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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

Michael Racklyeft , Chair
Phone: 248-796-5240
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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 (Robert Eckhart 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

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

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)

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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2018 Award Recipients

There's only one thing more exciting than receiving an award and that's the pleasure of watching someone you nominated receive recognition!

Who do you know that deserves recognition?

2018 Edward W. Kane Most Valuable Member Award

Frederick W. Morgan

Author: MAA Webmaster/Sunday, August 19, 2018/Categories: Awards

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In 1968 Fred W. Morgan began his career in assessment administration as an appraiser with the Wayne County Equalization Department, formerly known as the Bureau of Taxation, and then later as Supervisor of Property Tax Appeals and Chief Commercial/Industrial Appraiser before retiring from the County in early 1983.  
In August of 1983, then Governor James Blanchard appointed Fred to the appraiser judge position of the Michigan Tax Tribunal, a position he held for seven years, where he exercised his conflict resolving abilities and opined in hundreds of cases as Judge and later as Chairman of the Michigan Tax Tribunal.

In 1990, when the people of Michigan elected new Governor that was not of Fred’s persuasion,  Fred's appointment to the Tribunal was not renewed. As a consequence, he was required to find alternative employment at the midpoint of 1991. Unfortunately, Fred chose to go to the “dark side”. From 1991 through 1998, Fred was employed by an appellant attorney firm. Then in October of 1993, Fred achieved is Level 4 designation from the State Assessors Board.

In 1998, Mr. Morgan was appointed to the position of Chief Assessor for the City of Detroit.  Fred’s tenure during the new millennium of the City of Detroit was a perilous voyage.  Due to the relaxed mortgage requirements, the prices paid for residential property in Detroit grew exponentially in the 1990’s. The affect was cataclysmic “sticker shock”. In Detroit’s better neighborhoods, taxes would jump from $2 and $3 thousand to $12 and $15 thousand or more following a sale and uncapping of the taxable value. When the market finally recognized the problematic effect of uncapping taxable values, sales of the best homes in Detroit suddenly stopped.  Buyers who could afford the increasing price of a house were unwilling or unable to assume the increased tax burden.  Detroit’s best homes and mansions began to sit vacant for months and longer and become vulnerable to “urban miners”.

In 2005 Fred to devise a plan that would break the stagnation of quality home sales.  He proposed a form of tax exemption that would cut the city and county taxes in half for homes in subdivisions platted before 1968 and which were purchased in 1998 or after.  In 2005, Fred’s plan was written up as proposed legislation under the heading of Senate Bill 529 of 2005 and later was signed by the Governor as Act 338 of 2005.

In 2005 Mr. Morgan was appointed to the Michigan State Tax Commission.  For the next four years, Fred proudly served on the State Tax Commission and also served as the STC member on the State Assessors Board.  However, as occurred in 1990, all good things come to an end.  Another Governor of a different persuasion took office in 2010 and Fred moved on.

In 2010 Fred returned to the City of Detroit’s Board of Assessors.  Unfortunately, due to the combination of the mismanagement of previous administrations, the financial collapse of the housing markets and the necessary reallocation of budgeted revenues, there were very little resources available to properly administer assessments in the City of Detroit.  In 2013, the Governor assigned an emergency financial manager to assume responsibility of the City of Detroit and Fred w required to move on once again.

After a lifetime of involvement in the assessment administration profession, Fred is the only person to have achieved the trifecta of our profession, an earned Level 4 certification, a Judgeship with the Michigan Tax Tribunal and State Tax Commissioner. There are few other assessors that has ever participated in so many diverse and momentous professional capacities.

It is because of Mr. Frederick W. Morgan’s many years of professionalism, dedication and commitment to the field of assessment administration that we honor him with the 2018 Edward W. Kane Most Valuable Member Award.

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