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Appraisal for AD VALOREM TAXATION Conference 2017

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This program is designed to study in detail the appraisal of communications, energy and transportation properties for Ad Valorem Taxation.  The various indices of value – market, cost and income – and the application of these indices will be considered.  As a rule, these indicators of value are considered for all types of property.


The 47th Annual Public Utilities Conference will be held

Dr. Yoram Bauman

Dr. Yoram Bauman

Sunday July 23rd to Thursday July 27th, 2017
at Wichita State University and the Wichita Marriott Hotel in Wichita, Kansas.


 The 2017 Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Yoram Bauman

The Standup Economist from Seattle Washington



Keep up with Conference information on Twitter

Meet the 2017 Planning Committee

Registration fees:

$395 per person if paid on or before July 1, 2017        $450 if paid after July 1, 2017

$395 for State Representatives

$90 if participating in the Golf Tournament, played Sunday morning, July 23, 2017 at Sand Creek Station in Newton, Kansas.

Your registration fee includes: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, break refreshments, 4 social functions and the 2017 Conference materials.


 Documents to print:

Conference Brochure for 2017

Scholarship Application

Golf Entry form 2017

Sponsorship Opportunities

Conference  Schedule:

Conference Registration will be set up outside the Ballroom at the Marriott and check-in will be available beginning at 3:30 p.m. and will conclude at 6:30 p.m.

The conference begins with a New Comers session on Sunday July 23rd, at 5:00 p.m. in the Atrium, at the Marriott, followed by a Welcome Reception at 6:00 p.m. in the Ballroom at the Marriott

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. each morning and conclude by 4:30 p.m. each evening.

The Advanced courses meet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Tuesday has 3 concurrent sessions during the day.

The Principles classes are on Monday and Tuesday only.  The Principles class joins the Advanced Courses on Wednesday.

There are receptions each evening at 6:00 p.m.

The conference concludes on Thursday, July 27th, with a Round Table discussion, by Industry, that will finish by 11 a.m.

Conference Map – WSU Buildings, Shuttle Schedule and Parking

Cancellation Policy:

Full refunds will be issued up to 2 weeks prior to the conference.  So, if you cancel on or before Friday July 7, you receive a full refund.
If you cancel on or between July 8 and July 22nd, a $100 cancellation fee will be withheld.
No refund will be given if cancelling on or after July 23nd.

Substitutions can be made at any time, for no additional cost.


Casual, warm-weather clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Average temperature in Kansas in July is upper 90’s, often into the 100’s. Tie into the Conference Twitter account to get updates on weather and conference updates.


FREE Shuttle service will be provided from the Marriott and surrounding hotels to and from the WSU campus.  Refer to the Conference map above.


You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations.  Do not hesitate as the Marriott fills up quickly.
Each hotels is responsible for confirmation and billing for their respective properties.

Contact the hotel directly – calling into a Corporate Call Center will not get you the Convention rate on your room. Please mention the WSU Appraisal for Ad Valorem Taxation Conference to receive these special conference rates. The links below go the the properties in Wichita.

Wichita Marriott Hotel,  9100 Corporate Hills Drive, (316) 651-0333  $ 107.00 per night
Marriott rate for Appraisal for Ad Valorem Taxation of Communications

Other hotels near the Marriott

Fairfield Inn  (316) 685-3777    $92.00 per night
Comfort Inn  (316) 686-2844  $89.00 per night
Hampton Inn (316) 686-3576   $120.00 per night
Homewood Suites  (316) 260-8844  $159.00 per night


Scholarships for those attending the 2017 Conference

The Planning Committee for the 47th Annual Wichita Program is offering a limited number of partial scholarships for individuals interested in attending the 2017 Conference.

Conference scholarships will pay the recipients conference fee and lodging.  Scholarship recipients are expected to pay their own travel expenses.   Pat McLeod will make lodging arrangements for you as soon as you send her your travel itinerary.  You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements.  If for some reason you are unable to pay your travel, please note that on your application along with how you can contribute to your trip to Wichita (for example, a flat fee of $$ toward the overall cost).

Deadline for submitting a scholarship application is April 1, 2017.  Recipients will be notified no later than May 1, 2017 of their acceptance or denial.

Complete the  application form and  email to: melissa.donham@wichita.edu or
mail to:  Scholarship Application, c/o Pat McLeod,
Center for Management Development, Wichita State University,
1845 N. Fairmount, Wichita, KS   67260-0086

 Sponsorship’s – Want to be a Sponsor?

A BIG Thank you to our Sponsors from 2016….                             YOU can be a sponsor for 2017……



Would you or your organization be willing to contribute to the Appraisal for Ad Valorem Taxation Scholarship Fund?  The scholarship fund is used to help individuals attend the conference that otherwise would not be able to.

Scholarship Application


IMG_1814In addition, Sponsorships are available for any reception, lunch, breakfast, newcomer session or flat dollar donation.  As a sponsor, your logo would be prominently located and special mention at all sessions.

Check out the Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on how you can help off-set some of the expenses of the conference or contribute to the scholarship fund, please contact Pat McLeod, 316-978-5353 or pat.mcleod@wichita.edu.


Continuing Education Units:

This conference is approved for 20 CEU’s from IPT(Institute for Professionals in Taxation).  To determine if this conference qualifies for CEU’s in your profession in your state, contact the appropriate office to obtain forms and then email them to   Pat.Mcleod@wichita.edu

Instant Information:

PublicUtilities-TwitterJoin the Twitter feed before and during the conference @AppraisalICT to keep up on all the happenings.

Conference Materials:

Conference materials received by CMD will be downloadable from this webpage or if you bring a flash drive, available for downloading at the registration table during the conference.  Because many of the materials are not received until the day of the presentations, they may not be accessible until then.

Materials from the 2016 Conference are available upon request.  A single presentation is $10, or $25 for the entire conference.
Materials archives are available from 1971 through 2016.   Contact Melissa.Donham@wichita.edu to request materials.

Reference Books Available:

There are several reference books available each year at the Conference. If you wanted it and didn’t buy it at the conference we can ship it to you.  Contact Melissa.Donham@wichita.edu to order them.


A Guide to Intangible Asset Valuation (Revised Edition),

written by Robert F. Reilly, CPA & Robert P. Schweihs, ASA – $35 plus $5 for shipping.




Guide to Property Tax Valuation,

written by Robert F. Reilly & Robert P. Schweihs, – $25 plus $5 for shipping.




Property Tax Principles and Practice,

written by Arlo Woolery – $25 plus $5 shipping




The Art of Valuation,

written by Arlo Woolery – $25 plus $5 shipping




Valuation of Railroad and Utility Property,

written by Arlo Woolery, CAE – $15 plus $5 for shipping.




Appraisal of Railroad and Other Public Utility Property for Ad Valoren Tax Purposes (Grey Ghost),

Report of the Committee on Unit Valuations, National Association of Tax Administrators.  $20 plus $5 shipping

A Program co-sponsored by the Committee on Taxation of Energy, Communications and Transportation: and The Center for Management Development, W. Frank Barton School of Business, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

Read about the History of the Workshop here – Wichita Public Utilities Taxation Workshop History

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