cards can be brought to the conference or emailed to Toni Eichholz at eichholz@iaao.org no later than Aug. 17. During the contest, which runs from May to Aug. 10, a new word will be hidden on library webpages each week and by completed the playing card participants have the chance to win gift cards. The first word (LIBRARY) was in a May/June F+E article, and additional words (and hints) 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.
IAAO Connect members are talking about whether or not to load capitalization rates for a tenant during times of vacancies. Read more
Sean and Linda Walsh live in a ranch-style house along a bike trail and on the edge of a lake in the small town of Lancaster, New York. Their assessment is $540,000, a figure that matches the house’s fair market value. Just four miles away, a similar house has the same $540,000 market value but an assessed value of $328,000. So, while the Walshes pay $14,112 in property taxes annually, the owners of the other house pay $8,422. What's the difference? Read more
The widely circulated theory that the COVID-19 pandemic would drive a mass exodus from gateway cities and into smaller towns and suburbs as people fled dense urban areas and wholeheartedly embraced remote work is proving to be largely unfounded. While it’s true that some who could afford it left behind their urban apartments last year and bought houses in the suburbs and others moved back with their families outside major metros, the prevalence of those trends seems to have been overstated. Read more
Ohio Supreme Court turns down greenhouse property tax case
The case stems from a property tax dispute involving Green Circle Growers, which has argued the greenhouses are personal property not subject to real estate taxes on its 186-acre site in Camden Township, Ohio. Firelands Local Schools and Lorain County Auditor Craig Snodgrass argued the greenhouses are legal “buildings” and “structures” that should be included in the company’s property valuation for property taxes. In March, the Ninth District Court of Appeals sided with Green Circle Growers, declaring greenhouses to be personal property, not real estate. That ruling stands because the Ohio Supreme Court will not consider the case. Read more
State’s attorney sues to block $1 million property tax refund on Trump Hotel & Tower in Chicago
The Cook County state’s attorney is trying to block a payment of $1 million that the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board recently voted to refund on the Trump International Hotel and Tower's commercial units for the 2011 tax year. Around $540,000 of that will be redirected from Chicago's public schools. The appeal initially claimed the thousands of square feet of vacant storefront at the tower along the Chicago River had no value, and thus no taxes were owed. Read more
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