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Wadena County
Wadena, Minnesota, United States
4 days ago

Description

Position Details

The Appraiser - Records Specialist is responsible to support the functions and staff of the Wadena County Assessor’s Department by classifying property utilizing multiple applications, answering phone calls, customer service and generating and submitting reports to the MN Department of Revenue by statutory deadlines.

    Property Assessment Duties and Responsibilities

  • Views and physically inspects properties, records data, estimates land values and reviews or determines the use classification.
  • Responds to questions or concerns of property owners involving valuation of their property, its classification, or eligibility for taxation programs.
  • Meets with taxpayers to settle disputes and advise them on subsequent steps in the appeal process.
  • Schedules appointments for re-evaluation purposes.
  • Locates and identifies all taxable property in assigned assessment areas, researches property ownership, interprets and draws out legal descriptions.
  • Establishes the depreciation of all structures by giving consideration to all factors affecting the value of the property.
  • Measures and provides detailed descriptions of all structures including photographs and sketches.
  • Determines land acreages, breakdowns and valuation for assigned properties.
  • Analyzes, verifies and researches sales data as reported on CREV's, and performs sales ratio studies.
  • Recalculates property value that has been split or combined with other property which includes determining present and future value, class changes, and multi-property groupings to calculate taxes.
  • Analyzes legal descriptions and aerial photos of property in order to correctly divide it and determine appropriate classification.
  • Makes all necessary splits in value as a result of a sale or transfer of property.
  • Reviews and approves or denies homesteads, green acres, managed forest, veteran and regular disability status.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists taxpayers, in person and via telephone, by answering questions and resolving problems regarding assessments, tax programs, tax computations and legal descriptions of property.
  • Manages multiple special programs (Special Ag, Veteran Disability, Green Acres, Homestead, Exempt, Managed Forest, 4C Non-Profit) as directed by the Department of Revenue.
  • Responsible for ensuring all special mailings and public notices are processed timely and verifying with other government agencies that the data is correct.
  • Maintains accurate list of all property transfers.
  • Secures all applications including social security numbers and/or income information.
  • Distributes, processes, files and enters eCRV's and prepares report for the Department of Revenue.
  • Enters, maintains and updates the sales ratio program.
  • Distributes splits and combinations to assessor staff and assists in entering the new data and verifying that data is correct.
  • Maintains mobile home data and files to ensure proper taxpayer receives notices and maintains value and classification files for proper tax calculation.
  • Prepares forms and notices for Local and County Boards of Review and reports all changes to the Department of Revenue.
  • Orders office supplies.
  • Maintains MP listing to ensure proper taxation.
  • Attends training/educational sessions, meetings and seminars.
  • Maintains current knowledge of the Minnesota property tax system, laws, regulations, policies, assessment cycle and forms concerning property assessment and tax calculations.

While these are the primary focus of the position, we believe strongly in teamwork and employees will be called upon to perform a variety of duties as part of their role with the County.

Position Requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to acquire knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of property appraisals
  • Ability to acquire knowledge of Minnesota property tax system, laws, regulations, policies, assessment cycle and forms
  • Knowledge of principles of mathematics and descriptive statistics
  • Knowledge of construction principles and methods
  • Skill in reading and interpretation of blueprints, legal descriptions and maps
  • Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures and equipment.
  • Knowledge, or ability to acquire knowledge, of the Minnesota property tax system, laws, regulations, policies, assessment cycle and forms concerning property assessment and tax calculation.
  • Knowledge of principles of mathematics.
  • Skill in recording and maintaining records accurately.
  • Skill operating computers and relevant software
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and interpersonal skills as applied to interactions with staff, property owners and the general
  • Ability to administer operating rules and procedures under management guidance.
  • Ability to perform work involving many complex and significant variables, requiring analytical ability and inductive thinking in adapting policies, procedures and methods to fit unusual and complex situations
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of internal and external contacts to achieve organizational objectives

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent; and
  • One year relevant work experience.
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Ability to acquire Certified Minnesota Assessor (CMA) within 2 years and a Accredited Minnesota Assessor (AMA) License within 5 years being the present timeframe prescribed by the Minnesota State Board of Assessors
  • Valid Minnesota Driver’s License and auto insurance or evidence of mobility 

Equipment and Tools

  • Office equipment and technology
  • County Vehicle

Physical and Mental Requirements

This job typically requires: sitting, standing, walking, feeling, manual dexterity, grasping, talking, hearing, typing, and seeing. There is prolonged exposure to computer keyboards and video screens. This position is generally light-duty and may require the exertion up to 20 pounds of force.

The physical demands described here are representative to those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

Work is performed in an office environment and in the field. Exposure to aggressive animals, hostile property owners, inclement weather, temperature extremes, uneven terrain and construction sites, insects and plants. Travel is required to other facilities, agencies, meetings and training.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative to those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Competencies Common to All County Positions

  • Develop, maintain a thorough working knowledge of, and comply with all departmental and applicable County policies and
  • Demonstration by personal example the spirit of service, excellence, and integrity expected from all
  • Develop respectful and cooperative working relationships with co-workers, including willing assistance to newer staff so job responsibilities can be performed with confidence as quickly as
  • Confer regularly with and keep immediate supervisor informed of all important matters which pertain to the applicable job functions and
  • Represent Wadena County in a professional manner to the public, outside contacts and constituencies.

How to Apply:

Applications may be picked up at the Wadena County Courthouse, Human Resources Office. First round of Applications for Employment are due Friday, November 12th, 2021 by 4:00 p.m., and may be emailed or mailed to: Human Resources, 415 Jefferson Street S, Suite 224, Wadena MN 56482. (218)631-7651. Position open until filled.

Wadena County is an Equal Opportunity Employer



Job Information

  • Job ID: 59356987
  • Location:
    Wadena, Minnesota, United States
  • Position Title: Appraiser Trainee - Records Specialist
  • Company Name: Wadena County
  • Job Function: County Appraiser
  • Entry Level: Yes
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: H.S. Diploma/Equivalent
  • Salary: $17.91 - $24.42 (Hourly Wage)

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