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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Awards

The Michigan Assessors Association's Awards Program recognizes individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the Association and the Property Tax Administration Profession


Awards/Scholarships Committee


Sharon Frischman , Chair
Phone: 734-834-6139
Email the Committee Chair


Nominations

Do you know someone that stands out in the field of assessment administration? Now is your opportunity to nominate your colleagues in recognition of their contributions and accomplishments.

The Michigan Assessors Association recognizes persons, groups or agencies each year for outstanding contributions they have made to the assessment profession.

Submit a Nomination On-Line Print Nomination Form

 

Award Categories
Most Valuable Member (Ernest "Ernie' Beren Award)
MOST VALUABLE MEMBER AWARD (Ernest "Ernie" Beren Award)

This award to be presented to the MAA member who has, over a period of years made a significant contribution to the association through participation, activities, and has made an outstanding contribution to the realization of the goals of MAA.

Eligibility and Criteria:
  • Candidates must be a regular member of MAA.
  • Current officers and Executive Board NOT eligible.
  • Candidate criteria may include, but not be limited to: The candidate has served in an elected position of MAA, as a committee chair, as a contributor in MAA education, or as a speaker at MAA conferences, seminars etc.
  • The candidate has a record of distinguished publications in professional literature.
  • The candidate has been active in other assessor/appraiser organizations.
  • The candidate has served on other public related service related organizations; on national, regional, state or local government study commissions, committees etc.
Literary (Frank Moss Award)
LITERARY AWARD (Frank Moss Award)

This is to be presented to the author of articles adjudged to contribute the most toward the improvement of assessment administration.

Education (David Bone Award)
EDUCATION AWARD (David Bone Award)

This award is presented to the person who has contributed the most in the field of education as related to assessment administration.

Subscribing Member (David M. Heinowski Award)
SUBSCRIBING MEMBER AWARD (David M. Heinowski Award)

This award is presented to the MAA subscribing member whose contribution during the past year(s) has been so worthwhile as to demand recognition. This individual's contributions may have been in the area of writing or speaking on equalization, assessment administration or general taxation. The individuals may have also distinguished themselves by contributing to the goals of the organization through the contribution of time, effort, talent, and resources to furthering the goals and objectives of MAA. The recipient shall be the outstanding MAA subscribing member who exemplifies selfless service to the field of assessment administration.

Michigan Property Tax Achievement Award
MICHIGAN PROPERTY TAX ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

This award is given to a person or group (who is not an assessment administrator) or a public agency(which is not an assessment or revenue organization),that has made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of property tax administration and the realization of the goals of the MAA.

Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction Award
DISTINGUISHED ASSESSMENT JURISDICTION AWARD

This award is conferred on a state, county, or local assessment agency that has instituted a technical, procedural, or administrative program which is, for the affected jurisdiction, an improvement over prior programs, and which is generally recognized as a component of model assessment system and a contributing factor to equity in property taxation.

Eligibility Criteria:
Open only to government assessment/revenue agencies, which have instituted a program as described in the two years prior to nomination, the results of which have proved to be successful.

  • Public information programs are eligible for this award.
  • Programs that are eligible include, but are not limited to:
  • The agency has implemented a program of measuring/evaluating assessment performance by conducting assessment=sales-ratio studies, performance audits, etc.
  • The agency has implemented computerized/cost effective assessment procedures.
  • The agency has began a tax mapping program.
  • The agency has required tax assessor certification, continuing education, etc. and
  • The agency has created an assessment standards division to conduct performance audits, issued guidelines/manuals, provides current awareness services to professional staff, etc.
Distinguished Service Award (President's Award)
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD (President's Award)

This award is presented by the MAA President to an individual or individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the association in the past year.

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2021 Award Recipients


2021 Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction Award

Ottawa County

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This award is conferred on a state, county, or local assessment agency that has instituted a technical, procedural, or administrative program which is, for the affected jurisdiction, an improvement over prior programs, and which is generally recognized as a component of model assessment system and a contributing factor to equity in property taxation. This award is presented to Ottawa County for their successful completion of a project to reassign description codes in the APEX sketching program. This  roject assures that pricing is uniform, codes are uniform, and errors in pricing are less likely. The project which was led by Deputy Director, Brain Busscher, included all of the County’s local units in the re-mapping of codes and even went as far as putting together a presentation for any other unit to benefit from.

2021 Ernest (Ernie) Beren Most Valuable Member Award

Shila Kiander

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Shila Kiander has over 30 years in Assessment Administration. She has worked as a local Assessor but has spent the last 15 years as an Equalization Director. She has created and taught over 200 classes for the Michigan Assessors Association, the State Tax Commission and Michigan Townships Association. She was instrumental in implementing the new MAA Certified Equalization Specialist (CES) and Certified Instructor Professional (CIP) designations. Shila almost never says no and we wonder if she requires sleep at all. As a mentor to others, Shila actually makes assessing seem a little bit fun! This year, we recognize and honor Shila Kiander as the Most Valuable Member of the Michigan Assessors Association.

2021 David Bone Education Award

Debby Ring

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The Education Award is presented to the person who has contributed the most in the field of education as related to assessment administration. This year we recognize the contributions of Debby Ring. Debby has logged numerous hours in this endeavor. She has taught many classes over her career and continues to serve the Assessing community after retirement. She has served as the MAA’s Education Curriculum Coordinator but does not hesitate to step up to do anything the association has asked her to do, whether part of her job or not. 

2021 Michigan Property Tax Achievement Award

Christine Kuhn for City of Woodhaven & Luanne Kooiman for Kinross and Rudyard Townships

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We all take on a new assessing unit with the goal of improving data and procedures. But these two individuals went the extra mile to confer with others to make sure they were doing the best that could be done. They asked for assistance from the State Tax Commission on a frequent basis. Asking for help isn’t always easy, you have to admit that you don’t know everything. These two not only did not have an issue with seeking counsel but their communities are in better shape for it. 

2021 President's Distinguished Service Award

Elizabeth Tobias, Ruth Scott & Peggy Nolde

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Each year certain individuals stand out in the view of the President. This could be for going above and beyond the call of duty, being an exemplary leader or just being someone that the president could always count on for support. This year Liz Tobias is recognized for her hard work leading the Membership Committee, Ruth Scott for always being helpful and Peggy Nolde for leading by example.

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