Awards Program Description

 

                                                  Click here to see all past award winners                              

 

WAAO's awards program is similar to the IAAO program.  It is designed:

·        to encourage professionalism.

·        to recognize outstanding achievements by individuals and institutions in the property taxation and assessment administration fields.

·        to promote participation in WAAO activities and programs.

·        to focus public attention on WAAO activities and individual member achievements.

 

Each year the WAAO Awards Committee reviews nominees for the following awards:

·        Most Valuable Member

·        Wisconsin Award

·        Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction

·        Distinguished Research & Development

·        Public Information Program Award

·        Publication Award

·        Distinguished Life Member Award

 

The most valuable member from the previous year automatically chairs the Committee, serving with the two prior most valuable recipients, two WAAO members at large, the Association Treasurer, and any other past recipients willing to serve.  If the award is not presented, the Committee votes on a Chair from the members serving, and submits the name to the WAAO President for approval. 

 

WAAO awards are presented annually after the Wednesday evening banquet at the League of Municipalities Assessor’s Institute.    WAAO reserves the right not to present an award in any category in any year.  Materials submitted in conjunction with nomination forms become the property of WAAO. 

 

Questions concerning the awards can be directed to the attention of the Awards Committee Chairperson, or other Committee members.   Nomination forms can be obtained from, and should be submitted to any of the Awards Committee members.  Unless otherwise noted, any individual or institution is eligible for an award regardless of WAAO membership status.

 

Nominations are accepted from any source.  Individual members and governmental units are encouraged to submit nominations.  Submission of your own activities and agency accomplishments should be viewed as a mechanism to share advancements and accomplishments with other WAAO members.  The deadline for submitting nominations each year is July 1st.     The Awards Committee will review the nominations submitted and may utilize as service review point system which is a resource of the committee.  Awards are presented to members that are eligible and have met any or a combination of the criteria suggested with each award.  

 

Most Valuable Member  (1/7/13 Exec Board Clarification) Click here to see all past award winners

 

This is an award presented to a WAAO member who has made significant contributions to the Association during the past year through participation in its activities, and has made an outstanding contribution to the realization of WAAO’s goals.  Recipients may receive this award only once in every 10 year period. 

 

Eligibility and criteria include any or a combination of the following: 

·        Continued WAAO membership for at least 10 years.

·        Significant contributions to the WAAO organization.    

·        Served as an elected position, committee chair, education program instructor, or speaker at WAAO conferences, seminars, etc.

·        Served as a WAAO representative.

·        Actively promoted WAAO as evidenced by new member recruitment.

·        Record of publication in professional literature.

·        Activity in other assessor / appraisal organizations.

·        Served in other public service organizations, national, regional, state or local government study commissions, committees, etc. 

 

Wisconsin Award  (1/7/13 Exec Board Clarification) Click here to see all past award winners

 

The Wisconsin Award is presented to a WAAO member who has made significant contributions to the Association over a period of several years through participation in its activities, and has made an outstanding contribution to the realization of WAAO’s goals.  Recipients may receive this award only once.   It is a prestigious award and might be compared to being elected to the Hall of Fame – a one-time honor.   

 

Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction Click here to see all past award winners

 

This award is conferred on a state, county, regional, or local assessment agency that has instituted or improved a technical, procedural, or administrative program.  The new program must be generally recognized as a component of a model assessment system, and a contributing factor to equity in property taxation. The program must have been implemented in the two years prior to nomination.  Programs competing on the open market at the time of the award do not qualify.

 

This award may also be conferred in special appreciation for valuable and exemplary service rendered, by promoting sound legislative initiatives that support the public good in areas of property assessment, which contribute to the professionalism of Wisconsin Assessors.       

 

Distinguished Research & Development  Click here to see all past award winners

 

This award is conferred on an organization, education agency, private sector firm, public agency, or individual for original research in property assessment and taxation, and/or for mass appraisal techniques and methods, but not as competition in the open market.  The following are examples of eligible activities: 

·        A record of publication or programs that further the understanding of property taxation or represent the dissemination of information on new mass appraisal/valuation techniques.

·        Sponsorship of continuing educational programs of interest to assessors/appraisers.

·        Development of new assessment/appraisal computer applications or processes. 

·        Development of theories or practical applications which are potentially useful for all assessing jurisdictions. 

 

Public Information Program Award Click here to see all past award winners

 

This award is given to an assessment jurisdiction that developed and implemented an effective taxpayer information system.  It is open to all assessment jurisdictions or government agencies that have implemented a program in the two years prior to nomination. 

 

Eligibility and criteria include any or a combination of the following:  

·       Publication of a taxpayer brochure describing assessment functions in a clear non-technical way. 

·       Providing comprehensive assessment and tax notices informing taxpayers of their appeal rights. 

·       Providing taxpayer forums or a regular communication program for local civic or taxpayer groups.

·        Providing opportunities for informal meetings with assessment personnel to discuss individual assessments.

·        Providing a regular taxpayer program/policy of news releases, press conferences, etc. and generally good communications through the local media. 

 

Publication Award Click here to see all past award winners

 

This award is given to a WAAO member (or members) that author and publish an article, or essay on property tax administration, or a topic related to the assessment field.   The article must have been published in a recognized state, regional, or national publication, such as the AVOW, professional organization newsletters, Assessment Digest, Property Tax Journal, etc. within two years prior to nomination. 

 

Eligibility and criteria include any or a combination of the following:  

·        Publication of original article, essay, or other written work concerning assessment valuation methods and procedures, property tax administration, etc. 

·        Publication of materials in a professional recognized journal, periodical, newsletter, or bulletin within the past two years.

 

Distinguished Life Member   (Conferred Upon Retirement) Click here to see all past award winners

 

This award is approved by the WAAO Executive Board and is presented to individuals who have made substantial contributions to WAAO and/or the assessment profession upon retirement.  The Awards Committee reviews and approves candidates, and presents the Committee recommendations to the Executive Board at or before the July meeting.    

 

Eligibility and criteria include any or a combination of the following:  

·        WAAO membership for at least 10 years, or IAAO membership for at least 20 years.

·        Regular WAAO membership in good standing for at least 10 years at retirement.

·        Served on the Executive Board for at least one 3-year term.

·        Served as Secretary, Treasurer, or President for one term.

·        Served on one or more standing committees for at least 2 full terms.

·        Served as instructor for WAAO sanctioned courses or seminars.

·        Served on DOR Education and Training Committee for at least 2 terms.

·        Lengthy service as a WAAO Representative, and/or service on various standing committees, (Legislative, Exemption, Personal Property, Real Estate Standards, Education, etc.) or service to the League as Trustee through Past Chair.

 

FAIR AND EQUITABLE AWARD

This is a plaque that is presented by WAAO “for exceptional service to the citizens of Wisconsin, by conscientious efforts to promote fairness and equity in the assessment and taxation process, as legislated by Wisconsin Statutes.”  Sponsoring or co-sponsoring proposed legislation that promotes fairness and equity would be an example.  Nominations for the awards are submitted to, and approved by the Executive Board.  The Public Relations Committee arranges for the presentations.   


RETIREMENT RECOGNITION CERTIFICATE

This certificate is presented to “Regular” WAAO members upon retirement if they have been a “Regular” member in good standing for a minimum of 10 years.  Notice of the retirement should be given to the Association Treasurer, who will forward the information to the WAAO President and Awards Chair.

 

The certificates will be presented by the WAAO President, or the Awards Committee Chair, at the League of Municipalities Assessor’s Institute.

 

WAAO GRANTS  

 

The WAAO Executive Board may, or may not elect to fund grants annually to WAAO members through the Education account:  

 

  1. A grant or grants to attend a WAAO sponsored course or co-sponsored IAAO course. 

 

  1. Two grants for up to 50% of the course cost of a WAAO sponsored course or co-sponsored IAAO course for the hosting staff.   The Awards Committee chair is notified of the names applying for the grants by the Course Coordinator or grant applicant, and the Association Treasurer allocates ˝ of the course registration fee from the Education Fund upon Committee approval and verifying WAAO membership.    

 

  1. A registration fee (or fees) to attend the NCRAAO Conference. 

 

  1. A grant or grants to attend a course approved by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for credit in property assessment.
  2. A $100 grant/s for non-members may be approved with $25 allocated to paying the Student Membership dues fee for courses listed in #1 and #4.    

 

Written requests for grants under 1-3-4 & 5 should be submitted to the Awards Committee Chair along with a statement of which grant is being requested and why.   Requests must include name, address, and phone number of the applicant, the name of the course, where and when it is being held, information to support the request, and possible references.   

 

The Awards Chair verifies the course of study, DOR approval, and will review recommendations from the instructor, applicant’s supervisor etc.  

 

The Awards Committee reviews and votes on the applications.  A list of the Awards Committee recommendations is given to the WAAO President for Executive Board approval.  The list includes the name, address, and phone number of the applicant, course name, place, and dates, the Awards Committee recommendation for approval or denial, the amount recommended to be awarded, and committee notes. 

 

The WAAO President contacts voting members of the Executive Board to vote on the recommendations made by the Awards Committee, and reports back to the Awards Chair.   The Awards Chair will notify the applicant/s if they have been approved for a grant and the amount approved, of if their request has not been approved. 

 

For WAAO sponsored courses, funds will be transferred by the WAAO Treasurer from the Education Fund to cover the amount of the grant.   For the NCRAAO registration fee (#3) or course grants (#4), the WAAO Treasurer will mail a check to the grant recipient.        

 

IAAO DESIGNATIONS

 

A  $100 check will be mailed by the Association Treasurer to each WAAO member that successfully completes an IAAO designation upon receipt of a copy of the designation.

 

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