Job Title: Commercial/Industrial Property Appraiser
Department: Assessor
Status: Full-time, Regular with benefits
FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
Grade: 13
Hourly rate: $26.54
Updated: July 18, 2023

Purpose of Class
Performs professional and technical duties related to the appraisal of improved and unimproved commercial properties, ranging from small commercial properties to complex multi-national/international corporations, to determine market value for ad-valorem tax purposes; performs related work as required. This position will also be responsible to oversee Business Personal Property.

Primary Function
The principal function of an employee in this class is to conduct highly technical appraisals and reappraisals of improved and unimproved urban and rural commercial/industrial properties. The work requires field inspection of property and/or structures, which may result in stressful situations and contacts with business owners and managers. A commercial/industrial appraiser must demonstrate tact and diplomacy in such situations. The work is performed under the supervision of the Chief Deputy. The nature of the work requires the employee to be detail oriented and sensitive to mandated deadlines. Discretion is required in the handling of confidential business financial statements. The principle duties of this class are performed in a general office environment and in the field, including exposure to adverse weather conditions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (will vary by assignment)

Plans and organizes field appraisal and reappraisal programs, determines project priorities, establishes project guidelines and procedures.

• Presents testimony to Board of Equalization, appeals hearings, and related review proceedings;

• Performs detailed and technical appraisal and reappraisal of unimproved and improved urban and rural commercial/industrial properties.

• Records appraisal information on standardized report forms and in the computer;

• Answers questions of staff and property owners related to the valuation and assessment of property;

• Interviews persons familiar with property, collects income and expense information, takes measurements, and makes sketches of the same;

• Inspects property for the type and quality of construction, condition, and functional design;

• Compiles data according to accepted appraisal practices to determine fair market value;

• Prepares property diagrams, calculates square footage, and inputs inventory data on computer;

• Maintains current files and records of property sales within County to monitor trends of impending changes in market values;

• Travels through designated areas being alert to new construction and land development;

• Researches building permit records, sales, leases, and plat maps and contacts owner to arrange appraisals;

• Prepares documentation, processes paperwork and performs computer data entry, conducts audits to assure accuracy of records;

• Develops and provides statistical analysis and ratio studies;

• Prepares and presents reports;

• Responds, researches, and resolves public inquiries, requests for information, and complaints;

• Responds to citizens' questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;

• Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with County policies, procedures and safety practices.

Other Duties and Responsibilities
Remains current on required certification by attending courses, workshops, and training seminars;
• Performs other related duties as required.

Competency Requirements
Knowledge of:
• Principles, approaches, practices, techniques, tools, terminology, and objectives of property appraisal;
• Current Idaho code; State Tax Commission regulations, standards, and requirements; and County policies, procedures, and ordinances related to property appraisal;
• Current construction methods, techniques, materials, and practices;
• Operation of standard office equipment and a personal computer;
• Knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
• Income Market Cost Approach.
Ability to:
• Visually inspect, observe, and document physical details of property to arrive at an accurate and equitable appraisal;
• Apply appropriate methods of valuation;
• Make mathematical calculations to determine percentages, volumes, areas, and other related calculations;
• Make judgment decisions required for the appraisal process;
• Interpret cost manuals used in appraisal of personal and real property;
• Read legal descriptions, deeds, plat books, maps and blueprints;
• Operate tools and equipment such as calculator, camera, measuring devices, and related required tools;
• Operate a motor vehicle;
• Work under varying and extreme weather conditions;
• Work independently and handle a variety of public interactions or situations with tact and diplomacy;
• Read, interpret, and apply laws, resolutions, ordinances, codes, and contracts;
• Operate standard office equipment, including a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties;
• Prepare statistical reports and records;
• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, supervisory personnel, state and local elected and appointed officials, and the public;
• Respond to citizen requests in a courteous manner;
• Make sound and reasonable decisions following laws, ordinances, regulations, and established procedures;
• Perform a variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.

Acceptable Experience and Training
• High school diploma or GED equivalency is required and college courses preferred; or
• At least 2 years of appraisal experience; or
• Any equivalent combination of experience and training providing the knowledge and abilities to perform the work.
• Residential appraisal experience required (IAAO Certified)

Other Requirements
• Idaho property appraisal certification is required; Commercial Experience Preferred.
• Successful completion of Appraisal Courses 1 and 2 and two additional commercial courses approved by International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO)
• Idaho driver's license is required.
• Must have the ability to acknowledge and correct errors.

Essential Physical Abilities
• Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instruction and communicate effectively in person and by telephone;
• Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written instructions and observe, inspect, and appraise real and personal property;
• Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate standard office equipment, including computer equipment, and operate a motor vehicle;
• Sufficient personal mobility, strength, agility, and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to conduct field inspections, often driving or walking through rural or unimproved property, and work in an office environment.

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