Under the supervision of the Chief Appraiser, the employee appraises the value of real property throughout the County by recording property details in a thorough manner for ad valorem tax purposes. The employee performs this work in response to a change in the status of the property or as a part of annual reappraisal. The employee spends the majority of the time conducting field work and assists property owners with understanding the appraisal process. The employee may assist the Chief Appraiser with annual and historical ratios, and performs market research and property comparisons to ensure proper valuation of real property in the County.
Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills
ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Real Property Appraisal. Conducts appraisal and reappraisal activities in accordance with the guidelines and procedures established by the Alabama Department of Revenue to ensure the timely and accurate valuation of all real property located within the County.
Drives throughout the County to inspect real property and parcels.
Locates and identifies real property, refers to maps, property indexes, directories and other documents.
Conducts field investigations of property condition, property improvements, and possible mapping errors.
Measures size, shape, square footage, etc.
Measures residential, commercial, industrial, and miscellaneous improvements, to include appendage areas, such as, garages, carports, porches, decks, patios, etc., and determines the decimal adjustment percentage of each appendage.
Prepares property sketches of buildings on properties with no current sketch; updates existing sketches when changes are noted.
Verifies existing sketch of property improvements; updates as required.
Verifies information contained on the property record card (PRC).
Grades the quality of construction type.
Lists the type of interior and exterior materials of all types of property and improvements.
Identifies types and classifications of property and property use.
Photographs parcels, new construction and other improvements.
Calculates approved value of property.
Appraises and establishes value on properties in the County using procedures in the Alabama Appraisal Manual.
Maintains awareness of new construction, remodeling improvements, fires and other losses within the County.
Determines appreciation or depreciation of real property.
Conducts scheduled reappraisal activities on 25% of the County's real property each year.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Research. Conducts market research and compiles market data relating to construction cost and current land values of rural and urban properties.
Gathers, compiles and verifies vacant land sales information obtained from the Probate Office, realtors, bankers, grantor, grantees, auctioneers, appraisers and lenders.
Determines the front foot, square foot, and per acre value of all rural and urban land.
Uses topography maps to determine any adjustments deemed applicable because of changes in elevation.
Uses F.E.M.A. flood maps to determine any adjustments deemed applicable because of flood areas.
Uses zoning maps to determine any effect zoning may have of property values.
Determines and applies any other adjustment that affects land value.
Tests land schedules against actual sales.
Researches deeds, legal records, identifies mapping and appraisal errors.
Compiles various types of sales information.
Reviews MLS data sheets for property and sales information.
Organizes the sales information into numerous categories for comparison and analysis.
Enters all sales information into a computerized sales program.
Stratifies sales information into a format that is usable in determining land and improvement values.
Maintains a continuous hard copy sales information file.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: General Office Operations. Performs other office activities to ensure efficient, high quality services are provided to the citizens of the County.
Assists the Chief Appraiser in the operation of the Appraisal Department and is responsible for its operation in the Chief Appraiser's absence.
Assists with office operations by answering the phone and entering data into the computer system.
Assists taxpayers in understanding the answers to questions that they might have about tax appraisals or mapping.
Generates/retrieves maps for customers.
Locates and retrieves Property Record Cards within the filing system.
Performs routine maintenance on County vehicle.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Minimum qualifications & Requirements
Possess a high school diploma or GED.
Two years of practical experience involving extensive commercial, industrial, apartment, farm, and residential type properties, using all recognized approaches to value.
Prefer at least two years of college-level courses in business administration, accounting taxation, law property valuation or related fields.Training and experience as an appraiser may substitute for college education.
Possess a current and valid driver's license.
Must be 21 years of age or older at time of employment.
Ability to obtain and maintain Alabama Certified Appraiser designation.
Ability to travel to attend meetings and training programs.
Ability to work overtime or non-standard hours as required.
Special consideration will be given for successful completion of courses offered by IAAO, SRA or any other professional appraiser societies.
AUTAUGA COUNTY COMMISSION
Revenue and Reappraisal Office
135 N. Court Street Suite D Prattville, Alabama, 36067