In this post, I wanted to share that the School of Government’s Knapp Library has a new collection for North Carolina’s assessment community. This is a short post because I anticipate most of the reading will occur as you explore the links in this post. In January, IAAO announced the availability of their new collection of informational books on assessment, Apendium.
Registration for the NCGFOA Certified Finance Officer Exams on January 24 and 25 opened today, Thursday, January 10. The following links are for instructions on the registration process and for the registration links page directly. Please note that the School of Government has a new registration system and you may be required to create an account if you have not recently. All of this information is in the instructions page.
REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, AT 5:00 P.M.
Once registration has closed, complete information regarding instructions for access, technical support and parameters of the exams themselves will be provided no later than Wednesday, January 23.
EXAM ACCESS WILL BE FROM 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. EACH DAY THE EXAMS ARE BEING OFFERED. TECHNICAL SUPPORT, IF NEEDED, WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE FROM 8:00 A.M – 5:00 P.M. ON THE EXAM DAYS. EACH EXAM IS 2 HOURS MAXIMUM IN LENGTH AND WILL CLOSE AT THE END OF TWO HOURS IF NOT ALREADY COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED. ONCE AN EXAM OPENS, A TIMER BEGINS AND CANNOT BE PAUSED AND REVISITED AT A LATER TIME. ALL OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN YOUR ACCESS CREDENTIALS ARE PROVIDED TO YOU NEXT WEEK.
Exam Registration Links
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With North Carolina back in the sights of a hurricane, there is no better time to remember the idiom, “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.”
After Matthew in 2016, Jimmy Tanner, Gaston County Tax Director, realized that the individuals in the tax office who are usually tasked with the damage assessment process have likely suffered property loss themselves and also may have family and friends in need. With that in mind, Jimmy used PTAX to offer staff from his office to help with the damage assessment process in impacted counties. Other counties followed by offering similar assistance.
With the bigger picture, the School of Government has an awesome leader in this area, Norma Houston. https://www.sog.unc.edu/resources/microsites/nc-emergency-management
Introduction by Kirk Boone
Maybe the assessment stars were aligned two weeks ago when PTEP held IAAO 300, Fundamentals of Mass Appraisal, in Rocky Mount, NC.
- On August 20, the first day of class, WRAL, our local NBC affiliate, published an article about leading edge statistics software used to support Wake County mass appraisal. Marcus Kinrade, AAS, Wake County Revenue Director, shared the following article with me.
- WRAL is a pioneer in technology. In 1996, WRAL provided the first public high definition television broadcast in the United States. In 2016, they became the first US station to broadcast a full time service using standards for 4K ultra HD content.
- SAS Institute, the company providing the statistical technology, is leading-edge. The world’s largest privately held software company, right here in Wake County, is used by Google as a model for some of their own workplace development.
- Mr. Kinrade was attending IAAO 300 that week. The course introduces statistical techniques used in mass appraisal. Although IAAO 300 topics such as clustering and regression analysis have been in use for hundreds of years, it is the same mathematics combined with today’s technology and local government leadership that allow for what you’re about to read. This is an impressive collaboration between a leading-edge company and a leading-edge county.