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

Season of Changes 

Just as seasons change, so do people and the jobs they hold. If you're looking to take on a new role, look no further than the MAA website! Open positions can be found there - maybe one of them is your next job?

And, speaking of changing roles, you may know that for the past 1+ years, Heather Frick has been serving in a dual role as the Executive Director for the STC and as the Property Services Division Administrator. She is transitioning out of the Executive Director role into only the Property Services Division Administrator position. Heather will continue to be involved with our profession and will provide oversight on policy matters and future property tax initiatives. This leaves her position as Executive Director open while her replacement is found. I would like to wish her the best in this [new] role, and know that she will do a great job!

In other matters, the audit of MAA's accounting records is wrapping up. Based on what I've seen so far, the Board made an excellent choice by contracting with Stevens, Kirinovic & Tucker, PC to serve in this role. As with any set of "fresh eyes," they have brought to light things that have not been pointed out in the past. This includes things like written document retention and whistleblowers policies, just to name a couple. It does appear that our books are in order, and MAA has done a good job of tracking our activities - which is definitely welcome news!

MAA's Spring School will be underway shortly, and our Education Committee is finalizing the schedules for the Summer and Fall Schools. You may have noticed that there were a couple new classes offered for Spring - something MAA has been striving to do for quite a while. The Education Committee has made it a goal to offer at least two (2) new classes at each of the MAA schools. This is a welcome change, and will offer fresh courses for our members looking to get their continuing education hours. Remember, if you have an idea for a class - make a suggestion by contacting Debbie Ring.

Also, MAA is offering another new class for those wishing to become instructors. The class will be held June 22 & 23, 2018, at Delta Township Hall, and there is no charge to participate. However, you must apply by May 11th and class size is limited to 20 students. So, if you even think you might be a good instructor, come see what it's all about!

As I've mentioned the past few months, the Conference Committee is diligently working toward an awesome conference (August 12-15, 2018) and things are coming together! It will be a great opportunity to try out some new classes, learn some new tips and tricks and meet a host of new people as well as connect with old friends! And don't forget - If you book your room AND register for the conference by June 30th, you will be entered in a drawing for a FREE stay at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City. The 2018 Annual Conference room block is open. For reservations, call (231)946-5000 (do NOT use the toll-free number) and tell them you are with the Michigan Assessors Association. Online registration will be available on the website soon. I hope to see you there!

Amy L. DeHaan, President

News from Around the Country

Attention MAAO certification candidates in the self-study program!

Summer & Fall Educational Offerings

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MAA is pleased to announce that the following classes will be offered this summer and fall:

Novi August 27 to 31, 2018
  • Property Tax Administration
  • Basic Income Approach
  • Introduction to Appraisal Statistics
Boyne Mountain October 1 to 5, 2018
  • Land Value Determination and ECF's
  • Commercial & Industrial Real Property Valuation

For more information, please contact Beth Botke at 517-204-3752 or Registration information will be available soon.

Assessing Reform Proposal UPDATE

A Message from the President

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Thank you so much for sending in your thoughts and concerns on this issue. Attached is the response that MAA sent to Treasurer Khouri, along with the responses I received from our members – some were not included simply because they were not received in time to include by last Friday - though they are included. MAA leadership was charged with formulating these responses into concrete suggestions for changes. My goal of sharing this with you is so you know that the MAA Board has expressed the concerns of our members, and will be working on behalf of our members to make this bill something we can all live with..

I spoke directly with Treasurer Khouri yesterday and now know that the intent from the start was to get the bill introduced-without a vote and provide adequate time to work on hammering out the details throughout the summer. He acknowledged that they may have gone about this wrong by giving such a short window to respond before getting the bill introduced. However, he is interested in hearing what we have to say and wants our input. A letter from him expressing  just that is also attached.



2018 IAAO President Dorothy JacksI.A.A.O. President
Dorothy Jacksr, ASA

West Palm Beach, Florida

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