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MAAO Summer Conference-via Zoom-June 23-25, 2020

MAAO Virtual Summer Conference, June 23-25, 2020 via Zoom. Hosted by MAAO Platinum Sponsor Vision Government Solutions.

6/23/2020 to 6/25/2020
When: June 23-25, 2020
Where: via Zoom
United States
Contact: Paula Rubley
774-249-8625


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MAAO 2020 Virtual Summer Conference

June 23-25, 2020 

via Zoom Hosted by MAAO Platinum Sponsor Vision Government Solutions

The following is a video on how to register for the Summer Conference.  How to Register

For a hard copy of the Agenda: MAAO Virtual Summer Conference

For a quick listing of the Agenda (without the descriptions): MAAO Virtual Summer Conference Flyer

Want to know why you should attend our Virtual Summer Conference, click on the following video! Why you should attend MAAO's Summer Conference

Please join us for the MAAO Summer Virtual Conference, the Education Committee has put together an amazing program that allows for members to attend the entire conference, daily or by morning or afternoon to fit your schedule.  We ask that you forward this information to all who you might feel would benefit from the sessions.

Fees:  With the conference going to an online offering and keeping in mind our memberships budget issues, the MAAO is offering our Annual Summer Conference at reduced pricing.  As well as reducing our fee for attendance for this three day event, the MAAO will not be charging non-member fees to enable participation beyond the MAAO membership.  The MAAO feels that the Agenda that has been put forward is valuable not only to our membership but to other municipal employees. Fees are as follows (there are no non-member fees for this conference):

 

Full Conference 3-Day - $150.00     Tuesday HALF-DAY Morning - $40.00

Tuesday FULL DAY - $70.00              Tuesday HALF-DAY Afternoon - $40.00

Wednesday FULL DAY - $70.00        Wednesday HALF-DAY Morning - $40.00

Thursday FULL DAY - $40.00            Wednesday HALF-DAY Afternoon - $40.00

 

Conference Agenda

Tuesday

Morning (3 MAAO Recertification Credits)

9:00 am            Welcoming Remarks

Christopher Wilcock, MAA, Chief Assessor, & MAAO President

9:15 am            Keynote: 15 Ways to Sane or Saner in the New World

What is happening to our brain during this time of lockdown? The good news is that neuroscience has the answers and Jon Wortmann, best-selling author of Hijacked by Your Brain, can translate what’s happening and what we can do about it. Each invitation is a chance to literally change your body and mind and feel better during this time, and in the years to come. Every participant will learn how to measure stress, focus on the most important brain health habits, and immediately make simple, sticky changes to daily life.

Speaker: Jon Wortmann, Executive and Mental Coach, Trainer, and Speaker

10:15 am          Break

10:30 am          Issues in Assessing and Collecting Taxes

Similar to his presentation at the Legal Seminars along with brief fact patterns, James Crowley will discuss the pitfalls in the assessment of taxes and collection problems.  What is proper assessment, e.g., what can be assessed and to whom.  Errors by the assessors can jeopardize collection efforts, as well as what actions should then be taken by the collector.  

Speaker: James Crowley, Esq., Tax Counsel, Bureau of Municipal Finance Law, DOR

12 Noon          Brown Bag Lunch Series(credits will be provided to those who attend)

Each day we will be offering vendor demonstrations during the lunch hour. Bring your lunch and join us for insightful demonstrations from one of our vendors.  Brown Bag lunch demonstrations will be posted the week before the conference.

Afternoon (3 MAAO Recertification Credits)

 1:00 pm           Personal Exemptions

This presentation will provide an overview and examination of available personal exemptions and their eligibility requirements, with focus on recent statutory changes and recurring issues.

Speaker: Kathleen Colleary, Esq.

2:30 pm           Break

2:45 pm           Personal Exemptions continued…

4:00 pm           Afternoon Session Concludes

Wednesday

Morning (3 MAAO Recertification Credits)

9:00 am            Open Meeting Law

This presentation will instruct on the basic definitions of the Open Meeting Law, as well as how to comply with the Law’s requirements pertaining to notices, minutes, and executive sessions.

Speaker: Kerry Anne Kilcoyne, Assistant Attorney General, Division of Open Government

10:30 am          Break

10:45 am          Parliamentary Procedure and Robert’s Rules of Order Demystified: How to Take the Commotion Out of the Motion

Parliamentary Procedure is a set of rules for conduct at meetings that allows everyone to be heard and to make decisions without confusion. Why is Parliamentary Procedure Important? Because it is a time-tested method of conducting business at meetings and public gatherings. It can be adapted to fit the needs of any organization. Robert's Rules of Order newly revised is the basic handbook of operation for most clubs, organizations, and other groups. So, it is important that everyone know these basic rules!

Speaker: Amy Rasmussen, RES, AAS, IAAO President, Director of Litigation, Polk County Assessor’s Office, Des Moines, Iowa

12 Noon          Brown Bag Lunch Series(credits will be provided to those who attend)

Each day we will be offering vendor demonstrations during the lunch hour. Bring your lunch and join us for insightful demonstrations from one of our vendors.  Brown Bag lunch demonstrations will be posted the week before the conference.

Afternoon(3 MAAO Recertification Credits)

 1:00 pm           Virtual Communication: How to Effectively Build Relationships in ZoomLand

What does it mean to be an effective communicator in the virtual work world? How do you prove you’ve listened? How do you handle the awkwardness of the new mediums while still being professional? The answers are based on the same communication habits the best leaders have used throughout history, applied to new mediums. Presented by best-selling author of Mastering Communication at Work Jon Wortmann, this workshop will get you ready for the new world. The mediums are different. The newness can be daunting. And, everyone can be more effective and valuable when they know some simple habits to improve meetings, presentations, and work with your teams.

Speaker: Jon Wortmann, Executive and Mental Coach, Trainer, and Speaker

2:00 pm           Break

2:15 pm           The Latest from Local Services

What is New at the Division of Local Services for 2020

Speakers:Joanne Graziano, Chief, Bureau of Local Assessments; Kirsten Shirer, Chief Data Analytics and Resources Bureau

3:30 pm           MAAO Annual Meeting/Installation of FY2021 Officers and Board Members

MAAO Annual Meeting including annual committee reports and awards.

Moderator:Christopher Wilcock, MAA, RMA, Chief Assessor, Melorse & MAAO President

4:15 pm           Afternoon Session Concludes

Thursday

Morning (3 MAAO Recertification Credits)

9:00 am            Burnout Recovery: How to Handle All this Change and Feel Better this Summer

When burn out first became part of the psychological literature, it was a definition of people who were emotionally exhausted, losing the love for what they used to do, and pessimistic about the world. Forty years later, burnout is something we can assess and take on mentally, emotionally, and physically. But how? Some of the solutions and recovery techniques are obvious and will serve as reminders. Others are new research about what truly allows us to create new pathways in our brains and new patterns in our lives. The list of thirteen habits will leave you feeling refreshed and with a few new ways to take good care of yourself.

Speaker: Jon Wortmann, Executive and Mental Coach, Trainer, and Speaker

10:00 am          Break

10:15 am          The ABCs of TIFs, DIFs, TIEs, and STAs

Tax Increment Finance Agreements (TIFs), Special Tax Assessments (STAs), and Housing Development Tax Increment Exemptions (TIE’s) can be powerful economic development incentives and can help municipalities facilitate investment in their communities, creation of jobs and development of market rate housing. The current COVID-19 Pandemic has caused significant challenges, yet businesses continue to seek opportunities to reposition or expand. These economic development incentives can be powerful tools for communities to grow and retain jobs and to increase their tax base.  While the goal of these agreements can be very straightforward, these agreements can be complex and can temporarily impact real estate and personal property tax assessment. The provisions of the General Laws Chapter 23A, which governs TIFs & STAs, were substantially re-written effective August 10, 2016. These changes sought to streamline the TIF & STA process. General Laws Chapter 40V created the Housing Development Incentive Program and Housing Development Tax Increment Exemptions (TIE’s).  Matt Thomas has written over 50 Tax Incentive Agreements for municipalities and serves as the Tax Incentives Attorney for one of the largest government tax incentives consultants in Massachusetts. During the presentation Matt will discuss various TIF, STA & TIE provisions, negotiation strategies, and impacts on the tax base and municipal revenue.

Speaker: Matthew Thomas, Esq.

12 Noon          Brown Bag Lunch Series(credits will be provided to those who attend)

Each day we will be offering vendor demonstrations during the lunch hour. Bring your lunch and join us for insightful demonstrations from one of our vendors.  Brown Bag lunch demonstrations will be posted the week before the conference.

Afternoon (1 MAAO Recertification Credits)

1:00 pm           Solar Pilots

Mr. Holland will review the statutory authority for PILOT agreements, recent ATB decisions regarding perceived tax exemptions for renewable energy facilities, relevant guidance from the Dept. of Revenue on the tax treatment of such facilities and on PILOT agreements, and the types of contract provisions included in such agreements.

Speaker: Richard T. Holland, Esq., KP | LAW

2:00 pm           Afternoon Session Concludes