Assessing Issues of Fairness and Equity

(Madison, WI) - Amber Kruk, the Institute for Global Ethics' senior project manager and certified trainer, recently gave a talk to the Midcoast Assessors group in Rockport, Maine. Her talk, "Ethics for Assessment Professionals," was held at the town office, and drew attendees from throughout the region. Kruk focused on how IGE's decision-making process could benefit tax assessors throughout Maine.

“We face problems of equity and fairness every day. It’s the essential issue that assessors deal with, and its application is often exactly like the right verses right dilemmas Amber discussed in her presentation,” one attendee shared. “Amber’s talk put a fresh perspective on these issues and gave me new and relevant ways to think how I approach such situations.”

The discussion centered around the profession's commitment to fairness, which, much like other industries that have long been aided by the IGE process—law, education, politics—often gives rise to challenges in defining what "fair" means, for this group it is hard to balance ethical commitments to local municipalities that often come into conflict with legal ones that they are also committed to by state statutes.

"I thought it was a really productive event," Kruk said afterward. "And it was such a pleasure to connect with a group of professionals who intentionally set-aside time in their schedules to tackle the ethics of their profession. Together we were able to explore the flexibility of IGE’s process by looking at examples of how the Institute’s process fits with much of their day-to-day processes at work."

The Midcoast Assessors group is one of several assessing groups across the State of Maine that provide educational opportunities and a means for promoting good tax assessment administration through the exchange of ideas and information.

About IGE: Founded in 1990 with offices in New York City, Camden, Maine and headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin the Institute for Global Ethics in is an independent, nonsectarian, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to promoting ethical action in a global context (

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