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Douglas County  4520
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ASSESSMENT TECHNICIAN 1
Pay Range GC12

INTRODUCTION

This classification performs and coordinates the valuation and assessment of personal property for preparation and placement on the assessment and tax rolls. Incumbent processes personal property returns, conducts field audits, assesses personal property, computes and depreciates values, defends appraisals at hearings and coordinates staff assisting in personal property section during peak periods. Additionally, this classification provides computer application and peripheral support to the Douglas County Assessors department by installing, on a limited basis, and/or under the guidance of the Information Technology department, hardware/software and peripheral equipment, solving inter-office user operation problems and providing daily support for appraisal and data operations.  Position is global in nature to the Assessor’s office, supporting the administrative needs with high level of knowledge for all or any Oregon Statutes or Rules and works closely administering office policies or procedures.  Works with limited supervision, performing farm/forest support duties, appraisal support, field audits, technical work, support to the Assessor or Assessor’s managers and working in an analytical environment.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES (Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Identify, value and assess personal property.

2. Field audit and value personal property.

3. Compute values based on reported or typical cost and depreciation using guidelines established by department of revenue and the assessor’s department; enter data into Assessor's computer system.

4. Prepare and defend values and assessments at board of Property Tax Appeals, department of revenue and tax court, as needed.

5. Review accounts flagged for tax correction; prepare data entry worksheet and documentation of change.

6. Prepare and maintain records, reports and statistical data.  May include all departments of the Assessor’s Department.

7. Assist the public and other divisions of the assessor's office when requested.

8. Maintain or create peripheral software programs to assist the assessment departments, train and oversee personnel.

9. Assist departmental users in troubleshooting non-network impacting systems (hardware or software or peripheral devices) issues.

10. Remain current on technology developments through staff meetings, technical literature, classes and seminars, etc., working with the County’s Information Technology department when appropriate.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION

Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of property valuation techniques and procedures; considerable knowledge of Oregon Revised Statutes, Administrative Rules and Department of Revenue guidelines, laws, regulations and ordinances relating to property valuation; reasonable knowledge of mathematical practices and principles and statistical analysis; considerable knowledge of record keeping principles. Considerable knowledge of computer operating principles, capabilities, and general uses; considerable knowledge of recommended computer hardware, software and peripheral equipment/software.  Skill in: Performing mathematical computations; operation of office equipment including calculators, cameras, copy machine, microfiche reader and automated equipment and systems; writing clear and concise records, reports, procedure manuals and statistical data.  Diagnosing and correcting computer hardware and software problems; guiding and encouraging computer system users and translating technical instructions into understandable language for users Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written form; perform effectively at appeal hearings; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; make sound judgment in making decisions regarding property values; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; establish and maintain records and reports; work independently and meet established deadlines; defend residential, commercial, personal property, and farm/forest values ; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, property owners, boards, courts, other agency representatives, vendors and the public. 

Education, experience and training: Associate's degree or related field and two years experience in an assessor's office personal property section OR any satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess Oregon driver's license. 

Desirable qualifications: Associate's degree in business administration or a closely related field. 

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION

Work is performed under the general direction of a higher classified technician or manager. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to employee discretion and interpretation. Employee works independently and resolves questions or problems on the basis of past precedent and interpretation of policy or procedural guidelines established by the state. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed to ensure determinations and decisions are made in accordance to state and departmental policies and procedures. 

GUIDELINES 

Work is performed under department policy and procedures; federal, state and county statutes, rules and regulations; assessment principles and practices. Manufacturers catalogs and handbooks, sales and condition information and valuation factor tables are used in applying valuations to personal property. The employee uses initiative, judgment and appraisal valuation and assessment experience to interpret and choose between alternative guidelines.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Regular and consistent attendance is required. Work is performed in the office and in the field and may require bending, climbing, hearing voice conversations, keyboarding, lifting up to 30 pounds, reaching and walking. A reasonable amount of driving may be required.

 
   
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