CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 332
Revised: 03/81, 09/90, 01/12
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 3

PROPERTY APPRAISER 2

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under supervision, to describe, classify and estimate the replacement cost of structures; to obtain and analyze sales data; to determine 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 assessment rolls, 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 2 is the full working level in the series which performs appraisals of property in a prescribed manner. This class is distinguished from the higher level class of Senior Appraiser which performs more complex appraisals involving more varied techniques and judgmental discretion. It also differs from the lower level Property Appraiser 1 which is the entry level in the series and whose work assignments are subject to close review.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Appraises urban, rural, personal or income producing properties for tax assessment purposes; inspects interiors and exteriors of structures to determine classification according to established standards and guidelines; records factual information and comments on appraisal forms by comparison with improvements of similar quality, size, shape, condition and age; records complete descriptions of improvements.
  2. Collects and/or reviews sales information for similar property; determines market value and segregates improvement value on land residuals; lists personal property subject to taxation; classifies farmland by location, topography, soil productivity and other pertinent factors.
  3. Contacts realtors, builders, lending institutions, planning offices and property owners to obtain information on factors which may affect market values.
  4. Inspects structures which have been improved by, for example, additions, swimming pools or patios; inspects, draws value conclusions and completes appraisals on structures affected by fire, structural damage or deferred maintenance.
  5. Visits and interviews owners, contractors, real estate agents and others to obtain data related to terms and conditions of sales, listings for sale and other indicators of real property value.
  6. Answers taxpayers' questions about specific appraisals and the appraisal/assessment process; hears complaints, explains appraisals conclusions on tax roll values.
  7. Prepares reports for appeal purposes and may appear before the Oregon Tax Court and lower level appeal bodies regarding tax assessment petitions.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Working knowledge of: Modern principles of property appraising; methods and practices used in making estimates of structural costs and improvements and accrued depreciations; building constructions, including cost of materials and workmanship necessary for appraised value of property; terminology and methods used in valuation appraisal of property; principles of land economics; preparation and the use of recorded instruments such as deeds, mortgages and contracts; land mapping and surveying; basic statistical concepts and terminology; computers, including relevant office and appraisal software applications; mathematics, including basic algebra, geometry and arithmetic. Some positions may require specific knowledge of materials, equipment, and terminology used in specialized property appraisals.

Skill to: Apply appraisal principles, methods and pertinent legal provisions; apply laws and regulations regarding property taxation; interpret and evaluate data; apply statistical techniques to property appraisal; read and interpret blueprints, maps, sketches, and property descriptions; read and interpret various laws and codes concerning revenue and taxation; draw sketches of improvements to scale; make accurate appraisals of a variety of land holdings, including farm buildings, urban properties and industrial properties; keep accurate records and make clear and concise reports ; gather, evaluate and convey information; effectively explain the appraisal process and specific information to taxpayers; select appropriate method of valuation and validate conclusions; analyze issues from multiple perspectives; identify alternative solutions and recommend appropriate action; effectively operate computer hardware; understand, execute 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

Duties include moderately difficult physical activities conducted in the field.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Possession of or the ability to obtain and maintain valid 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 2 is part of a promotional career path. Incumbents in the Property Appraiser 1 classification may be promoted to the Property Appraiser 2 classification upon successful 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.