Welcome to the Utah Chapter of the IAAO

The Utah Chapter of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) serves as an educational and networking resource for public property appraisers and their staff throughout the state of Utah. We strive to follow the mission of our parent organization to promote innovation and excellence in property appraisal, assessment administration, and property tax policy through professional development, education, research, and technical assistance.   Founded in 1965, the Utah Chapter of the IAAO also strives to:

  • Promote uniform and equitable principles of assessment through professionalism;
  • Educate the public on the importance of the work performed by assessing officers;
  • Improve assessment standards through education and modern methods of efficient technology;
  • Promote professional designations through our organization; and
  • Better serve Utah taxpayers  

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President's Welcome

Coming to mass appraisal from the fee world I had a very limited understanding of property tax appraising.  Yet my job required me to supervise others with decades of ad valorem experience.

My boss knew what I needed to succeed and signed me up for membership with the IAAO.  When she told me I was a member of the IAAO I didn’t recognizing the acronym, and I thought maybe I had unwillingly joined the appraiser mafia.
While we aren’t marauding valuation gangsters, the Utah Chapter of the IAAO is a tight-knit group of appraisers who are passionately engaged in improving valuation standards, practices and processes.
The Utah Chapter of the IAAO provided me with the network, education and resources to succeed in my position. The resources available through the international organization’s website and publications have helped my office reduce costs, increase productivity and piggy-back on the great work of my peers nationwide.

If you’re looking to sharpen your skills, expand your industry knowledge or set yourself apart, I encourage you to join our chapter and get involved. Start working on an IAAO designation, learn how other counties and other states are doing their reappraisal and learn more about how USPAP applies to your day-to-day work in an assessor’s office.  

Feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions or concerns.

Jake Parkinson
Utah Chapter President – 2015

Upcoming Events

State Tax Commission Training Schedule

Thanks to our 2014 awards and installation banquet sponsors