MAA President's Message
First and foremost, registration for MAA's 46th Annual Conference, being held August 12-15, 2018 at the Park Place Hotel, in beautiful downtown Traverse City, is still open! But early registration fees end July 21st. After that, registration goes up $50.00. Also, the deadline to get in on MAA's room block at the Park Place Hotel ends July 12th. For reservations, call (231) 946-5000 (do NOT use the toll-free number) and tell them you are with the Michigan Assessors Association.
AWARDS - if you know someone who is deserving of an MAA award, NOMINATE them!!! The list of awards and their descriptions is on the website. The process is easy - just go to the website and click on AWARDS. Then, fill out the form and BOOM! You're done! There are several categories to choose from:
- Most Valuable Member (Edward W Kane Award)
- Literary (Frank Moss Award)
- Education (David Bone Award)
- Subscribing Member (Robert Eckhart Award)
- Michigan Property Tax Achievement Award
- Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction Award
Have you heard about HB 6049
and SB 1025
; the proposed Assessing Reform bills? I certainly hope so! Last month, I sent out an eAlert informing our members of this pending legislation and asking for input. You also received the letter I sent, along with the membership responses, to Treasurer Khouri. Both bills have been introduced, and MAA leadership will be working over the summer with the treasurer, legislators and other stakeholders on making this legislation something we can live with. Through this process, it is our hope that our organization will be recognized as collaborative and willing to work toward making things better for everyone, and that this will open the door for MAA to be more involved when new laws are brought forward that directly involve us.
I would like to thank all of you for your input during this process - and ask that you please continue to email or discuss any issues that come up with your MAA District Representative(s). We are not done with this one yet! So, your thoughts, concerns and ideas are still needed and wanted!
Finally, I hope things are going well for you this summer and you are able to accomplish all of your fieldwork before the snow flies! I hope to see you in August in Traverse City!
Amy L. DeHaan, President