CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 331
Revised: 03/81, 09/90, 01/12
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 3

PROPERTY APPRAISER 1

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under close supervision, to assist in the description, classification and estimation of the replacement costs of structures; to assist in determining market value appraisals of property for value assessment purposes; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Department of Assessment and Taxation is responsible for the assessment of real and personal property, construction of assessment rolls and the collection, recording and preparation of the board order for distributing of all tax monies within the County. Assessment functions comprise the construction of the assessment roll, maintenance of the reappraisal cycle, maintenance of general assessment records and maintenance of special assessment records. The technical appraisal staff is organized into various sections for the appraisal of urban, rural, personal or commercial property.

Property Appraiser 1 is the entry and training level in this series and assignments are subject to close review while in progress and upon completion. This class is distinguished from the higher level Property Appraiser 2, which independently performs appraisals involving more varied techniques. Initial assignments for the Property Appraiser 1 are under close supervision but as experience is gained and tasks are successfully accomplished, the degree of supervision lessens.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Assists in the appraisal of urban, rural, income producing or personal property for tax assessment purposes; inspects exterior and interior of buildings to determine classification according to established standards and guidelines; examines and takes into consideration the quality of materials, fixtures, equipment and general construction; records factual information and comments on appraisal forms.
  2. Measures buildings and computes total area; prepares scale drawings of the locations of buildings and improvements in relation to property lines; sketches maps to assist in field locations.
  3. Estimates residential construction costs and replacement costs less normal depreciation from appraisals; assists with estimates of residential property by comparison with sales or comparable property.
  4. Visits and interviews owners, contractors, real estate agents and others to obtain data relating to terms and conditions of sales, listings for sale and other indicators of value of real property; explains appraisal/assessment procedures and appraisal conclusions on tax roll values to taxpayers.
  5. Prepares detailed reports on appraisals and the valuation performed.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Some knowledge of: Real estate, real property values and building constructions; mathematics, including basic algebra, geometry and arithmetic; basic statistical concepts and terminology; computers, including relevant office and appraisal software applications; basic principles of economics.

Skill to: Learn appraisal and valuation principles and methods and pertinent legal provisions; learn to make accurate appraisals of a variety of land holdings; learn and apply laws and regulations regarding property taxation; measure and draw sketches of improvements to scale; collect, interpret and evaluate data; keep accurate records and make clear, concise reports; validate conclusions; learn to analyze issues from multiple perspectives and identify alternative solutions; learn to interpret blueprints, maps, sketches, legal property descriptions; learn to prepare reports for appeal purposes and to appear before the Oregon Tax Court and lower level appeal bodies regarding tax assessment petitions; read and interpret various codes concerning revenue and taxation; learn to effectively explain the appraisal process and specific information to taxpayers; effectively operate computer hardware; learn and apply methods and concepts of appraisal software applications; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and departmental staff; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Some duties involve moderately difficult physical activities conducted in the field.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Possession of or the ability to obtain and maintain avalid Oregon State Appraiser Registration.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.

OTHER INFORMATION

The Property Appraiser 1 is part of a promotional career path. Incumbents in the Property Appraiser 1 classification may be promoted to the Property Appraiser 2 classification upon satisfactory completion of an approved training and development plan. Possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities at the higher level must be documented in an approved promotional checklist.