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IAAO encourages university students and faculty to apply for the 2016
Academic Partnership Program. The program provides financial support for
research in areas related to property appraisal, assessment
administration and property tax policy. It also brings together
practitioners and scholars to further the research mission of IAAO and
inspires the exchange and development of innovative ideas within the
The January issue of Fair & Equitable
is now on the website. If you are an IAAO member who recently renewed
at the new electronic level, be sure to check out this online edition of
the magazine. All members can read F&E anytime by logging in.
Call for Presentations is open for IAAO’s 2016 Annual Conference in
Tampa, Florida. The submission deadline is Feb. 11, 2016. IAAO is
looking for educational sessions on a wide range of topics from
commercial property to residential and management/personal development
to technology trends and tools. All of the categories and submission
guidelines can be found on the IAAO website.
more than a century, New Jersey’s non-profit hospitals have been exempt
from paying property taxes, despite relying on their communities to
maintain local roads and provide police and fire protection. Now the
state’s largest hospital association says its members are willing to
make payments to towns they reside in — but many municipalities want
Mac released its monthly Insight & Outlook report for December. The
Outlook, reviews the likely impact on the housing market in 2016 of the
Federal Reserve’s long-awaited decision to raise short-term interest
Freddie Mac expects the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage to average below 4.5
percent for 2016 on an annualized basis. Gradually higher mortgage
interest rates will present an affordability challenge, but one should
expect a strengthening labor market and pent-up demand to carry 2015’s
home sales momentum into 2016.
Panama City News Herald
The Bay County property appraiser has sued the local Value
Adjustment Board (VAB), claiming members illegally allowed an additional
15 percent of tax cuts on 19 properties in the county, according to
The tax breaks have been in place since 2012. This year, that
amounted to about $6.8 million in property free from the tax rolls that
could have contributed about $80,000 in tax revenue to the school
district, as well as revenue to each of the properties’ respective
county or municipal governments, according to Property Appraiser Dan
public libraries in New Orleans will open on Sunday.
Five branches — the Algiers Regional Library, the East New Orleans
Regional Library, the Main Library, the Norman Mayer Library and the
Robert E. Smith Library — welcomed patrons on Sunday for the first time
since the library system began operating 120 years ago.
San Francisco Business Times
proposed California initiative would hike property taxes on expensive
homes and commercial real estate to raise billions for public assistance
Under the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act, landowners
would see property taxes bumped up on a sliding scale: 0.3 percent for
properties worth between $3 million and $5 million, and 0.6 percent for
homes worth between $5 million and $10 million. Rentals would be exempt.
Carroll County Times
in Carroll increased in value an average of 5.4 percent, according to
data from the Maryland State Department of Taxation, and for some, that
comes with the adjoining realization that the property taxes for
homeowners who saw an increase are likely to go up as well.
The state performs assessments on a three-year cycle, reviewing
one-third of the properties each year. In Carroll County, the properties
assessed for 2016 included those in the south and southwest portions of
the county, including Eldersburg, Sykesville, Mount Airy, New Windsor,
Woodbine, Marriottsville and part of the Westminster ZIP codes.
Al Jazeera America
Alexander tried to make her new apartment building a little nicer when
she moved in a year and a half ago.
Alexander, a 56-year-old grandmother, scrubbed the hallways and planted a
garden outside the four-unit building in the Belmont Craigin
neighborhood on Chicago’s Northwest Side. She lives in a two-bedroom
apartment with her 21-year-old granddaughter and a shih tzu. A lifelong
resident of Chicago, she can name the address of the house in which she
By Catherine Iste
The season of excesses is behind us — 2016 is here. With the same
spirit you are shunning huge dinners and excessive shopping, I offer you
this thought: Why not do without goals as well? Sure, maybe you could
see taking the goal-setting down a notch in your personal life, but how
can you do that at work without the ship steering into a rocky cliff?
After all, you are leading, which means people are following you. Don't
you need goals to know where you are going? Not necessarily.
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