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Monday, September 24th
1:30 PM

The Geospatial Data Act: What Assessors Should Know

Neal Carpenter CMS, The Sidwell Company
Christine Stinchcomb CMS, Paulding County, GA
Daniel J. Fasteen PhD, Dakota County, MN

L 100 H

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

This presentation will provide an overview of the Geospatial Data Act, an update on where it stands in the legislative process, and, most importantly, a discussion of its potential impact on local government custodians of parcel and other geospatial data.

2:45 PM

A Patchwork Quilt: 20 Years of National Property Tax Study Lessons

Aaron Twait MPP, Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence
Mark Haveman MBA, Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence

L 100 H

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

This presentation discusses the past 20 years of the 50-State Property Tax Comparison Study, a joint project of the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. It covers the study's origins, methodology, and enhancements, along with its contributions to ongoing property tax policy debates such as assessment limitations and homeowner tax relief.

4:15 PM

The Evolution of Co-op Ownership

Gregg M. Goldberg RES, CFE, Palm Beach County, FL

L 100 H

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

This discussion will provide information about cooperative ownership, with particular emphasis on co-op apartments, and will provide historic references and discussion about why this unique form of ownership emerged as a trend.

Tuesday, September 25th
9:30 AM

How Credible is Your Witness?

Christina M. Marinakis J.D., Psy.D., Litigation Insights

L 100 IJ

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

This session will provide guidance for witnesses based upon the knowledge of the behaviors judges like and dislike, as well as the aspects of testimony they find persuasive and not persuasive. It will present techniques to help witnesses convey their messages clearly, concisely, and thematically.

10:45 AM

When Fee Simple is Not So Simple

James L. Murrett MAI, SRA, Appraisal Institute

L 100 IJ

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

This session will provide the theoretical and analytical framework for discussing a hot topic in the field related to fee simple valuation of leased properties. The courts are defining and redefining what fee simple means in the context of assessments and the impact of these decisions are causing a ripple through the industry.

2:00 PM

Assessment Policy/Administration Trends in the US & Canada

Alan S. Dornfest AAS, Idaho State Tax Commission
Jennifer Rearich, Maricopa County, AZ
R. Todd Bergren, Esri Canada
T. Douglas Brydon, Oklahoma Tax Commission

L 100 H

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The PTAPP survey conducted by IAAO compares property tax policies and administrative practices across the US and Canada. This presentation will compare the results of the 2017 survey with prior years, emphasizing changes and trends since 1999.

4:15 PM

Electronic Disclosure of Sale Data

Jon Klockziem MPA, Minnesota Department of Revenue
Lisa Dejoras Esq, MPA, Minnesota Department of Revenue
Anabell Aragon, Minnesota Department of Revenue

L 100 H

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

This session gives insight into how sale disclosure statutes work in Minnesota, including some of the benefits of the program, and how it has been implemented electronically. The program includes information for jurisdictions that may wish to implement such a system locally.

Wednesday, September 26th
10:00 AM

DOUBLE FEATURE! “After Fee Simple…” & “Pretty Vacant”

William D. Shepherd Esq, CFE, Hillsborough County, FL

L 100 IJ

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This Double Feature addresses important issues arising from appraisals of a “fee simple interest”. First, what does and doesn’t “fee simple” mean in terms of encumbrances. Second, does a market value appraisal of the fee simple interest mean the appraiser values the property as vacant or occupied?

1:00 PM

Successfully Prepare, Defend, and Manage Large Appeals

N. Joel Moser Esq, MPA, Bernstein Shur

L 100 IJ

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Through detailed discussion of real-life case studies, this presentation seeks to inform assessors of some of the unique challenges facing them in once-in-a-career "mega" cases.

2:45 PM

The Evolution of the Special Assessment Tax

Joseph M. Turner, Michigan Property Consultants

L 100 IJ

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

This presentation addresses the evolution of the modern special assessment from its European origins to its current use in the United States. Information will be provided on how this "benefit" tax was implemented in several European Countries hundreds of years ago. Contemporary use of the special assessment will be described through the language of federal and state court decisions.