Job Title: Tax Assessor
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Job Summary: This is a highly responsible position planning, supervising, organizing, and administering all of the activities and statutory responsibilities of the Tax Assessor’s office. Duties include setting and defending property values for residential, commercial, and industrial, maintaining current data on each parcel assessed, including maps of boundaries, inventories of land, structures, and personal property, property characteristics, and any applicable exemptions. Performing these duties requires collecting and analyzing data; inspecting, valuing, and assessing all real and personal property within the Town for the purposes of preparing and maintaining the grand list.
Supervision Received: Receives direction from the Mayor and Finance Director.
Supervision Exercised: Direct reports include an Assessor Technician and Secretary.
Essential Job Functions:
- Compiles the Grand List with over 13,600 parcels and valuation of taxable property over $3 Billion in New Milford on an ongoing basis.
- Supervises and participates in the valuation of all taxable and tax-exempt real and personal property within the Town for the purposes of establishing and maintaining the Grand list Maintains and updates information concerning land, improvements, motor vehicle and personal property.
- Maintains the accuracy of all parcels and tax maps including maps of boundaries, inventories of land and structures, property characteristics and any applicable exemptions.
- Reviews all Building Permits and Inspects.
- Measures, determines values, and prorates assessments of properties under construction
- Review personal property audits including site visits where appropriate to determine accuracy of information.
- Projects estimated values of proposed residential, commercial and industrial developments.
- Reviews all Deeds filed with the Town Clerk, updating properties as necessary.
- Completes Sales Assessment Ratios for all Real Estate transfers occurring monthly and submits to the State of Connecticut.
- Plans, coordinates, and supervises periodic revaluation according to State Statutes.
- Reviews and authorizes assessment exemptions in accordance with Statutes and local ordinances.
- Plans and coordinates activities to conduct state and local property tax relief programs and provides estimates of state reimbursements and tax revenue reductions attributable thereto.
- Performs research and completes reports requested by the Finance Director and the Mayor.
- Prepares and submits required reports to the Office of Policy and Management and evaluates new legislation for all assessment related issues from the Connecticut General Assembly.
- Researches, prepares, communicates and implements assessment adjustments by the Board of Assessment appeals.
- Assist Town Attorney with court appeals resolving out of value differences.
- Supervises preparation and mailing of assessment notices.
- Prepares the reconciliation of the Grand List with the Tax Collector’s rate book prior to the tax bills being sent out. Changes to elderly exemptions and town credits are processed at this time requiring reconciliation.
- Prepares the department’s operating and capital budgets, authorizes and monitors expenditures.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Demonstrated ability to apply the principals and practices of real and personal property appraisal, valuation and assessment.
- Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply assessment law, assessment methods, and appraisal techniques.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to comply with the statutory provisions applicable to the Assessor’s Office.
- Demonstrated proficiency in personal computed based spreadsheets word processing and database software.
- Demonstrated ability to use GIS Mapping software to efficiently update mapping.
- Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective, cooperative and courteous working relationships with office staff, agencies of the State, the general public, and other departments of the Town.
- Demonstrated exceptional interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills;
- Demonstrated ability to successfully hire staff, supervise others, direct work, manage performance, and establish priorities for staff.
- Demonstrated proficiency in mathematic skills.
Education, Training and Experience:
- Must possess a Certified Connecticut Municipal Assessor (CCMA II) designation which must be maintained throughout employment.
- Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Real Estate or related field with 3 years relevant experience.
- One year field inspection experience.
- 5 years relevant experience in real and personal property valuation for taxation purposes,
- Minimum 3 years Supervisory experience.
- Experience with Tax Assessment software required, CAMA Software, Vision Appraisal, etc.
- May be required to travel within the State of Connecticut. Incumbents are required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license throughout employment.
Send resumes and applications to Greg Bollaro, Director of Personnel, Town of New Milford, 10 Main Street, New Milford, CT 06776. EEO. No fax responses. Closing date for applications: Open until filled.