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Cambridge - Minnesota (MN), 55008

Isanti County

Job Description:

Position is to provide fair, accurate and equitable property tax assessments according to state and county guidelines under the direction of the County Assessor. This position is responsible for analyzing, listing, valuing, classifying, monitoring and defending assessments on assigned properties. Most work is performed in the field under potential adverse working conditions. Employees receive a general outline of the work to be performed and are usually free to develop their own sequences and methods within the scope of established policies. Work is performed according to State Statutes and regulations and is reviewed through conferences, written reports and spot-checks of work for accuracy and adherence to policy and regulations. Consequence of error could result in loss of credibility and tax revenue.
The following are illustrative and are not intended to be all inclusive or restrictive.
  • Appraises agricultural, residential, seasonal, exempt and personal property to establish market valuations and determine property tax classifications.
  • Process inspection and call-back reports to ensure all required properties are regularly reviewed in accordance with the law.
  • Assists with testing and developing assessment technology and valuation models; processes schemes for database building, maintenance, and reporting activities.
  • Prepares sales worksheets and maintains comparative cost information to support property assessments.
  • Processes certificates of real estate value and conducts sales verification to validate data and obtain supplemental information; compiles statistical data and identifies trends.
  • Administers and interprets various property tax programs by reviewing applications and following processing guidelines to ensure proper tax treatment.
  • Reviews assessment complaints from the public and governing officials and provides tax estimates upon inquiry; meets with taxpayers to provide information or solicit feedback.
  • Conducts and participates in informational meetings offered to local boards and the public to address annual assessment and law changes.
  • Prepares and defends assessments and represents the Assessor at local and county boards of appeal and equalization; compiles statistical data and identifies trends.
  • Reviews aerial maps using different coverages to identify conditions that are considered in the appraisal property.
  • Assists with Tax Court preparations and presents testimony at hearings.
  • Monitors assessment levels and measurements of assessment uniformity to ensure that acceptable assessment standards are met.
  • Determines whether or not a property is taxable based upon law and the principles of ownership, use, and necessity.
  • Reads, interprets, extracts and utilizes information from transfer of development rights, feedlot permits restriction declarations, zoning ordinances, deeds, mortgages, income tax forms, trust and divorce documents.
  • Processes request for Green Acres tax information by reviewing forms, applying legal requirements, and calculating payback.
  • Physically inspects and measures all buildings, determines size and condition, takes photographs of existing and new real estate and construction and properties being remodeled; entering all information into the computer for calculation by the CAMA programs.
  • Attends work in a regular and timely manner.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or apparent.
Any combination of training and experience providing the following knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of property assessment.
  • Knowledge of construction terminology.
  • Knowledge of construction and land costs.
  • Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures and equipment including operating calculator, computer, and copier.
  • Ability to read and interpret legal descriptions and documents.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of State Statutes and regulations relevant to appraisal of property and tax computation.
  • Knowledge of the topographical and political boundaries of the County.
  • Knowledge of building and land types.
  • Ability to make arithmetical calculations and tabulations with speed and accuracy.
  • Ability to meet and discuss tax problems with the general public and provide them with possible solutions.
  • Ability to prepare written information reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, property owners, governmental officials, and the general public.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to adhere to instructions related to appraisal procedures.
  • Ability to safely operate County owned or personal vehicle to travel to various sites.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Licensed as a Certified Minnesota Assessor (CMA) or obtain a license within 2 years of hire.
  • Possess a valid Minnesota Driver's License (or ability to obtain within 30 days of employment) and reliable vehicle with valid insurance.
  • Experience using a personal computer including Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • One or more years of post-secondary formal preparation/training/education in real estate or similar field.
  • Two – Three years of relevant work experience.
  • Prior experience working in local government.
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

The primary responsibilities for this position will be performed approximately 50% of the time indoors in an office setting and approximately 50% of the time outdoors in the field setting. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to frequently travel to offsite locations and occasional attendance at evening meetings. Will have limited exposure to health hazards and accidents; requires a low level of physical effort and walks over uneven ground while performing assessments. The employee is regularly required to sit, use hands and arms to handle or manipulate office equipment, talk, and hear while in the office setting. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, bend, and crouch in performing daily work in the field setting and may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Position requires traveling in a vehicle while working the field. The noise level is usually moderate.

A fully completed Isanti County Online Application must be received by Human Resources by the closing date and time listed on the posting. Any materials received after the closing date and time will not be considered.

The application will be evaluated in a Training and Experience Assessment worth 100 points. Veterans Preference will be applied in accordance with Minnesota law. A score of 80 or better is necessary to continue in the process. A top group of qualified applicants will be invited to the interview process.

Final appointment is contingent upon the applicant passing a background investigation including a criminal history search. Costs of the background will be paid for by Isanti County.

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