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MAAO Fall Conference

MAAO Fall Conference

When: October 30, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Publick House
277 Main Street
Sturbridge, Massachusetts  01566
United States
Contact: Paula Rubley

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MAAO Fall Conference

Publick House,277 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA 01566

8:00 am            Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 am            Welcoming Remarks & By Law Discussion

Speaker: Christopher Wilcock, MAA, MAAO President

9:15 am            MAAO Website Upate and Demonstration

The MAAO staff will provide you with helpful information about the new MAAO Website.

9:30 am            Legislative Update

Speakers: Charlie Stefanini, MAAO Legislative Agent & Peter Caron, MAA, MAAO Legislative Committee Chair

9:45 am           Morning Break

10:00 am         Economy and Demographics of Commercial Real Estate in Massachusetts

Mark and Peter will cover the economy and demographics as they relate to commercial real estate.  As well as a discussion on office, apartment, retail and industrial property types.  They will review current and historical trends as well as a five-year lookout for all of these topics.

Speakers: Mark Hickey, Real Estate Economist, CoStar Group & Peter Conway, Real Estate Market Analyst, CoStar Group

11:00 am          Latest from the Division of Local Services

The Division of Local Services will be providing an update regarding the following topics:

  • Local Options Forms (Gateway enhancement to be released)
  • Learn/Think/Act: 3 steps towards improving data security
  • New Form of Lists for Utility Class (504) Fiscal Year 2021
  • Updates on what is new in the  Fiscal Year 2020  RECAP
  • Tips for a timely setting of your tax rate

Speakers: Joanne Graziano, Chief, Bureau of Local Assessment; Kirsten Shirer, Bureau Chief, Data Analytics and Resource Bureau; Deborah Wagner and Andrew Nelson, Regional Supervisors, Bureau of Accounts

12:30 pm          Lunch

1:15 pm            MAAO Designation Awards

1:30 pm            A Panel of Experts

Our panel of experts will address a myriad of current trending assessing issues such as, growth, supplemental tax bills, the classification hearing, assessors website, ATB case list, budget issues, the new BRAVE Act, cell tower valuations, personal property audits, public relations, designation stipends and utility valuation.  If you have a specific question that you would like answered, please send it to Karen Tonelli at or John Neas at by October 25th.

Our Panel: Dawn Barnes, MAA, Principal Assessor, West Tisbury; Trisha Favulli, Assessor, Falmouth; Christopher Gaeta, MAA, Director of Assessing, Lynn; Paula King, MAA, Assessor, Pittsfield; John Neas, MAA, RMA, CMA, Principal Assessor, Hopkinton; Jennifer Sclar, MAA, Assessor/Administrator, Milford; Jonathan Steinberg, MAA, Chief Assessor, Westborough; and, Karen Tonelli, MAA, Director of Assessing, Montague

4:00 pm            Closing Remarks

The registration fee for the Fall Conference will be as follows:

Registration has been extended (at the lowest rate) until Monday, October 21st! MAAO Member - $110.00: Non-Member - $185.00

Register between October 22and October 28th  MAAO Member - $160.00: Non-Member - $235.00

Register after October 28th MAAO Member - $210.00: Non-Member - $285.00

MAAO Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, you must notify Paula Rubley via email at by October 23rd, there are no refunds granted after that date.

Make checks payable to: Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers or MAAO

Please send your payment to: MAAO,44 Bearfoot Road, Suite 200, Northborough, MA 01532.  If you need the MAAO's W-9, you can find it on the MAAO's website in the Resources tab under the About along the top rail.

6 MAAO Recertification Credits will be granted


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