MAA President's Message
Where did 2017 go? It seems like just yesterday I was finalizing the 2017 March Board of Review numbers and sending all the required reports to the County, and it's already 2018!!! Since I've begun to panic, I'll keep it brief this month ...
I'm guessing I am not alone in that feeling. This is THAT time of year for those of us lucky enough to be assessors in Michigan! Most of us are busy finalizing land values, firming up ECFs and placing values on all new construction that occurred this year. We are also making sure: our starting figures balance the ending figures from last year, personal property statements have been processed and entered, splits and combinations have been completed (and balance) and exemptions have been accounted for, along with a host of other things.
Don't let it cause you stress. You've got this! You know the process, you've done it before and you'll do it again. Take it one step at a time - you'll get there, I promise!
When you get hung up on something that just isn't making sense, call another assessor or your equalization department. Everyone needs a little help now and then, so don't be hesitant to ask - that's what your colleagues are for! Find someone who has a similar situation and talk it through - the two of you may come up with a new and better way to deal with it. This is where networking becomes extremely important - when we need help! Don't risk doing it wrong when the assessor two townships over is doing the same thing - ask, and find out how they're handling it. You'll find that the relationships you've built at MAA educational offerings will take you far - both in terms of friendships and your career!
Finally, don't forget about this year's MAA Conference at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City. The room block will be opening soon and you will want to make your reservations rights away - our block will open to the public in early June, so don't delay! Watch for an incentive offer for those reserving before the block closes! I hope to see you there!
Amy L. DeHaan, President