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

June Message

I think we all agree that higher quality assessment administration happens when we have knowledgeable and skilled personnel.  Quality education comes in many forms; classroom training, on the job training and good mentoring.  We can learn from self-directed study, from a book or online, but it “sinks in” best when we are able to apply this learning to real life applications.  In other words, we learn by doing.

We learn best from instructors who are the professionals in the field that have worked in an Assessment or in Equalization office.  Who else can convey the experiences, the knowledge and the nuances of assessment administration that happens at the front desk, in the field, in the courtroom or before the local government body?  The Michigan Assessors Association’s educational program offers you the opportunity to experience an exchange of ideas through classroom discussion, real-life experiences and examples and stories told by knowledgeable instructors.  

We live in a time where a myriad of alternative and competitive forms of education such as online training and self-study programs, abound, and as an association, we face many challenges in our efforts to offer cost effective, quality education to our members.  To that end, the Michigan Assessors Association’s will continue to offer educational opportunities on core appraisal principals and property tax law and provide the necessary tools that will enhance and ensure success and provide a path to excellence for all assessors. We believe there is no substitute for quality, interactive and hands on, classroom instruction and I encourage you to experience our courses and dynamic instructors to enhance your toolbox.

The Michigan Assessors Association Schools are being held July 29-August 2 in Grand Rapids and September 30-October 4 at Boyne Highlands Resort.  Plan to attend as new courses are being developed to keep up with the profession’s ever-changing needs. And don’t forget the excellent educational opportunities available August 11th through the 14th at the MAA Annual Summer Conference at Crystal Mountain. The educational program will offer 16 hours of continuing education credits as well as excellent networking opportunities and great company with friends and colleagues and will provide each of us the opportunity to further our professional development.

I hope to see you there,

Paula Jastifer President

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Strategic Planning Update

At its Strategic Planning session held November 18 & 19, 2018, the Michigan Assessors Association Board of Directors developed Mission and Vision statements for the organization. The Mission Statement is intended to be explain MAA's purpose and direction, while the Vision Statement focuses on our goals and aspirations as an organization. Both are designed to be uplifting, inspiring and timeless - even if the organization changes its strategy, the vision will often stay the same. These statements will be incorporated as part of our Board meeting agendas as well as posted on the website to keep them in the forefront.

Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Michigan Assessors Association is to promote excellence in assessment administration and professional development by providing quality education and advocating for equitable tax policy.

Vision Statement:

The Michigan Assessors Association will be the leader in education and the champion for accurate and efficient assessment administration.

After these statements were written, the Board then came up with objectives, based on our values, as an organization. Those values came from the list of priorities identified in previous strategic planning meetings. The objectives will be assigned to Committees, who will identify goals and specific tasks to achieve the objective.


  1. Education and Conference
    • affordable
    • quality
  2. Advocacy and Leadership
    • Liaison with STC
    • Data Resource - Magazine and Website
  3. Legislative
  4. Communication and Public Relations
    • Networking
    • Reaching younger members
    • Membership involvement


  1. Expand participation in educational programming by increasing attendance by 25%.
  2. Expand social media presence (Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc).
  3. Provide incentives for expanding membership (certified assessors who are not members).
  4. Create MAA designations (i.e. Equalization Director, Mentor, etc.).
  5. Recognize assessing excellence (passing AMAR) and advancing certification.
  6. Reduce education costs.
  7. Host "summit" with MAA affiliates.
Goals will be set to convert the strategic objectives into specific performance targets, and action items will identify the specific steps that will be taken to achieve the strategic objectives. Committees will be responsible for flushing out the details of the plan. If you want to make a difference in YOUR organization, now is the time to volunteer or say "YES!" when asked to be a committee member. MAA will only get better for everyone when we are ALL involved. The goals and action items, to be drafted by each Committee, will use this mnemonic so the Board, and our members, can monitor and see the progress being made:

S    M    A    R    T    E    R

Specific - identify the goal precisely and clearly

Measurable - establish criteria to measure progress toward reaching the goal. How we will know when it has been achieved?

Attainable - you have or will develop the capacity and capability to actually reach or attain the goal. We may have to develop abilities or kills or change behaviors to be successful.

Realistic - are we willing and able to work towards the goal? Make sure it is not unreasonably optimistic.

Timely - an identified time frame for reaching the goal. This creates a sense of urgency.

Evaluate - assess and evaluate progress regularly and adjust as needed.

Re-evaluate - review and assess whether the goal was actually achieved, determine what went well and what did not, identify what was learned.

Once the Board has reviewed and approved all of the goals and action items, along with a timeline for achieving them, this will become our Strategic Plan. A matrix will be developed and posted on the website for everyone to see.

The MAA Board hopes that more of you, our members, will get involved in this process, and help make the Michigan Assessors Association the best it can be - an organization we can all be proud to be part of!
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