Town of Stratford

Job Title: Property Appraiser

Salary: $70,200 to $87,700 (Grade 13)

Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Application Deadline: Open until Filled

Details:

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Provides technical and administrative assistance to the Assessor in the valuation of real and personal property; performs field investigations and processes information for compiling of the Town Grand List and related taxable property information; Continually reviews building permits for new structures and modifications to existing structures. Enters retrieved data including additions, changes and corrections into the CAMA and Administrative systems. Provides the public and other departments with various assessment information. Access data from computer system as necessary. Assists in explaining and processing various tax benefit programs to the public. Performs map changes. Performs related duties as assigned.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

Works under general supervision of the Assessor

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

  • Discovers and lists real and personal property
  • Establishes priorities within work assignment
  • Performs lead work in preparation of data and maintenance of assessment cards, files and other documents
  • Revises records relating to taxpayers addresses and property ownership as needed
  • Enters and retrieves assessment information in an electronic filing system by computer terminal
  • Performs field investigations and inspections as assigned
  • Measures and lists real property components including buildings and site improvements.
  • Handles all aspects of the building permit process from data entry to inspection
  • Completes sketches, electronic or otherwise, of real property components
  • Collects, reviews and updates data relating to property values
  • Tabulates information gathered with accuracy
  • Performs sales verifications
  • Prepares special reports and summaries such as sales ratios, etc. as needed
  • Performs technical review of personal property declarations as needed
  • Prices motor vehicles for assessment valuations
  • Assists with income exemption programs, and elderly tax relief programs as needed.
  • Prepares statistical and narrative reports for submission to State and Federal Government as needed
  • Follow up on inquiries by property owners relating to data errors.
  • Assists in maintaining accurate map and land records
  • Lends assistance as required in all aspects of the work of assessing and record keeping
  • Assists taxpayers in the explanation of assessment information, processes, and procedures
  • Performs a reasonable number of field inspections as determined by the Assessor with a minimum expectation of 12 –15 and a maximum of 25-30 per day (dependent on weather and management approval).
  • Assists taxpayers, municipal, and non-municipal personnel as required in the accessibility of public information
  • Collects and analyzes real property income and expense records
  • Assists the assessor with the preparation of the grand list
  • All other duties as assigned / Performs related work as required

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Thorough knowledge of a specialized field such as property assessment administration, which includes real and personal property assessments
  • Thorough knowledge of State of Connecticut Assessment Laws pertaining to assessment
  • Thorough knowledge of property assessment/appraisal principles and practices
  • Thorough knowledge of property assessment laws, regulations and ordinances
  • Thorough knowledge of commercial and Industrial valuation
  • Thorough knowledge of computer assisted mass appraisal systems
  • Thorough knowledge of personal property assessment/appraisal principles and practices
  • Thorough knowledge and skills of information technology as applied to a municipal assessment operation
  • Thorough ability in oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to complete work assignments within deadlines
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with superiors, associates, property owners and the general public
  • Knowledge of basic USPAP Standards and appraisal practices

QUALIFICATIONS:

The skills and knowledge required would generally be acquired with an Associate Degree in Business, Accounting, or some closely related field; and two (2) years of increasingly responsible experience in real and personal property appraisal work and municipal assessment or a high school degree with four (4) years off increasingly responsible experience. Relevant work experience in real and personal property appraisal work may be substituted for the above-mentioned college education on a year basis. Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of property valuation and assessment.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Valid Connecticut driver’s license.
  • Ability to acquire the Certified Connecticut Municipal Assessor’s designation within four (4) years from date of hire or must be a Connecticut licensed Real Estate Appraiser.
  • May be required to travel short distances on business.

Applications can be found at www.townofstratford.com/humanresources and should be submitted to the following:
Town of Stratford
Human Resources Department
Stratford Town Hall
2725 Main Street, Stratford, CT 06615

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