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Friday, September 17, 2021

Fall Education Session

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Sandra Birkenshaw, Chair
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Beth Botke, Education Coordinator
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Debby Ring
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The purpose of these two funds is to assist Michigan Assessors Association (MAA) members whose employers provide no funding for education and who are financially burdened to self-fund educational opportunities.  The funding for these scholarships is made available by the Executive Board of the Michigan Assessors Association and private donations to provide greater opportunities for members to attend educational courses and seminars.  The funding is awarded to any MAA member who demonstrates a financial need, and intends to use the funds to complete an educational activity.

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2021 Fall Education Program

October 6 - 8, 2021
TreeTops Resort
3962 Wilkinson Road
Gaylord, MI 49735


The Deadline to register for all classes is September 24, 2021


LATE REGISTRATIONS OR REGISTRATIONS NOT ACCOMPANIED WITH
FULL PAYMENT OR A P.O. NUMBER WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
PURCHASE ORDERS MUST BE PAID IN FULL PRIOR TO CLASS ATTENDANCE.


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Course Content & Descriptions


About "Session Tracks"

MAA Course offerings are categorized into subject “tracks” to assist students interested in pursuing a specific course of study. Students may register for individual classes within any track, however, MAA encourages students to register for all classes in a track to take advantage of the full range of instruction provided within the specified track. Registering for session tracks also provide for a cost savings over registering for classes individually.

ADVANCED TRACK ( Save $30.00 by registering all classes in this track )

Valuation and Assessment of Wireless Communication Towers and Related Tangible Personal and Real Property (Non-Tested)

Valuation and Assessment of Wireless Communication Towers and Related Tangible Personal and Real Property Instructor: Tim Schnelle, MMAO
October 6, 2021; Wednesday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Description – To teach the Course participants proper application of the State Tax Commission recommended assessment and valuation procedures for communications towers, along with the practical uses and limitations of those procedures and to provide the participant with sufficient knowledge and understanding of the industry and its assessable property so that he or she can evaluate taxpayer contentions of over-valuation and can, if necessary, undertake the defense of the existing true cash value determination, including analysis of the potential valuation methods and their applicability and determination of the discovery needed from the taxpayer before the analysis can be properly completed.

Recommended for: All Assessors
6 Hours of Continued Education Credit and 6 Hours of Appraiser Continued Education Credit
Limit 35 Students; Minimum 12 Students

“Alphabet Soup” - The Income Approach Unraveled (Non-Tested)

“Alphabet Soup” - The Income Approach Unraveled
Instructors: David Rice, MAI, CAE, MMAO
October 7, 2021; Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Description – This eight-hour seminar provides continuing education for Michigan assessors and appraisers. The seminar begins with an overview of the income approach one of three approaches to value, its advantages and disadvantages and how assessors and appraisers can successfully apply it.

The definition of the income approach is explored and dissected together with the economic principles that underlie it. Standards rule 1-3 in USPAP and its importance in properly developing the income approach is highlighted.

Participants will learn how to develop potential gross rental income, vacancy, operating expense analysis and net operating income estimates. Sources and data gathering techniques are identified.

The process of developing net operating income into value via basic capitalization processes are highlighted with emphasis on rate development from direct capitalization methods. The seminar is organized around case studies with problems solved by participants. Real market examples are used throughout the seminar. Current issues around the income approach are discussed. Participants should have a working knowledge of a financial calculator.

Participants are cautioned that the seminar materials are for educational purposes only. It may not be applicable to specific appraisal problems encountered in your daily practice.

Recommended for: All Assessors
8 Hours of Continued Education Credit and 8 Hours of Appraiser Continued Education Credit
Limit 45 Students; Minimum 12 Students

Property Tax Cases and Comments 2021 (Non-Tested)

Property Tax Cases and Comments 2021
Instructors: Tim Schnelle, MMAO
October 8, 2021; Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Description – To update property tax assessment professionals on developments in judicial determinations relating to property tax administration and, on a selective basis, to explore the practical aspects of recent legislation and State Tax Commission guidance. The class will present a discussion of Michigan Tax Tribunal cases and Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court decisions which relate to property tax administration, released between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. The hand-out materials will include abstracts of all published Tax Tribunal “Full Tribunal” decisions, all Supreme Court decisions and all “For Publication” and all “Not For Publication” decisions of the Michigan Court of Appeals, to the extent that they are relevant to property tax administration. Tribunal small claims decisions may also be discussed if deemed important to the general assessment process. However, due to time limitations, except to the extent that participants ask specific questions about other cases, the presentation will select the most important and/or the most instructive decisions (to the assessment process) for oral presentation.

The presenter will also lead a discussion of selected assessment administration topics chosen based on important legislative and/or State Tax Commission guidance, focusing primarily on the practical implications of the changes on day-to-day assessment administration. At this time, it is the intention of the presenter to discuss the practical administrative aspects of the recent legislative change treating solar panels as Mathieu-Gast non-recognition property, as set forth in MCL 211.27, and the changes to the Poverty Exemption, as set forth in MCL 211.7u, with limited additional discussion comparing and contrasting the treatment of residential solar panels and solar facilities used for commercial generation and/or commercial/industrial use. In addition, it is the intention of the instructor to emphasize certain guidance of the State Tax Commission which is not new but which has recently been issued in written form for the first time, or reemphasized, to abate confusion, as contained in State Tax Commission Bulletins 6, 7, 17, 19, 20 and 21 of 2020 and 3 of 2021. However, other additional or alternative topics will be presented if circumstances indicate that that those topics are of great or greater practical interest.

Recommended for: All Assessors
6 Hours of Continued Education Credit
Limit 45 Students; Minimum 12 Students

 

TECHNOLOGY TRACK ( Save $40.00 by registering all classes in this track )

Assessing.Net Level II (Non-Tested)

Assessing.Net Level II
Instructor: David Kirwin, BS&A Software Training Representative
October 6, 2021; Wednesday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Description –
CAMA Data Standards
• Name and Address Management

Name and Address Changes; Owner Name and Address Screen; Street Master File; Validate Addresses (Auto Fill CSZ); ; Invalid Address Report
• Sales –
Enter Sale Information; Uncap Parcels; Update Physical Characteristics
• Principal Residence Exemption
Enter PRE Information; Questionable PRE Report
• Building Permits
User-Defined Lists; Enter Permit Information
• Appraisal Data Entry
Land Entry; Land Improvement Entry; Residential Building Entry; Useful Printouts for Parcel Data Review; Common Improvement Data Entry Problems; Calculation Detail
• New Parcels
Manually Add a Parcel; Use the Split/Combine Tool

Recommended for: All Assessors
6 Hours of Continued Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

STC Update & Michigan Equalization Gateway (MEG) Introduction (Non-Tested) 

STC Update & Michigan Equalization Gateway (MEG) Introduction
Instructors: David Buick, Dan Holland, Will Gast Treasury, Tony Meyaard MMAO, David Kirwin BS&A Software Training Representative
October 7, 2021; Thursday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Description - Staff from the Michigan Department of Treasury along with other assessment administration professionals, will be presenting information on various topics including an STC Update, Assessing Reform, CAMA Data Standards, MAED update and MEG Assessor Portal Training. MEG is a new integrated web-based State Equalization System that provides a central data repository for county and state equalization data, plus local unit assessor L-4022 data. MEG includes both County Portals and Local Unit Portals for use by equalization and assessing staff. This course will focus on the Local Unit Portal. You won’t find this training anywhere else so don’t miss out on this continuing education class.

Recommended for: All Assessors
4 Hours of Continued Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

Using GIS with Assessing.NET (Non-Tested) 

Using GIS with Assessing.NET
Instructors: David Kirwin, BS&A Software Training Representative
October 7, 2021; Thursday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Description -
• Setup of GIS within BS&A
Layers; Active Map Set; External GIS
• Using GIS
Tools; Action Modes
• Thematic Layers
Plotting Sales
• Printing Maps
Sections; Quarter Sections; Labeling

Recommended for: All Assessors
4 Hours of Continued Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

Using APEX with Assessing.Net (Non-Tested) 

Using APEX with Assessing.Net
Instructors: David Kirwin, BS&A Software Training Representative
October 8, 2021; Friday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Description -
• Sketch Integration with BS&A
• Setup, Creating Area Code Tables
• Tools, Text Library, Symbols, Shortcut keys
• Sketching Residential Examples, Commercial Example
• Sketching Land Example

Recommended for: All Assessors
4 Hours of Continued Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

 

ADMINISTRATIVE TRACK ( Save $30.00 by registering all classes in this track )

Get the 411 on Forms (Non-Tested)

Get the 411 on Forms
Instructor: Shila Kianer, MAAO and Katherine Roslund MMAO
October 6, 2021; Wednesday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Description – Assessors, Equalization Directors and staff for both are inundated with forms. Forms need to be completed and filed with other government agencies in property assessment administration. Assessors receive forms that have to be processed and the information is used for work in the office. Some forms are printed from CAMA software and require very little time once completed, others require in depth analysis and are very time consuming. Where does all of the data come from, what is it for and how is it used. This course will attempt to answer those questions.

Recommended for: All Assessors
6 Hours of Continued Education Credit
Limit 45 Students; Minimum 12 Students

Essential Administration Skills (Non-Tested)

Essential Administration Skills
Instructor: Shila Kianer, MAAO and Katherine Roslund MMAO
October 7, 2021; Thursday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Description – The objective of this class is to remind assessors and office teams that there are two parts to their job. The “ASSESSING” part where they use their education and training to create an assessment roll and the “ADMINISTRATION” part where they create goals, meet deadlines & run an office. Every assessing office is unique based on the individual assessor and the team they have. The instructors will provide ideas for assessors and their teams to implement in order to REBOOT the productivity of their office.

Recommended for: All Assessors
6 Hours of Continued Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

STC Bulletins & Guidance Review (Non-Tested)

STC Bulletins & Guidance Review
Instructor: Shila Kianer, MAAO and Katherine Roslund MMAO
October 8, 2021; Friday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Description – STC Bulletins provide direction to assessors and directors regarding implementation of the General Property Tax Act. The STC also publishes Q&A and Guidelines giving instructions for specific topics. It is important for assessors to be able to look up Bulletins and Publications when needed. This course will review important bulletins and guidance based on subject. Class participation and discussion will be encouraged.

Recommended for: All Assessors
4 Hours of Continued Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

 

BASIC TRACK ( Save $20.00 by registering all classes in this track )

Land Valuation Course (Non-Tested)

Land Valuation Course
Instructor: Roger McCarty, MMAO
October 6 & 7, 2021; Wednesday and Thursday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Description – This course is designed to give the student an introduction to basic land valuation. The student will be introduced to the theory and valuation concepts behind land valuation. Land will be defined, distinguished from “site,” and the student will be made aware that there is more than one type of value that may be derived depending on the appraisal assignment.

The valuation process will be described with particular emphasis on highest and best use analysis. Sources of information on the subject property or properties and sources of valuation data are identified. Units of comparison will be discussed along with the elements of comparison. Finally, the methods of valuing land are described and the student will practice evaluating the results to establish a final estimate of value. The valuation methods will include single property appraisal and mass appraisal methods. Mass appraisal application of concluded values will be explained in conjunction with loading those conclusions into CAMA for both the Base Lot Method and Comparative Unit Method.

Recommended for: All Assessors
16 Hours of Continued Education Credit and 16 Hours of Appraiser Continued Education Credit
Limit 45 Students; Minimum 12 Students

The Property Class Class (Non-Tested)

The Property Class Class
Instructor: Roger McCarty, MMAO
October 8, 2021; Friday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Description – Proper classification of parcels is mandatory for proper assessment and equalization of each local unit. This class will discuss the reasons for classification, the definition of each major class, examples of how the correct class is determined for parcels of mixed uses, and the use of the specific class codes in the CAMA Data Standards. This will include problems along with lecture and discussion. The final topic will be how class changes are reflected on the L-4023 including issues which may result from class changes of high values of properties.

Recommended for: All Assessors
4 Hours of Continued Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

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