Property appraiser wins tax lawsuit against Port Tampa Bay shipyard >
The Hillsborough County, Florida, property appraiser has won a six-year legal tussle with a Tampa shipyard after a circuit court judge ruled it must pay taxes on land leased from Port Tampa Bay. The ruling affirms the position the property appraiser’s office has argued in court for more than 20 years: Businesses that operate on public land generally are not tax-exempt. “Just as the judge did back in the 1990s, the court again ruled in the property appraiser’s favor,” said Will Shepherd, legal counsel for the Hillsborough County property appraiser’s office. “The law’s pretty clear on this issue.” Read more
Millennial purchase activity is on the rise, according to the latest Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker. Purchase share - the percentage of all loans closed during the month that were purchases – grew for the second straight month, reaching 56% in June, up nine percentage points from May. This marks the highest purchase share since March 2020. Read more
Washoe County taxpayers will foot the bill for $56 million in refunds to a group of Lake Tahoe property owners who began filing lawsuits in 2003 claiming they were the victims of improper property tax assessments. The settlement will result in a $23 million hit to the county and a $19 million hit to the Washoe County School District. Read more
+ IAAO Executive Director announces retirement >
IAAO Executive Director Ronald Worth announced that he will retire Sept. 30, and the Board of Directors has initiated a replacement search committee. Mr. Worth joined IAAO as executive director in April 2015 after 16 years as executive director of an association in Washington, D.C. During his tenure at IAAO, he oversaw the organization as it increased membership, conference attendance, and expanded its educational offerings and international outreach.

+ Free webinar: Everything you need to know about the Virtual Conference >
Virtual conference season is upon us, and to help explain and demonstrate the 2020 Annual Conference on Assessment Administration, IAAO has a free webinar scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 18. IAAO Staff will host “Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Annual Conference,” and dive into the details of the platform, record amount of CEU's, and more features of our 2020 event. Come learn the ins, outs, and must-sees of IAAO's first-ever virtual conference. Read more

+ Women's Initiative Workshop rescheduled as virtual meeting >
IAAO Women’s Initiative has moved the Dr. Brené Brown “Dare to Lead™” training to a virtual workshop, taking place on four half-days in September. It is your invitation to become a braver leader as you learn the four empirically proven skill sets of courageous leadership that are teachable, measurable, and observable. Read more

+ August webinar AssessR: A new tool for ratio studies and more >
Cook County Assessor’s Office Chief Data Officer Rob Ross will present a new R package, AssessR, and show how assessors can use it to perform ratio studies, look for sales chasing, and more during a webinar on Aug. 14. AssessR was developed as part of the Cook County Assessor’s New CAMA system, built on free, open-source software. It contains a growing suite of helpful tools to streamline and standardize ratio studies. It is available to the public for free, and its source code is public. In this webinar, Rob will demonstrate how to open and read data into R, and how to use AssessR to calculate ratio statistics. Read more

+ Legal Seminar set for Dec. 3-4 in Austin; registration now open >
The 41st Annual Legal Seminar will be presented Dec. 3-4 at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown 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 on the IAAO website. Read more

IAAO Connect Corner
+ Hot Topic: Annual reports >
IAAO Connect members are discussing develping annual reports for an assessor's office. Read more
+ The Miami-Dade Property Appraiser, 83, was set to retire. Then came a pandemic >
Earlier this year, Pedro J. Garcia, the first elected Property Appraiser of Miami-Dade County, was thinking about retiring. He had recently turned 83 years old. He had headed the 400-employee department for nearly 12 years. He decided it was time. “I didn’t want to go through an election cycle again,” Garcia said. “I don’t need this job. I am not worried about paying my bills. I have enough savings to live out the rest of my life comfortably. I could be golfing or fishing.” Then came the COVID pandemic. Read more
Homeowners are fighting back with a class-action lawsuit after the said their property values plunged because of how close they are to a Cobb County, Georgia, medical sterilization plant that releases known carcinogens into the air. Read more
Today's network of big-box retailers and online shopping likely wouldn't exist without the deregulation of the trucking industry 40 years ago this month. The Motor Carrier Act of 1980, passed by President Jimmy Carter, slashed the cost of moving goods by truck. It also eroded one of America's great blue-collar jobs: truck driving. A truck driver's salary has decreased by as much as half since deregulation. Read more
+ GOP lawmakers embrace tenant protection as mass evictions loom >
Republican lawmakers, alarmed at the prospect of a nationwide wave of evictions as the coronavirus batters the U.S. three months before the election, are starting to back the move to provide rental assistance to tenants. A growing number of Republicans want the party's leadership to include a renewal of a federal eviction moratorium, which expired July 25, and rental assistance payments in the next economic relief package. And the White House is floating the possibility of an executive order extending the ban. Read more
+ Coeur d'Alene, Idaho >
Residential Appraiser II, Kootenai County See more
+ Norwalk, Connecticut >
Assistant Assessor, City of Norwalk See more
+ Phoenix, Arizona >
Director of Assessor Litigation, Maricopa County Assessor's Office See more
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