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09/12/2011

Lincoln Institute shares expertise on PILOTs, property tax, assessment

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Contact: Anthony Flint 617-503-2116

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (September 12, 2011) -- The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy will have a big presence at the International Association of Assessing Officers’ 77th Annual International Conference on Assessment Administration  in Phoenix September 18-21, including a keynote address about the property tax in China and a seminar on preserving the property tax base.
    Joyce Man, director of the Lincoln Institute’s China program and the Center for Urban Development and Land Policy at Peking University in Beijing, will deliver a keynote address on the evolving adoption of a residential property tax system in China.
    The seminar on Monday September 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. will be introduced by Lincoln Institute fellow Jane Malme and includes visiting fellow Daphne Kenyon and research analyst Adam Langley, co-authors of the Policy Focus Report Payments in Lieu of Taxes: Balancing Municipal and Non-Profit Interests. Kenyon will survey the current use of PILOTs, and Langley will discuss best practices for negotiating PILOT agreements.
    Richard W. England, a Lincoln Institute visiting fellow and professor of economics and natural resources at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, will present on Assessing Use-Value Assessment of Rural Land: a look at whether state programs that assess agricultural and other rural lands below market value have protected family farmers and prevented sprawl.
    Daniel P. McMillen, Ph.D., also a Lincoln Institute visiting fellow and professor at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, Department of Economics, University of Illinois, will complete the seminar with his presentation, The Effect of Appeals on Assessment Ratio Distributions: Non-Parametric Approaches:  the application of a variety of methods – locally weighted regression, nonparametric quantile regression, and conditional density function – to evaluate the effect of appeals on the assessment uniformity. 
    Daphne Kenyon and Adam Langley will also present at Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs)
by Nonprofit Organizations: The Next Property Tax Revenue Measure for New York?, a breakfast forum hosted by New York Law School's Center for Real Estate Studies, The Rooftops Project, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, on October 4, 2011 from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the New York Law School , 185 West Broadway , New York. They will be joined by Ronnie Lowenstein, Director, New York City Independent Budget Office, Michael Whelan, Chief Financial Officer, Services for the Underserved, New York City, and Gerald Korngold, Professor of Law, New York Law School. The aim is to consider whether New York City should consider non-profit payments in lieu of taxes given the city’s fiscal distress.
    Payments in lieu of taxes was also a central topic in “Local Leadership and Innovation during the Financial Crisis ,” a roundtable co-sponsored by the German Marshall Fund and the Urban Land Institute, on September 9, 2011 in Washington. Daphne Kenyon participated in a panel on the evolving relationship between cities and non-profits in response to the financial crisis. She was joined by David Abbott of The George Gund Foundation, Christof Eichert of the Herbert-Quandt Foundation, and Wendy Jackson of The Kresge Foundation.
    At that forum, Alan Mallach, Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress , Tom Murphy, former mayor of Pittsburgh, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, New York City Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs, Congressman Mike Turner of Ohio, Chris Hoene, director of research and innovation at the National League of Cities, Curt Walton, city manager of Charlotte, Mary Bunting, city manager of Hampton, Virginia, Mike Emmerich, executive director of New Economy, Manchester, UK, and Richard Keevey, former budget director and comptroller, State of New Jersey, also discussed how cities are responding to the municipal finance crisis with innovative policy options and strategies, new approaches to service delivery, and longer-term structural reforms that could make cities more resilient to future economic shocks.

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