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MAA President's Message

September/October Message

Summer is almost over, and fall is around the corner; autumn is my favorite time of year with the cooler temperatures and color changes. Speaking of changes, I just wanted to update you that the MAA magazine will now be printed once every two months for the remainder of 2020 and moving forward for 2021. This will result in a cost savings of approximately $17.000.00 a year.  Editor Raftary has done an excellent job searching different resources to bring to our magazine and this is evident with the many awards this publication has won over the years, (12) IAAO Zangerle Awards. 

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic moving into the fall, we are taking the 2020 Annual Business Meeting virtual on October 21, 2020 at 10:00 am. Instructions on how to attend the virtual Annual Business Meeting is contained in the September/October issue of The Michigan Assessor.

I had the opportunity to attend the MAED Annual Business Meeting held in Cadillac, MI. last July.  It was a great meeting and there were about 30 members in attendance. 

I have to admit that I am still hoping for college football this fall or early winter and the opportunity to cheer loudly for the MSU Spartans and somewhat less for our friendly Michigan Wolverine cousins, but as we continue through this very unique year, it will surprise any of us if anything gets back to normal any time soon. Please keep yourselves, family members and friends healthy and safe.

All my best,
John Dahlquist, President

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Proposed 2020 Bylaws Amendments

MAA Executive Board Approves Proposed Bylaws Amendments to be Presented to the Membership

At their June 22, 2020 Executive Board meeting, the Board approved the proposed amendments to the Michigan Assessors Associations Bylaws.  With the approval of the Board of Directors, the Bylaws are published for review by the general members for their comments.  The proposed amendments will be presented to the members attending the Annual Meeting for ratification.  If adopted, the amended Bylaws will take effect on January 1, 2021.

Bylaws Committee Chair, Matthew Raftary, presented the proposed the following five proposed amendments requested by the Board.

Proposal 1: Granting voting rights to Subscribing members for all association business.  
The objective is to engage subscribing members and encourage subscriber membership.  Subscribing members possess a vast amount of knowledge and experience and share many common goals and concerns of property tax professionals.  This amendment would give them an active role in the Association.  The amendment does not change the make-up of the Executive Board.  The subscribing advisory position on the Board of Directors would continue to be an appointed  position by the President but would now give that individual a vote on the Board.  Also, the proposed amendment prohibits a subscribing member from holding any other elected position on the Board.

Proposal 2: Establish a Student membership class
The objective is to increase membership in the Association as well as encourage and help new people to enter the property tax profession.  This membership status would be a nonvoting position and at a reduced membership fee established by the Board of Directors.  The membership would also provide an electronic copy of the associations magazine and make scholarship available to the individuals.

Proposal 3: Establish Quarterly Board of Directors meetings and allow non-quarterly meetings to be held via video conferencing.
Due to recent stay at home orders, the Board has been meeting via video conferencing.  This amendment would allow ongoing video meetings of the Board but require that at least four quarterly meetings be held with a physical presence to establish a quorum.  Board members must be visually present at a video conferencing meeting to establish a quorum as well as vote on any issue before the Board.  This amendment does not alter the ability of a member to attend a quarterly meeting via video conferencing pursuant to Article X, Section 5.

Proposal 4: Amend the nominating process for elected positions of Officers and Directors 
Currently nominations are made by the Nominating Committee which establishes a slate of officers typically consisting of only one candidate per open position.  This amendment would more clearly define the role of the Nominating Committee in establishing the slate of officers by vetting all interested candidates' qualifications and eliminate the nominating petition process making it easier for potential candidates to step forward.  Any individuals meeting the eligibility requirements for holding office would appear on the election ballot. The intent is to encourage more individuals to step forward and serve on the Board.

Proposal 5: Establish electronic voting for elected positions of Officers and Directors 
Currently, only those members present at the Annual Meeting can participate in the election process.  This amendment would amend the election process from the Annual Meeting and establish a secrete, electronic balloting process wherein all members can participate in the election process.

Members can direct their comments and questions regarding these proposed amendments by email to the MAA Bylaws Chair, or call 734-942-1324. The complete language of the Bylaws and amendments can be found on the MAA Website under the menu "About Us/Bylaws"

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