CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 334
Established: 03/75
Revised: 03/81, 01/12
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 3

PROPERTY APPRAISER, SENIOR

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under general supervision, to perform difficult technical valuation work in the classification and appraisal of real property for value assessment purposes; to assist in the training of subordinate appraisers in the theory and techniques of real property appraisals; 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 collection, recording and preparation of the board order for distributing all tax monies within the County. Assessment functions comprise the construction of assessment rolls, maintenance of the re-appraisal 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, Senior is the advanced working level in the appraisal series and performs appraisals of commercial, industrial, residential, special use, and rural property. These appraisals are typically more complex than those performed by Property Appraisers 1 and 2 by the nature and variety of structures, uses, and appraisal techniques which must be employed. Incumbents serve as lead worker by overseeing appraisal projects or a small number of employees engaged in appraisal work, and in training lower level staff in appraisal techniques. The Appraisal Supervisor has full supervisory responsibility for appraisal staff and projects.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  1. Leads a group of appraisers or appraisal projects; trains and instructs appraisers in proper appraisal practices and procedures; reviews completed work of appraisers; leads assessment projects, including assisting with planning and coordination of projects; annually performs preliminary and final review on a large volume of complex valuation changes such as farm and forest property segregations and mergers; verifies tax code changes with utility companies and validating values; processes valuation tax roll corrections and maximum assessed value (MAV) override calculations.
  2. Examines and reviews commercial, industrial, or complex residential/farm properties and complex improvements for type and quality of construction; visits and interviews owners, contractors, real estate agents and others in investigating sales and listings of properties; gathers data on rentals, leases, and income and estimates value based on actual and potential capitalized earning capacity of the property; computes proper portion of value of improvements to land; reviews land residual for equity with adjacent land.
  3. Oversees farm rent study and qualification and disqualification of farm and forest properties; performs or leads physical inspections of rural and undeveloped land for information related to current use and estimated future development; collects various data including information regarding sales of land; determines current market value and documents basis for decision.
  4. Oversees and ensures quality control of computerized valuation process; reviews quality of new construction house diagram sketches; reviews and ensures quality control of computerized sketches of existing house dimensions.
  5. Communicates, coordinates and may advise the public, other County departments and agencies such as the State of Oregon Department of Forestry regarding appraisal/assessment procedures and regulations; contacts realtors, builders, lending agencies, planning offices and property owners to gather information on factors affecting market values; prepares reports and may appear before the Oregon State Tax Court and lower level appeal bodies regarding tax assessment petitions.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Working knowledge of: Property tax system and adjustments necessary to compute assessed values resulting from corrections or adjustments to real market value; principles, practices and methods of real property appraisal; technical appraisal practices and procedures used in residential, commercial, farm, forest, manufactured housing and land appraisal, pertinent structural, economic, and environmental factors affecting property value; special assessment programs including farm, forest, wildlife habitat, historical, commercial facilities under construction, riparian and open space; construction techniques, blueprints, maps, property descriptions, quality of building materials, equipment, workmanship, and general construction quality and quantity as applied to all classes of building; factors affecting building appreciation and obsolescence; laws, regulations, and court decisions affecting the appraisal of land, buildings, structures and personal property; statistical concepts and terminology; modern principles of real estate, appraisal, land mapping and surveying; digital cameras and computers including relevant office and appraisal software applications; mathematics, including algebra, geometry and arithmetic.

Skill to: Apply appraisal principles , methods and pertinent legal provisions in the appraisal of difficult and varied types of real property; analyze uniformity and consistency throughout the appraisal process; interpret and apply laws, regulations and court decisions affecting the appraisal of land, building, structures, and personal property; read and interpret blueprints, maps, sketches and property descriptions; draw sketches on improvements to scale; keep accurate and detailed records; gather, evaluate, and convey accurate information; effectively explain the appraisal process and specific information to taxpayers; understand computer mass appraisal system components, calculation process and diagram sketching procedure; relate technical appraisal practices and procedures to computer appraisal models to achieve recalculated market values; communicate clearly and concisely in both oral and written presentations on technical matters; prepare and present oral and written reports; analyze and interpret statistical data and make sound recommendations for the guidance of other appraisers; effectively operate computer hardware; understand, execute and apply methods and concepts of complex appraisal software applications; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, departmental staff and other agencies; train, motivate, lead and evaluate the work of others.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Duties are performed in a variety of conditions and settings including sedentary activities in an office environment and 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 would demonstrate possession of the required knowledge and skills.