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.

MAA President's Message

August Message

August brings us the 47th Annual Conference of the Michigan Assessors Association to Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Michigan, August 11-14.  I am hoping to see you there!  We have put together a great lineup of education, professional development and opportunities for networking.  This conference is also your opportunity to attend the annual business meeting, celebrate the Association’s 60th anniversary and get involved with your professional association.  Do not miss this opportunity!

I am also very excited to announce our fall lineup of MAA Educational Offerings.  This year, the fall school is being held at the beautiful Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs from September 30th to October 4th.   What better way to break out from the usual routine, enjoy Michigan, meet up with your fellow assessors and gain valuable knowledge and professional development?

This fall we have introduced three “tracks” of education:
  • The Assessing Technology Track
  • The Assessing Essentials Track
  • Real Estate Appraiser Credit Track
Participants have the option to take one, two or register for the entire track and attend all the featured courses.
In addition, there are ten new classes offered in the fall session!  The Education Committee has been hard at work developing new courses, you will want to check them out! Registration is open on-line at

Thank you to the Education Committee, Chairperson Sandy Birkenshaw, as well as Debby Ring, Beth Botke, Heather Bouck and Matthew Raftary for their hard work and collaboration!  A lot goes into making the curriculum relevant, finding experienced professionals to teach, providing a convenient and affordable site, and making the registration process smooth and easy.  Your hard work and dedication to this profession and this association do not go unnoticed.  You are the reasons why this association has been around for 60 years!  Thank you!

All the best,

Paula Jastifer President

News from Around the Country

Ruth Scott Named 2019 Most Valuable Member

Michigan Assessors Association

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In 2018, there was a strong initiative in the legislature to drastically change the way Assessment Administration was done in the State of Michigan.

This initiative seem to come from sources who were not familiar with the profession and involved input from very few stakeholders. Ruth Scott became the leader of many assessing and property tax professionals, along with the Legislative Committee, who worked hard to educate and inform the legislators on the issues of the time and did so with great professionalism.

MAA Subscribing Member Award Renamed the "David M. Heinowski" Award

Michigan Assessors Association

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During the 1970’s, the Michigan Assessors Association began recognizing outstanding members of the Association with the presentation of the Most Valuable Member Award. Later, in the mid 1980’s, the Association established an award program to recognize members who have made outstanding contributions to the Association and property tax profession in other areas. It was at that time that prominent or distinguished members of our Association were named to individual awards, in some instances, honorarily.



2019 IAAO President Timothy L. BoncoskeyI.A.A.O. President
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