Assessor - City of Old Town

 

The City of Old Town has approved some reorganization and we are adding a full time assessor to our management team.

We are excited to meet any of you that may be looking for a full time position in the assessing profession. 

The Assessor’s Office is staffed with one full time and one part time position.

The City has a great benefits package and competitive pay scales.

If you know anyone that may be interested please share this information with them.

The admin team at the City  of Old Town will place emphasis on hiring the right person to join our team! 

We are serious about giving the right person the opportunity, even if there is a training need to meet the requirements.

Anyone interested in more information may email me directly at troy@old-town.org and I will respond discretely.

Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter to the City Manager’s Assistant at ipehrson@old-town.org

Applications will be accepted until 4pm on Tuesday July 5, 2022.


Position Title: City Assessor

Statement of Duties
Position is responsible for department level management of the Assessing Department, administering
the operations of the office. Responsibilities include maintaining internal revaluation practices by
determining taxable property; valuing residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial, special rights and
interests, personal, and utility property within the municipality; providing staff support to the Board of
Assessment Review; and maintaining records and preparing reports.

Supervision
Incumbent works under the administrative direction of the Asst City Manager & City Manager, and in accordance with
municipal and state policies, regulations, objectives, and statutory laws, specifically Title 36, M.R.S.A.
Incumbent establishes departmental plans and objectives, performance standards and assumes direct
accountability for department results. Incumbent is City authority on assessments and analysis of
assessing issues. Incumbent develops departmental policies, goals, objectives and budgets. Incumbent
coordinates with others as necessary.
Incumbent supervises one part time assessing clerk. Incumbent works outside normal business hours as
needed. Incumbent may be contacted at home or after business hours to respond to an important
situation. Incumbent has access to confidential information in this role and is expected to maintain the
confidentiality.

Job Environment
Position requires the exercise of significant independent judgment and complexity in all aspects of work,
including, but not limited to determination of valuations; preparation of the tax commitment; and
rendering valuation decisions. Incumbent works independently, in accordance with various laws and
regulations which serve as guidelines in the performance of work. Extensive judgment and ingenuity are
required to develop or adapt methods and approaches for accomplishing objectives, or to deal with new
or unusual requirements within the limits of the guidelines or policies. Incumbent is recognized as the
City's authority in interpreting the guidelines, in determining how they should be applied, and in
developing operating policies. Work involves planning and administering the City's assessment system
and recommending improvements.
Errors can result in delay or loss of service, monetary loss, and legal repercussions, with consequences
impacting all municipal functions.
Incumbent has frequent contact with the public, all City Departments, attorneys, surveyors, appraisers,
realtors, and taxpayers. The reason for contacts is to provide or receive information and assistance
regarding valuations, taxes, deed references, maps, data base extracts, location of property, addresses,
form completions, and to respond to inquiries. Contacts are usually made in writing, in person, faxes,
email, and on the telephone.
Position Functions
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustration of the various types of
work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from
the position if work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to, or extension of, the position.

Essential Functions
1.Work with the administrative team on projects as requested, in a manner that contributes to the
success of all City projects/programs.
2. Prepare the annual tax commitment for the City.
3. Plan and administer the assessment system for the City in maintaining current property valuation
through visitation, data collection, and computer analysis.
4. Maintain Trio for Real Estate and Personal Property accounts.
5. Appraise all residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial properties; special rights and
interests; personal property; and public utilities.
6. Maintain and review the maintenance of tax maps, GIS system, property transfers, property record
cards, and other records maintained in the assessment office; change and enter computations and other
data in the computer systems; determine all valuations to be placed on new, renovated, and existing
property based on changing market values.
7. Develop and administer a program for the collection of sales, cost, income, and other economic and
social data affecting property values; prepare appraisal and other reports as necessary.
8. Assist in preparation of City budget, and prepare and administer departmental budget for Assessing.
9. Assist in preparation of Tax Incremental Finance Districts.
10. Assist other City departments with tax related questions and provide any necessary information to
those departments.
11. Maintain a positive relationship with the public and real estate professionals in obtaining information
pertaining to sales and incomes of real estate and businesses.
12. Provide direct staff support to the Board of Assessment Reveiw, posting meetings, maintaining
minutes, preparation of decisions, notification to applicants, and the preparation of necessary
documents and decisions.
13. Performs other duties as assigned by the Assistant City Manager or City Manager.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Physical and Mental Requirements
The incumbent works in a moderately noisy office setting and is exposed to outdoor weather conditions
5% of the time. Incumbent is required to stand, walk, sit, talk or listen/hear, use hands, stoop, kneel,
crouch, or crawl, and reach with hands and arms up to 1/3rd of the time. Incumbent seldom lifts in
excess of 30 pounds. Normal vision is required for reading. Equipment operated includes an automobile,
office machines, and computers.
Education and Experience

A candidate for this position should have a Bachelor's Degree in business, public administration, or
related field, with specialization in property assessment or equivalent experience; and/or three (3) to
five (5) years of responsibility in the appraisal or revaluations field. Licenses and certificates required for
position includes valid driver's license and Certified Maine Assessor (CMA).
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

A candidate for this position should have
● Thorough knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques of real and personal property
assessment
● Considerable knowledge of the charter provisions, ordinances, and general laws governing real
and personal property and statutory exemptions;
● Knowledge of building construction methods and architecture, municipal planning and real estate
laws, municipal zoning and tax policy, and the mechanics of real estate sale and finance;
● Knowledge of the geographic layout of the City;
● Ability to analyze factors which may influence the value of property and to exercise judgment in
determining property values and changes in City structures and properties;
● Ability to plan and organize the maintenance of assessment records to facilitate the preparation
of varied assessment roles (annual tax commitment) and reports
● Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with taxpayers, general public,
and other employees;
● Ability to conduct extensive communication of a detailed and complex nature with taxpayers and
citizens, the business community, and municipal officials and employees. These communications
can be one to one or presentations to large groups;
● Experience in large industrial valuation;
● Experience in Tax Incremental Financing Districts; and
● Experience with CAMA software, TRIO is preferred.





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