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MICHIGAN ASSESSORS ASSOCIATION

Organized to improve the standards of assessment practice; to provide a clearing house for the collection and distribution of useful information relative to assessment practice; and to promote justice and equality in the distribution of the tax burden.

 

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MAA President's Message


January/February Message

Happy New Year! As we come off an unexpected year that had everyone learning a different way to do our jobs, as well as our lives, and start this year without much change, there is some optimism as the vaccines start being administered. As an association, we had to react to these changes in the way we presented education to our members.  I would like to say a huge thank you to Beth Botke, Sandy Birkenshaw and Debra Ring.  These women led our education with such dedication and passion and they were able to change the direction of our education by holding virtual classes, without hesitation. Also a thank you to John Dahlquist for handling a difficult year as president of our great association with a calm and dignity.

As we start this New Year, MAA wants to switch the direction we have been going over the years. The Board of Directors would like to do more for the membership, besides just being known for education.  The association will be moving away from the monthly magazine and moving towards a more web based format.  Members will be able to start finding the board minutes, STC bulletins, as well as other resources and important information on our website or through emails to our membership.  Due to restrictions continuing to be in place regarding in person learning, MAA education would like to team up with smaller associations across the state to help with education. This will help give education that is beneficial to these organizations instead of just what is available. 

We will also be sending out instructions for the message board that can be found on our website.  This is an area where members can post questions or concerns to the board and membership, hoping to receive clarity. A board member will respond. 

Lastly, for those who do not know me, I am currently the assessor for the City of Flint.  I have been in the assessing field since I could hold a tape measure.  I swore I never would do this for a profession, even as my mom kept telling me I would be great.  I tried everything not too.  I did received a Master in Public Administration from the University of Michigan since I have always had an interest in government.  Moreover, after I started working in an office, independent of my mom, I found a great love for this profession and the members in it.  The lesson, sometimes you should listen to your parents because they know what is best. 

All my best,
Stacey Kaake, President

News from Around the Country


Preventing a ‘snowball effect’

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Preventing a ‘snowball effect’

How Boone County prevailed against the ‘dark store theory’

On New Year’s Eve, Boone County officials were notified the county had won a legal battle that began in 2018 against Meijer Stores Limited Partnerships, which officials hope will establish precedent to end the practice of what is colloquially known as the “dark store theory” in Indiana. The legal battle determined the store’s property value, which in turn determines the store’s property taxes. County officials say the company attempted to use a method of...

Public Act 253 of 2020; Poverty Exemptions

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Public Act 253 of 2020; Poverty Exemptions

Important Changes to MCL 211.7u Poverty Exemption

STATE TAX COMMISSION - Public Act 253 of 2020 was signed into law on December 23, 2020. The Act made several changes to the poverty exemption statute (MCL 211.7u) that will impact how local units, assessors, and boards of review handle the exemption starting with the 2021 tax year. 

Whitmer vetoes proposed tax breaks for grocery giant Meijer

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Whitmer vetoes proposed tax breaks for grocery giant Meijer

Detroit Free Press

LANSING —Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used her "pocket veto" on legislation intended to give significant tax cuts to Michigan-based grocery giant Meijer. The bills, which lawmakers said were aimed specifically at Meijer, would have removed sales tax from the purchase of automated material handling systems — used at central handling centers to prepare pallets of consumer goods for distribution to grocery stores — and remove personal property tax from such systems, once...

Whitmer may veto lame duck bills giving major tax breaks to Meijer

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Whitmer may veto lame duck bills giving major tax breaks to Meijer

Detroit Free Pess

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she is “skeptical” of legislation passed with bipartisan support during the Legislature’s lame duck session aimed at giving significant tax breaks to Grand Rapids-based grocer Meijer for the purchase and retention of automation equipment. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/12/23/whitmer-veto-meijer-tax-cuts-lame-duck-bills/4005437001/

Valuation and Assessment of Large-Scale Photovoltaic (Solar) Electric Generation Systems

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Valuation and Assessment of Large-Scale Photovoltaic (Solar) Electric Generation Systems

STC Memorandum

STATE TAX COMMISSION - The State Tax Commission at their meeting on December 15, 2020 adopted the memorandum regarding Valuation and Assessment of Large-Scale Photovoltaic (Solar) Electric Generation Systems.  The memorandum is attached and is available on the State Tax Commission's website at www.michigan.gov/statetaxcommission. • Memo Regarding Solar Electric Generation Systems.pdf

Pipeline System Economic Factor for 2021

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Pipeline System Economic Factor for 2021

STC

STATE TAX COMMISSION - The State Tax Commission at their meeting on December 15, 2020 approved to continue the 2020 economic factor of 40% for ANR Pipeline, Mid-Michigan Gas Storage, Great Lakes Gas Transmission and Northern Natural Gas Company for the 2021 tax year.  The memorandum is attached and is available on the State Tax Commission's website at www.michigan.gov/statetaxcommission. • 2021 Pipeline Economic Factor Memo.pdf

STC Notice of Adopted Guidelines 2020-1 and 2020-2

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STC Notice of Adopted Guidelines 2020-1 and 2020-2

PA 660 of 2018

STATE TAX COMMISSION - PA 660 of 2018 requires the State Tax Commission to adopt and publish guidelines, including those related to minimum standards and model policies to be followed for substantial compliance, noncompliance and technical deficiencies related to the audit of local units. 

Scams likely to heat up after COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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Scams likely to heat up after COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Detroit Free Press

Sometimes, scam alerts get out there to warn consumers about an ongoing trouble spot — such as a flurry of robocalls from someone pretending to be from DTE Energy and ready to shut off your heat or someone pretending to be from Amazon or Apple support as you're shopping online. Click HERE for complete article

2021 Assessor Certification

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2021 Assessor Certification

December 31, 2020 Deadline

STATE TAX COMMISSION - The State Tax Commission's Bulletin 7 of 2019 directed that the recertification fee for MCAO, MAAO and MMAO assessing would be $175 for 2021 and the recertification fee for MCAT's would be $50 for 2021.  The deadline for submitting full payment to the Commission for recertification is December 31, 2020.  The payment window is now open to pay your certification renewal fee for 2021.  Please log into the CERTS application at https://sso.migov.net to pay...

STC Bulletin 19 of 2020

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STC Bulletin 19 of 2020

2021 Boards of Review

STATE TAX COMMISSION - This Bulletin contains information that Boards of Review need to be aware of for the 2021 assessment year. The State Tax Commission Frequently Asked Questions regarding the statutory obligations for Boards of Review can be found on the State Tax Commission website at www.michigan.gov/statetaxcommission

 


I.A.A.O. President
Greg McHenry, AAS

Manhattan, Kansas
president@iaao.org
785-537-6310 ext.5012 

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MAA Executive Board

Meeting Schedule
Download Agendas and Zoom Links

Jan. 19  Tuesday  10:00 AM Virtual Download
Feb. 16 Tuesday 10:00 AM  Virtual Download
Apr. 19 Monday 10:00 AM  Delta Twp. Download
May 17 Monday 10:00 AM  Virtual Download
Jun. 21 Monday 10:00 AM  Virtual Download
Jul. 28 Wednesday 10:30 AM  Big Rapids Download
Aug. 8 Monday  8:00 AM  Boyne Mountain Download
Sep. 20 Monday 10:00 AM  Virtual Download
Oct. 18 Monday 10:00 AM  Virtual Download
Nov. (TBD) Monday 10:00 AM  TBD Download
Dec. 13 Monday 10:00 AM  Virtual Download

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