Location: Sebasco Harbor Resort, Sebasco Estates
Time: Registration: 7:30 - 8:30 am
Cost: Varies - see brochure for details
Instructor: Various - see brochure for details
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
7:30 – 8:30 Continental Breakfast (Cornelius Room)
7:30 – 8:30 Registration (Cornelius Room)
8:30 – 9:00 Welcoming Remarks (Main Deck)
9:00 – 9:15 Vendor Presentations (Main Deck)
9:15 – 10:15 “Making Friends through BETE & BETR” (Main Deck)
Kerry Leichtman, Camden and Rockport Tax Assessor /
Caitlin Anderson, Camden and Rockport Assistant Tax Assessor
10:15 – 10:30 Break (Cornelius Room)
10:30 – 12:00 “Happy Wife, Happy Life: Treating your Taxpayers Like Family” (Main Deck)
Rick Mace, York Tax Assessor
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (Cornelius Room)
1:00 – 2:30 “Constitutional Equity, Special Assessments, Poverty Abatements, and Preparing
the Mega-Case” (Main Deck)
N. Joel Moser, Mike Hodgins, Kevin Decker, and Zack Brandwein of Bernstein Shur
2:30 – 2:45 Break (Cornelius Room)
2:45 – 4:30 “Constitutional Equity, Special Assessments, Poverty Abatements, and Preparing
the Mega-Case (cont.)” (Main Deck)
4:30 Best Ball Golf Tournament
5:00 Dinner On Your Own
Thursday, September 7, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 Hot Breakfast (Cornelius Room)
7:30 – 8:00 Registration (Cornelius Room)
8:00 – 10:00 “Assessor Ethics” (Main Deck)
Clifton Guthrie, Chair of Humanities, Professor of Ethics and Humanities, Husson University
8:00 – 10:00 “CEO Training - International Building Code Workshop” (Clipper Room)
Paul Demers, CEO, Town of Kennebunk
10:00 – 10:15 Break (Cornelius Room)
10:15 – 12:00 “Assessor Ethics (cont.)” (Main Deck)
10:15 – 12:00 “International Building Code Workshop (cont.)” (Clipper Room)
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch and MAAO Annual Buisness Meeting (Cornelius Room)
1:30 – 2:45 “How to Complete and Utilize Sales Ratio Studies” (Main Deck)
Dan Robinson, Kennebunk Tax Assessor /
Bill Healey, Lewiston Tax Assessor
1:30 – 2:45 “CEO Training - A Day in the Life of a CEO” (Clipper Room)
Paul Demers, CEO, Town of Kennebunk
2:45 – 3:00 Break (Cornelius Room)
3:00 – 4:30 “How to Complete and Utilize Sales Ratio Studies (cont.)” (Main Deck)
3:00 – 4:30 “CEO Training - A Day in the Life a CEO (cont.)” (Clipper Room)
5:30 - 6:30 Spagetti Dinner
6:30 – 8:30 MAAO Membership Meeting - Listserv Topics (Cushman Cottage)
8:30 – 10:30 Candlepin Bowling (Quarter Deck)
Friday, September 8, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 Hot Breakfast (Cornelius Room) 10:00 – 10:15 Break (Cornelius Room)
7:30 – 8:00 Registration (Cornelius Room) 10:15 – 12:00 “Legislative Update (cont.)” (Main Deck)
8:00 – 10:00 “Legislative Update” (Main Deck) 12:00 Conference Adjourns
Dave Ledew, Maine Revenue Services and Kate Dufour, MMA
Kerry Leichtman has been Rockport’s single assessor since 2010 and Camden’s since 2014. The two towns
agreed to formerly share assessing services in 2015.
Caitlin Anderson is assistant assessor for Camden and Rockport. She also works for Halifax Appraisal (Vern
Ziegler) on Islesboro. Caitlin was previously employed by North Yarmouth as an administrative assistant.
Rick Mace. Prior to starting work in the Town of York, Rick, along with his wife Mary, owned and operated
the local IGA grocery store. After selling their business at the end of 1986, Rick began his employment with the
Town of York’s Recreation Department. He joined the Assessor’s Office in the fall of 1987 as a lister/appraiser
for an in-house revaluation that was going on. Rick became a Certified Maine Assessor in November of 1988.
In 2000, long time assessor Richard Young retired, and he was appointed to take his place. Rick also owns and
operates Lost & Found Antiques and Auction Co. and he has been a licensed Maine auctioneer since 1982.
N. Joel Moser, Esq., M.P.A. is a Shareholder in Bernstein Shur’s Municipal and Governmental Services Practice
Group and chair of the firm’s Property Tax & Valuation Team. An affiliated member of the International and Maine
Chapters of the Association of Assessing Officers, Joel has extensive experience working with municipalities
and private clients on all matters involving local taxation. Towns and cities regularly rely on Joel for counsel
and representation in real and personal property tax matters, including current land use programs, tax collection,
and complex assessment appeals before all levels of local administrative boards, the State Board of Property Tax
Review, and Maine courts, including the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Having counseled clients on well over
a billion dollars in assessed valuation, Joel is passionate about property tax and a professed math nerd. Joel grew
up in Northport and earned his A.B. from Bowdoin College, his M.P.A. from the University of Pennsylvania,
and his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law.
Michael A. Hodgins, Esq. is a Shareholder based in Bernstein Shur’s Augusta office. Mike’s practice for the
past 24 years has been focused on litigation and dispute resolution, with many litigated matters in the construction
trades, which lends itself to advice and counsel to clients leading up to and during construction projects. Since
joining Bernstein Shur in 2000, Mike has also litigated many matters for the firm’s municipal clients, including
land use and ordinance violations, tax abatements—both large and small—and general contract litigation. He
has handled numerous appeals of municipal matters to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, with several oral
arguments before the Court. Mike grew up and still resides in Pittsfield, leaving Maine to attend and graduate
from Dartmouth College, before returning to receive his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in 1993.
Kevin Decker, Esq. is an attorney in Bernstein Shur’s Municipal and Governmental Services Practice Group.
Kevin’s practice includes advising and representing public and private clients on a variety of property tax
matters, from early-stage evaluation of abatement and exemption applications to appeals before local boards of
assessment review and the State Board of Property Tax Review. Kevin also has experience in general municipal
law, including enforcement and ordinance drafting, as well as commercial litigation and energy regulatory compliance.
Before joining Bernstein Shur, Kevin clerked for Judge William J. Kayatta, Jr. of the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the First Circuit. After growing up in Shapleigh, Kevin graduated from Dartmouth College and
the University of Maine School of Law.
Zack Brandwein, Esq., M.P.P., is an attorney in Bernstein Shur’s Municipal and Government Services Practice
Group based in Portland. Zack counsels and represents municipalities on a wide range of issues. He has recent
experience in property tax litigation, general municipal litigation, and public finance. Zack grew up in Carrabassett
Valley, left Maine to attend Occidental College in Los Angeles, returned to Maine to earn his M.P.P. from the
University of Maine, and finally left again to attend the University of Tulsa College of Law. He is very happy
to be back in Maine.
Clifton F. Guthrie, Ph.D. is Chair of Humanities and Professor of Ethics and Humanities at Husson University.
He received his B.A. from Duke University, his M.Div. from Candler School of Theology, and his Ph.D. from
Emory University. He taught for fifteen years in theological education at Emory University and Bangor Theological
Seminary, during which time he published books and articles on practical theology and was a visiting scholar at
Cambridge University’s Psychology and Religion project. In 2007 he joined the faculty at Husson University
where he teaches and writes about ethics, philosophy, moral psychology, and religion. He has lead professional
ethics trainings throughout Maine for social workers, counselors, nurses, and tax assessors.
Paul Demers is the Code Officer for the Town of Kennebunk. Paul currently serves as President of the Maine
Building Offices and Inspectors Association.
Dan Robinson is the Tax Assessor for the Town of Kennebunk. Dan is very involved in Maine Assessing having
served on the Maine Association of Assessing Officers Board for over 10 years.
Bill Healey is the Tax Assessor for the City of Lewiston. Bill currently serves as Vice President and Education
Chair for the Maine Association of Assessing Officers.
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