Hundreds of Colorado property owners sue county assessors >
Hundreds of property owners have sued five Colorado county assessors in recent weeks, arguing their property taxes should be reevaluated in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Since late August, lawsuits have been filed against the assessors for Arapahoe, Denver, Eagle, Larimer, and Weld counties. According to the lawsuits, the plaintiffs already appealed their property tax assessments to the Board of Equalization in the respective counties, which ruled against them. Their lawyer, James Bick, said county assessors determine property values every two years, and 2020 was not a year that new valuations were slated to be made. The lawsuit, however, argues that state law allows for new assessments to be taken in an off year if “unusual conditions” exist.” Read more
Nashville Mayor John Cooper is slamming a local referendum effort that, if placed on the ballot and approved by voters, would roll back the city’s property tax increase and limit Metro's ability to raise taxes in the future. The proposed charter amendments, Cooper said, would create a $322 million deficit that could “cripple” the city and "gut" essential services. “After two natural disasters this year, we don’t need a self-inflicted one. This would severely weaken Nashville at a time when we need to build Nashville stronger,” he said. Read more
Potentially millions of people in the U.S. will be displaced as the climate crisis makes certain regions increasingly uninhabitable, prompting new migrations that will reshape the country, a new report shows. The report’s author argues that the U.S., where 162 million people — nearly one in two — will "most likely experience a decline in the quality of their environment" in the coming years, is "a nation on the cusp of a great transformation." Read more
+ Conference sessions available to attendees and for purchase by others >
The 2020 Annual Conference is over. However, attendees can still view the sessions and now anyone who missed the conference can now buy access for only $250 for IAAO members and $450 for nonmembers. The on-demand sessions are available until the end of 2020 and current registrants can still access the site at www.iaao.org/2020conference. More than 1,200 attendees and exhibitors took part in the annual conference. Read more
+ Courses 101, 112, 201, 851, and 852 to be offered online >
IAAO will be offering courses and workshops 101, 112, 201, 851, and 852 during the fall. Course 101 - Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal, starts Tuesday, Sept. 22; Workshop 852 – AAS Case Study Review, starts Monday, Sept. 28; Course 201 – Appraisal of Land, starts Tuesday, Oct. 6; Course 112 – Income Approach to Valuation II, starts Tuesday, Oct. 20; and Workshop 851 – RES Case Study Review starts Monday, Oct. 26. Read more
+ Paul Welcome named IAAO Interim Executive Director >
With the retirement of Ron Worth as IAAO Executive Director, the IAAO Board has named Paul Welcome, CAE, FIAAO, as interim Executive Director effective Oct. 1.  Paul is a former IAAO president and Johnson County, Kansas, Appraiser. He will serve until a new Executive Director is selected, which IAAO intends to name by the end of the year. IAAO is working with a search firm and will be publicizing the job opening and interviewing candidates.
+ Legal Seminar set for Dec. 3-4 in Austin; registration is 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
+ Post-Conference survey deadline is Friday >
Friday is the deadline to complete the virtual 86th Annual International Conference on Assessment Administration survey. Please take a few moments and complete the Post Conference Survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020IAAOvirtual. Your input is important to us in structuring future IAAO Conferences. Mark your calendar now for 2021 when the Conference will take place Aug. 29 - Sept. 1 in Chicago.
+ IAAO President-Elect McHenry on Board of Equalization Appeals webinar >
IAAO President-Elect Greg McHenry, Appraiser, Riley County, Kansas, will be a panelist on an upcoming webinar, Assessment Appeals – How to Receive Less and Win More, brought to you by Vision Government Solutions. The webinar roundtable is set for 12:30 p.m. Central, Oct. 14, and will feature Mr. McHenry; Derek Green, City Assessor, Williamsburg, Virginia; Greg Daniels, Real Estate Assessor, Chesapeake, Virginia; and Michael Flynn, Commercial Assessor, Quincy, Massachusetts. Register here
+ Apartment rent collections continue to drop >
Multifamily fundamentals continue to show signs of distress in the wake of the widespread job and economic losses created by the Coronavirus. The latest report from the National Multifamily Housing Council’s Rent Payment Tracker, which measures the number of apartment households that make a full or partial rent payment, shows a drop of 2.4% — or 279,457 households — year-over-year, as well as a monthly decline. According to the NMHC Tracker, 86.2% of apartment households made a full or partial rent payment by Sept. 13, compared to 86.9% that paid by Aug. 13 of this year. Read more
Homeowners are fighting back with a class-action lawsuit after they 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
In line with the topsy-turvy world that’s been created by the Coronavirus pandemic, a majority of young adults likely eager to strike out on their own are instead moving in with family members. That trend poses a threat to new household formation as well as to rent rolls, according to several research reports. As of July, 52% of 18-to-29-year-olds were living with their parents, up from 47% in February, according to new research by the Pew Research Center. That level of young adults, moving home is the highest level that data point has ever reached. Before this year, the peak was 48% at the end of the Great Depression. Read more
+ California NAACP opposes measure to raise commercial property taxes to benefit schools >
A measure on the November ballot aims to raise as much as $11.5 billion for schools and local governments in California by changing property tax rules for businesses. Backers of Prop. 15 say it’ll help underfunded schools in disadvantaged communities. But some minority advocacy groups are opposing the measure, saying it could hurt small Black-owned businesses. Campaign finance disclosures show that business groups, taxpayers associations and owners of large office buildings are leading the charge against Prop 15. But groups such as the California NAACP and the California Black Chamber of Commerce have also come out against it, breaking with elected officials and education funding advocates who say Prop. 15 would benefit Black communities. Read more
+ Fairfax, Virginia >
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+ Lake County, Ohio >
Deputy Auditor Appraisal Manager See more
+ Fargo, North Dakota >
Appraiser - Land Management Specialist See more
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