There are several member types available in the MAAO. The dues, member benefits, and voting rights are determined by the type of membership held by an individual. A description of the several types, according to the MAAO By-Laws, follows below:
Section 1 – Regular Membership
A. Any person elected or appointed as an Assessor.
B. Any person gainfully employed as an Assistant to the Assessors by a municipality in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as provided by Chapter 41, Section 25A of the General Laws, regardless of the local title of his or her position, who works regularly scheduled hours for financial compensation and who is responsible for assisting the Board of Assessors in the administration of the tax laws of the Commonwealth, and the determination of real and personal property values, and who has taken an oath to administer said laws, shall be eligible for Regular Membership. Regular Members and Honorary Members shall be the only voting members.
C. Any person gainfully employed by a municipality in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, regardless of the local title of his/her position, who works regularly scheduled hours for financial compensation and who is responsible for assisting the Board of Assessors in the administrative process associated with the determination of real and personal property values. Provided, that said person's duties are verified by the Head of the Assessors Department as being an integral part of the process used for the determination of value. The Department Head shall make verification for members of this category of membership, in writing, to the Executive Director of the M.A.A.O.
Section 2 - Associate Membership
A. Any person employed by a municipality not entitled to Regular Membership shall be eligible for Associate Membership.
B. Any person employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the United States Government and whose work is concerned with property valuation for tax purposes shall be eligible for Associate Membership.
C. Any person who has retired from a position as described in Section 1 – Regular Membership of these by-laws shall be eligible for Associate Membership.
D. A person appointed as an Assistant Assessor in name only, who does not hold any office or responsibility for that position, shall be eligible for Associate Membership
E. Any person who is an Assessor in a State other than Massachusetts shall be eligible for Associate Membership.
F. Any person who has terminated his/her official position or employment in or with a municipality, or other governmental agency and who has been a Regular Member or Associate Member, and who is not employed in a manner related to assessment administration as a consultant, appraiser or other capacity in the property tax field, which would otherwise qualify him/her for Subscribing Membership, shall be eligible for Associate Membership.
Section 3 -Subscribing Membership
Any person, business or corporation, not eligible for Regular or Associate Membership, but who is interested in assessment administration and taxation, and who subscribes to the purposes of the Association shall be eligible for Subscribing Membership.
Section 4 - Honorary Membership
Any person, who in the opinion of the Executive Board, has made such a distinct contribution to the advancement of the assessing profession that his /her efforts deserve public recognition, shall be eligible for election as an Honorary Member. Honorary Membership shall be for life and no dues shall be charged.
Section 5 - Voting Rights
The right to hold office is reserved to Regular Members exclusively, and the right to vote is reserved to Regular Members and Honorary Members. The Executive Director shall maintain a list of the voting status of each member of the Association. The President's determination of voting eligibility based on this list shall be final.
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