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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Spring Education Session

The Michigan Assessors Association offers quality education for Members and Non-Members in four separate locations throughout the State and is recognized for its outstanding continuing education and certification preparation content.  The curriculum is comprised of classes developed by the
Michigan Assessors Association and is supplemented by courses developed by the State Tax Commission for individuals seeking Assessor Certification.


Education Committee


Sandra Birkenshaw, Chair
586-469-5260
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Beth Botke
Education Administrator
517-204-3752
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Debby Ring
Curriculum-Instructor Development Coordinator
616-554-0272
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With on-line registration, participants can use a credit card or check to pay for their course.  On-line registration ensures that you are registered and guaranteed a seat in the class.
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Memorial Scholarship Funds

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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Spring Education Session

May 6 - 10, 2019 
Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel
21111 Haggerty Rd., Novi, MI 48375
(248) 349-4000


Registration deadlines are:
April 5, 2019 for STC tested courses
April 26, 2019 for all non-tested courses

LATE REGISTRATIONS AND/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


Important Information Regarding all MAAO/3 Certification Courses
MAAO candidates must complete seven tested courses and a USPAP Course in order to achieve MAAO Certification.  Students must first take Principles of Appraising, then Statistics and then Basic Income before any other courses can be taken. MAA students are advised to check the STC’s MAAO Self-Paced Course Credit Report on their website to be certain they are in compliance with the prerequisites before registering for class.  Questions should be addressed to Treasury staff.

MAAO "Basic Property Tax Administration" (STC Tested)

MAAO "Basic Property Tax Administration"
Instructor(s):
To Be Determined
May 6-10, 2019; Monday – Friday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Description- This course provides instruction on a variety of topics that are not covered through other MAAO courses, but are critical to the requirements to hold MAAO certification. This course will cover the most common property tax exemptions and abatements including the principle residence exemptions; transfer of ownership; and personal property tax valuation and administration, including the recently implemented personal property exemptions. This is a tested course and students must pass the exam with 75% or higher to receive credit for the course.

Restricted to: Individuals taking the self-paced courses to obtain MAAO/3 certification who meet the prerequisite requirements.
Limit 35 students; Minimum 12 students

MAAO "Land Values & ECF's" (STC Tested)

MAAO "Land Values & ECF's"
Instructor(s):
Matthew Schmidt and Katherine Roslund
May 6-10, 2019; Monday – Friday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Description- This course examines land valuation including the general forces that effect value, land valuation methods, land value maps and tax maps. Additionally, this course examines the purpose of an ECF along with the development and application of ECF’s. This is a tested course and students must pass the exam with 75% or higher to receive credit for the course. A CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED.

Restricted to: Individuals taking the self-paced courses to obtain MAA0/3 certification who meet the prerequisite requirements.
Limit 35 students; minimum 12 students

Michigan Certified Assessing Technician (STC Tested)

Michigan Certified Assessing Technician
Instructor(s): 
Shila Kiander and Stephanie Boerman
May 7-9, 2019; Tuesday – Thursday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Description- This course is intended to provide education in assessment administration for assessing personnel that are not required to certify an assessment roll. This course will provide an “Overview of Assessment Administration” and will focus on matters such as Principle Residence Exemptions, Property Transfer Affidavits, the Board of Review process and requirements, as well as the clerical aspects of Personal Property. Other important topics will be a General Overview of Operations of an Assessing Office, Assessment Administration Terminology and a basic overview of Property Descriptions. This class is tested and provides limited certification: students must pass a written examination with a score of 75%. MCAT certificate holders may not certify an assessment roll.

Restricted to: Individuals who work in assessing, but whose duties do not require certification as an assessing officer.
Limited 35 students; Minimum 12 students

Billboard Structure Valuation (Non-Tested)

Billboard Structure Valuation
Instructor(s): Debby Ring
May 9, 2019; Thursday; 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Description - Many billboards have been through multiple ownership changes. When reported by the advertising companies on personal property statements, they have been known to show a “basis” of as little as $400 for a billboard rather than the original cost new in the year the structure was erected as required. This class will give Michigan assessors a tool to test the accuracy of reported costs and, when the PPS is found to be unreliable, a tool to determine billboard structures’ costs and appropriate depreciation. A CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved 4 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

Excel – The Basics and Then Some  (Non-Tested)

Excel – The Basics and Then Some
Instructor(s): Amy L. DeHaan
May 7, 2019; Tuesday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This course will provide Excel users with the knowledge to easily create spreadsheets, graphs and charts that have meaning - not just a bunch of data on a page. The basics of the program's mechanics will be reviewed, along with tips and tricks that even seasoned users may not know exist. Throughout the day participants will work through practical examples -- most of which are specifically related to assessing functions including the analysis of data pulled from BS&A -- that reinforce what they've learned. A COMPUTER WITH EXCEL IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved 8 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

To Divide or Not to Divide?  (Non-Tested)

To Divide or Not to Divide?
Instructor(s): Amy L. DeHaan
May 8, 2019; Wednesday; 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

When is a split allowed? How does an assessor research history? What are bonus splits? Does a parcel have a clean slate for more splits after ten years or did that end with the passage of the current act? And why can splits change my starting values in BS&A? Learn this and more in this class.

Recommended for: All assessors
Approved 6 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

Basic Construction Refresher  (Non-Tested)

Basic Construction Refresher
Instructor(s): Roger McCarty and Eric Harger
Harger May 8, 2019; Wednesday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This course has been designed to cover the construction of residential buildings from site preparation to completion. Materials and methods will be examined. Styles and quality of construction will be discussed. Sources of functional obsolescence and physical deterioration will be discussed in general terms. Find out how a septic system works. Identify the type of HVAC system when doing field work. Learn the many styles of homes over the years. What is green? What red flags should an appraiser see when inspecting a home? General discussions will not include actual determination of RCN or depreciation. There is a $25.00 text fee for this course.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved for 8 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

Using the HP 12C Calculator  (Non-Tested)

Using the HP 12C Calculator
Instructor(s): Amy L. DeHaan
May 9, 2019; Thursday; 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

This class was designed to provide attendees with knowledge of the basic functions of the HP12C calculator. Use of the HP12C has long been used in appraising and assessing functions. Many know how to use its general math functions, but do not understand what else this calculator can do. We will review its basic use, and also explore in more depth some of the additional functions that an assessor might use, including: interest and amortization, DCF analysis and statistical functions. An HP 12C IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS.

Recommended for: Assessor preparing for a community-wide reappraisal
Approved 6 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

Intro. to New, Loss, Additions, Losses & Adjustments  (Non-Tested)

Introduction to New, Loss, Additions, Losses & Adjustments
Instructor(s): Matthew Raftary
May 9, 2019; Thursday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This class will involve a brief discussion of the history and definitions of equalization new, loss, and adjustment as well as Headlee and capped value additions and losses. Students will learn to determine new, loss, adjustment, additions and losses and the differences between Headlee and capped value additions and losses as they apply to the capped value formula. The instructor will guide students through study problems involving splits and combinations, exemptions, new construction, Board of Review actions, etc., and calculate assessed, capped and taxable values based upon various scenarios. A CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED.

Recommended for: All assessors
Approved 8 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limited to 45 Students.

IAAO Restructuring Income/Expense Statements  (Non-Tested)

IAAO Restructuring Income/Expense Statements
Instructor(s): Roger McCarty and Debby Ring
May 9, 2019; Thursday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Find out the importance of restructuring of income and expense statements for use in the Income Approach to Value. Learn how to take an owner’s income statement and restructure it applying knowledge learned in this forum. Income and expense items that are not permissible for valuation purposes and items that are allowable, but not reported by property owners will be discussed and reviewed. There is an $80.00 text fee for this course. A CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved 8 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit and 8 hours of Real Estate Appraiser Continuing Education Credit from LARA.
Limited to 30 students

Assessment Administration of Agricultural Properties  (Non-Tested)

Assessment Administration of Agricultural Properties
Instructor(s): Nathan Hager
May 7, 2019; Tuesday; 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

This course will cover many aspects of assessing agricultural property. It is designed to provide students with an understanding and working knowledge of the state requirements for classification, exemption and valuation of Agricultural property. Resources including STC Bulletins, FAQs and Guidelines, will be utilized as a basis for this course.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved 6 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limited to 45 students

Preparing a Valuation Report for an Entire Tribunal Case (Non-Tested)

Preparing a Valuation Report for an Entire Tribunal Case
Instructor(s): Debby Ring
May 7-8, 2019; Tuesday and Wednesday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Many assessors submit valuation disclosures they have prepared for ET appeals. Tribunal decisions coming out recently are clearly indicating that a property record card is not sufficient for this forum and more data and analysis is needed. This course will cover the structure of a narrative report covering area analysis, highest and best use determination, the three approaches to value, and final value reconciliation. Problems are structured to assist an assessor to identify needed market data and proper methodology to prepare a defensible report. A CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED.

Recommended for: Assessors with three years’ experience
Approved 16 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limited to 45 students

Personal Property Audit  (Non-Tested)

Personal Property Audit
Instructor(s): Kellianne Nagy
May 7-8, 2019; Tuesday and Wednesday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Do you have a working knowledge of how taxpayers may maintain their asset listings and how to find reportable personal property in their books including owned, leased, construction in progress, etc.? How might rebooked assets be handled by taxpayers? How does one discover capital improvements made to assets? What records should be requested for an audit? Come to learn means of recording the findings of an audit and comparing them to the filed affidavits—and then how to handle omitted or incorrectly reported property. Assessors are responsible to determine the accuracy of filed affidavits for small businesses, eligible manufacturing personal property, and all other personal property. This class will share the tools needed to comply with this requirement. A CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED.

Recommended for:All Assessors
Approved 16 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limited to 45 students

Depreciation Determination  (Non-Tested)

Depreciation Determination
Instructor(s): Tony Meyaard
May 7 - 9, 2019; Tuesday – Wednesday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday; 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

This course focuses the appraiser’s attention on analyzing the several forms of depreciation, the interrelationship of the cost approach with the sales comparison and income approaches, and the methods used to measure loss in value due to physical deterioration and functional and external obsolescence. How does one measure the depreciation in a new building? Or one decades old? How do the appraisal principles apply to depreciation? This course includes time for class discussions. A CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED.

Recommended for:Three years of appraisal experience is recommended.
Approved 16 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limited to 30 students
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