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Douglas County  4550
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Pay Range GC17


All classifications within this four-level series perform duties supporting valuation appraisal of real property at a fair and accurate market value for the assessment of ad valorem taxes in accordance with the laws of Oregon. This classification is journey-level in the property appraiser series and performs appraisals of urban, rural, personal or commercial property to establish a fair and accurate value upon which taxes will be assessed. Incumbents perform valuation of property through data collection and analysis, update assessment information and prepare and defend appraisals which are appealed. This classification may assist in training and reviewing work of lower classifications and/or new appraisers.

This classification is distinguished by the independent performance of appraisal and initiative and judgment used in applying the principles and practices of property appraisal. Typically, work assignment areas are residential property appraisals, basic commercial and basic industrial property appraisals, property exemptions and/or assist in special assessments.


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

Reappraisal Cycle. Valuation of a given portion of the County through data collected and analyzed.

1. Prepare maps and aerial photos; inspect, verify and analyze sales for assigned appraisal area.

2. Prepare pre-appraisal studies such as time trend analysis, local cost modifier, depreciation schedules, market benchmarks, basic unit land values, base adjustment factors, etc.

3. Physically inspect buildings and land to determine market value; observe construction type and quality to classify buildings and assign appropriate costs; observe physical, functional and economic factors and apply appropriate accrued depreciation.

4. Enter data into the department automated system.

Maintenance Cycle. County-wide check for changes made to property which affect the valuation of property.

1. Compile all building permits, computer printouts, notes and accounts for assigned area.

2. Field inspect properties adjusting values for new construction, segregation, removal of buildings, damage, depreciation, etc.

3. Conduct special studies and prepare reports as requested.

4. Enter value changes into the department automated system.

5. Respond to requests for value reviews and complaints; explain appraisal process; revalue properties judged inequitable.


Prepare for and defend appraisals in the capacity of an expert witness at board of property tax appeals, department of revenue, board of ratio review, small claims court and tax courts.


Revalue properties divided or consolidated.


Process property exemption applications and supporting documentation; review for continued compliance.

Special Assessments

Assist in special assessment programs; evaluate applications, designated forest land plans and proof of income; assist in identifying areas of non-compliance; send out questionnaires; inform public of statutory requirements.

General Duties

1. Interpret appraisal facts to the public and explain procedures of appraisal and assessment.

2. Prepare and maintain appraisals, records, reports and statistical data as required by departmental policy, federal, state, county and local laws, regulations and ordinances.

3. Attend appropriate continuing education courses/ workshops.

4. Assist in training and reviewing work of lower classifications and/or new appraisers.


Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of theories, principles, practices and techniques of property appraisal including property description and measurement, building construction practices, materials and costs and appeal procedures; reasonable knowledge of Oregon Revised Statutes and Department of Revenue guidelines, laws, rules, regulations and ordinances relating to appraisal; reasonable knowledge of local zoning/planning regulations as related to property values; reasonable knowledge of special assessment programs such as farm use and designated forest land; reasonable knowledge of exemption programs. Skill in: Performing mathematical and statistical calculations; operation of office equipment including calculator, camera, copy machine, microfiche reader, automated equipment and systems; reading aerial photos and maps; use of reference manuals for valuation purposes; writing clear and concise records, appeal responses, reports and statistical data. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written form; perform research; 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; gather and analyze sales data and compile into meaningful reports; establish and maintain records and statistical data; understand and interpret deeds, legal property descriptions and maps; work independently; efficiently manage time to meet deadlines; prepare and present reports; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, property owners, boards, courts, real estate and title companies, fee appraisers, other agency representatives, businesses, professionals and the public.

Education, experience and training: Must meet the State of Oregon requirements to be certified as a Property Appraiser 1 (ORS 308.010) and have one year experience in an assessor's office as a property appraiser OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training. At the time of appointment, must possess and maintain a valid Oregon driver's license.


This classification works with supervision from an appraiser in a higher classification. Work is assigned orally or in writing and incumbent is responsible for completing day to day work within established deadlines. Employee estimates time and materials and manages time efficiently. Employee uses initiative and judgment in completing routine assignments and interpretation of general administrative or operational policies and procedures is sometimes necessary. Significant deviations require prior approval. Work is spot checked for completeness, accuracy and conformance to policy and procedure. Office meetings and periodic field trips allow for review of field work. Supervisor is available when unusual problems or circumstances arise.


Work is performed within department policy and procedures; federal, state and county statutes, rules regulations and ordinances; department of revenue guidelines, cost factor manuals; appraisal principles and practices and various reference manuals. Guidelines applied with final value determined by appraiser using education, experience and sound judgment in applying physical, functional and economic adjustments.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in the office and in the field and may require bending, climbing, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, lifting up to 30 pounds, walking rough terrain, pushing, pulling and reaching. Work performed in the field is in an environment which involves everyday risks and discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A considerable amount of driving is required.

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