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Personal Property Appraiser I

Newton County Board of Commissioners

Listing Summary

Purpose of Classification:

The purpose of this classification is to identify and appraise personal property for the purpose of assessing taxes. Incumbents in this classification focus on the collection of data and routine appraisals.

Essential Functions:

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Assists in compiling the annual personal property digest; discovering and cataloging new personal property accounts; printing and mailing annual personal property returns; reviewing returns and supplemental schedules; determining taxability; appraising and entering values in computer; notifing taxpayers through assessment notices of any changes in values; processing and defending appeals; performing research of unreturned personal property accounts; determining inactive accounts and rolling previous value to current value for active accounts.

Assists with gathering data for the annual mobile home digest; cataloging mobile homes to include annual inspections; appraising mobile homes utilizing mobile home valuation schedule with adjustments determined by sales ratio study; processing and defending mobile home appeals.

Assists in responding to taxpayer inquiries concerning aircraft, boats, businesses, and mobile homes.

Assists in the review of Annual Applications for Freeport Inventory.

Assists property owners, tax representatives, and the general public with routine tax-related matters: and provides information and answers questions regarding appraisal methodology and appeals process; assists with the interpretation and explanation of state and local laws pertaining to personal property appraisal and assessment.

Operates a personal computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data, utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, Internet, e-mail, or other software; and operates general office or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions.

Communicates with supervisor, other County employees, outside agencies, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.

Additional Functions:

Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or GED is required, supplemented by vocational or technical training in property appraisal preferred; supplemented by one year of experience in property appraisal; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Specific License or Certification Required:  Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license. Must have the ability to obtain and maintain an Appraiser I certification.

Specific Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities: Must have a basic knowledge of personal property appraisal practices and techniques and a basic understanding of accounting principles. Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in performance of the essential functions and learn, comprehend, and apply all County or departmental policies, practices, and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position.

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