Assessor Paul D. Petersen

Maricopa County Assessor's Office

News for 2016

In Case You Missed It: Maricopa County Chief Deputy Assessor Tim Boncoskey Elected IAAO Vice President

Phoenix (December 20, 2016) — Chief Deputy Assessor Tim Boncoskey has been selected as the Vice President for the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO). Boncoskey, who has been the Chief Deputy for the Maricopa County Assessor's Office since 2006, beat out five talented and experienced candidates. He will assume his duties after a swearing-in ceremony on January 20, 2017 at the association headquarters in Kansas City, MO. In two years, he will ascend to the Presidency of IAAO.

Maricopa County Assessor Paul D. Petersen said, "We are extremely proud of Tim for his achievement. He has transformed our Office and now he can take his leadership skills to the international level."

His responsibilities will include guiding the strategic vision, acting in a fiduciary capacity and growing the resources of the organization. Boncoskey plans to use his post to increase membership, focusing on a more diverse membership base. Additionally, he will concentrate on improving online and virtual educational experiences for members and enhancing international and cross-generational networking events.

Boncoskey has an extensive and noteworthy career in public service. After graduating from the University of Arizona and receiving a Master's degree from the LBJ School at the University of Texas, he served in Washington, D.C. and Fairfax County, Virginia. He also worked for the State of Arizona for 17 years in the Governor's Office and in the Arizona Department of Administration. Tim chaired for three Arizona Governors the Governor's Regulatory Review Council (GRRC) from 1996-2003.

He has been involved in IAAO since 2006, beginning as a member and serving as President of the Arizona Chapter of IAAO from 2007-2008 and 2011. In 2012, he was selected as the IAAO Member of the Year and elected as an Executive Board member for Region 1 (Western North America and the Pacific Rim).

The IAAO is a nonprofit professional development and networking organization dedicated to acting as an international leader and source of innovation, education and research in property appraisal, assessment administration and property tax policy. IAAO offers educational courses on assessment, a rigorous professional designation course designed as a the definitive mark of excellence in education within the assessment industry, and brings together assessment professionals from diverse backgrounds, countries, and jurisdictions to network, establish best practices, and ferment thought-leadership in property assessment all over the world.

For more information on this story or the Assessor's Office, contact (602) 506-3406, visit our website at mcassessor.maricopa.gov, or view our twitter feed @MCAssessor.

Arizona Wins the IAAO Virginia Cup

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Contact: Michael Combrink
Tel: 602.372.9275
Cell Phone: 602.509.8085
Email: CombrinkM@Mail.Maricopa.Gov

Arizona Wins the IAAO Virginia Cup

Phoenix — On Aug. 29, 2016, the state of Arizona was awarded the 26th Annual Virginia Cup from the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO). The Virginia Cup is awarded at the IAAO Annual Conference, this year in Tampa Bay, Florida, to the state with the most IAAO professional designations. Arizona won the Cup this year, with 17 designees from Maricopa County, one from Yavapai County, and two from the Arizona Department of Revenue. In the 26 years the IAAO has been awarding the Cup, this is the first year Arizona has won.

Starting last year, Assessor Paul Petersen, working with the local AZ IAAO chapter, identified the Virginia Cup as a goal for his office, and the state, in the upcoming year. "By focusing on the professional designation from IAAO, our staffers developed their professionalism, built their expertise, and expanded their knowledge base in the world of appraisal and assessment practices. Not only that, they also set a goal as a group, and achieved that goal as a group, through studying together, working as a team, and tutoring each other," said Assessor Petersen, "I could not be more proud of my 17 staffers this year who diligently worked to receive their designation".

The professional designation from IAAO is considered the profession's highest certification degree and a mark of excellence in the field of assessment. Designees choose from five designations, specializing in different fields from The Residential Evaluation Specialist to The Cadastral Mapping Specialist. The requirements to complete a designation include a course of required educational classes in assessment practices and theory, and an experience requirement in time spent as an appraiser. The designation is a rigorous and challenging course, so much so that IAAO gives candidates five years to complete and achieve their designation.

For more information on the designation program please call IAAO at (816) 701-8137, or contact the Maricopa County Assessor's Office, at (602) 506-3406, visit our website at mcassessor.maricopa.gov, or view our Twitter feed @MCAssessor or Facebook @MCAssessor .

View the press release (PDF).

Assessor Petersen Receives NACo 2016 Achievement Award

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Contact: Michael Combrink
Tel: 602.372.9275
Cell Phone: 602.509.8085
Email: CombrinkM@Mail.Maricopa.Gov

Assessor Petersen Receives NACo 2016 Achievement Award

Phoenix - The Maricopa County Assessor's Office's Residential Desktop Recanvassing Program, received a 2016 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The Recanvassing project, known as Assessment Analyst (AA) after the software, is in its third year and is emblematic of Assessor Paul Petersen's use of the latest technology to further the office's mission to provide fair and equitable assessments to Maricopa County property owners.

Staffers, from their desktops, review residential parcels using a defined workflow methodology with several different sources of digital imagery and measurement tools built into the software. This methodology is more efficient, effective, and environmentally sustainable. In addition, it is safer than driving to a neighborhood and trying to measure with a nylon tape the dimensions of homes and other improvements up and down the street. The appraisers in the office can now review a parcel at their desk in 15 minutes time, compared to 45 minutes for them to measure a parcel and its structures in the field, not including travel time to and from the office. As a result of this process, appraisers have increased and reduced square footage to match the structure on the ground, as well as removing and adding component features, such as pools, A/C units, and enclosed garages. In addition, as a part of the constituent service process, we send out an appraiser to physically recheck the parcel for anyone who requests it after their property has been recanvassed.

"I'm excited to receive an Achievement Award for our Residential Desktop Recanvassing Program," relayed Assessor Petersen, "I'm also grateful and proud of our staff here, who have taken this program from inception, to pilot, to a nationally recognized success. We're very humbled, and thankful for the recognition, and the ability to represent Maricopa County on a national level."

For any further inquiries about the Recanvassing Program, or regarding the Assessor's Office, contact (602) 506-3406, visit our website at mcassessor.maricopa.gov, view our twitter feed @MCAssessor or our Facebook page @MCAssessor as well.

View the press release (PDF).

Open Forum Presentation-Tax Year 2017

View the open forum presentation for tax year 2017 Notice of Value (PDF).

Assessor Petersen Releases Tax Year 2017 Valuation Notices

Contact: Michael Combrink
Tel: 602.372.9275
Cell Phone: 602.509.8085
Email: CombrinkM@Mail.Maricopa.Gov

Assessor Petersen Releases Tax Year 2017 Valuation Notices

Phoenix --- On February 19, 2016, the Maricopa County Assessor's Office will send out approximately 1.6 million valuation notices for tax year 2017 to all property owners in Maricopa County. Positive, but modest growth continues four year upward trend in single-family residential properties, with an increase in the median Full Cash Value (FCV), of 4.38 percent. This appreciation brings the median single-family FCV up to approximately $181,300 in Maricopa County.

Single-family residential properties saw the lowest amount of growth out of all property classes except for manufactured housing, which saw a FCV increase of less than one percent. Median values for vacant land increased 9.0 percent, with a median value of $33,700 compared to $30,900 from last year. Apartments had the largest increase out of all classes, with a median value of $164,300, up 11.2 percent from $147,700 in 2016. Median values for commercial grew 10.4 percent, bringing 2016 median value of $429,400 up to $474,050 in 2017. This is the third year of growth in the commercial area, and the second year of 10 percent or higher increases in a row.

"We continue to see a recovery, although a slower one, in the housing market, with a now four year increase in median single-family residential values" said Petersen, "It is worth repeating, however, that for two years in a row we have seen double digit increases in commercial values."

The Maricopa County Assessor's Office strives to serve the taxpayers of the county with accuracy, equity, transparency, and efficiency. The Maricopa County Assessor's Office is in fact run as one of the lowest cost and most efficient assessment offices in the country. For example, the office has returned over $2 million back to the county general fund in the past two years. Some of the exciting things happening at the Assessor's Office include the upgrade of our 1980's computing system to a modern, and effective system built for our 21st century needs, a re-canvassing effort achieved through a desk-top review software program of the county, (a project that is the first of its kind in Maricopa County), and we have increased our online filing and business processes, reducing the need for taxpayers to personally come downtown during the weekday.

For any further inquiries, contact us at the Assessor's Office, (602) 506-3406, visit our website at mcassessor.maricopa.gov, or view our twitter feed @MCAssessor.

View the 2017 Valuation Notices (PDF).