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Appraiser

Salary: Appraiser I (#0510)

$20.91-$25.52 hourly / $3,636-$4,439 monthly / Range: 5428

Appraiser II (#0511)

$23.80-$29.06 hourly / $4,139-$5,053 monthly / Range: 5688

Appraiser III (#0512)

$26.04-$31.78 hourly / $4,528-$5,528 monthly / Range: 5868

DEFINITION: Under supervision (I), or direction (II/III), performs a variety of skilled work in the appraisal of real and other property for tax assessment purposes; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The Appraiser I is the entry-level class in the flex series. Appraiser II is the journey-level class and incumbents are expected to have gained a working level of knowledge and experience in property appraisal of a specific property type. Appraiser III is the advanced journey-level class and incumbents are expected to perform appraisals on all property types.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: All Levels:

  1. Investigates and gathers data required for determining the market value of personal property, land, and improvements; interprets and applies the California Revenue and Taxation Code, Property Tax Rules, and the State of California Constitution as they apply to chain of title and property valuation; and prepares reports on facts pertinent to the determination of ownership or market value.
  2. Inspects interiors and exteriors of buildings and other structures for property tax assessment and valuation; prepares scale drawings of improvements; explains assessment procedures and determinations of value from assessment records and maps; and determines appraisability of ownership transfers for real property and leasehold interests through chain of title investigation and research.
  3. Investigates and analyzes data in the research of title or in appraisal of land, improvements, and personal property for property tax purposes; and performs appraisals on specific property types which may include commercial, residential, agricultural, and/or research of property ownership records.
  4. Explains chain of title, appraisal procedures, and California Revenue and Tax code sections and rules to taxpayers.
  5. Determines through chain of title investigation and research of recorded and unrecorded title transfer documents for real property and leasehold interests whether changes in ownership will result in appraisal; and prepares and presents assessment appeals.

Appraiser I:

  1. Receives on-the-job training and formal course work in property appraisal; and learns to perform cost, market, and income appraisals.
  2. Learns to interpret and apply the California Revenue and Taxation Code and the State of California Constitution as they apply to property valuation and chain of title.

Appraiser II:

  1. Performs appraisals on a specific property type that may include commercial, residential, or agricultural; and researches and determines chain of title.
  2. Performs cost, market, and income appraisals; calculates areas, interviews owners, contractors, real estate agents, and others regarding building costs and resale values; conducts geometrical measurements of property and improvements; and investigates complex title issues involving legal entities, leasehold interests, and unrecorded documents.

Appraiser III:

  1. Performs appraisals on all types of property including commercial, residential, and agricultural; and researches and determines the most complex chains of title.
  2. Provides training to staff; assigns, reviews, and approves work of less experienced appraisers; performs and assists other appraisers with more difficult appraisals; and confers with County Counsel and the State Board of Equalization to determine appraisability and percentage of ownership change.
  3. Assists in the creation and maintenance of databases.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

Appraiser I:

  1. Possession of a bachelor's degree; or,
  2. four years of experience performing duties equivalent to an Appraiser Aide with the County of Santa Barbara; or,
  3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Note: Applicants for Appraiser I are not required to possess a valid appraiser's certificate at time of application; however, selectees for employment must obtain a temporary appraiser's certificate issued by the California State Board of Equalization upon appointment to the Appraiser I class. As a condition of continued employment, Appraiser I appointees must obtain a valid appraiser's certificate issued by the State Board of Equalization within one year of appointment.

Additional Qualifications: Some positions may require a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Knowledge of: mathematics, including arithmetic and geometry; English grammar and usage; and computer applications, including current word-processing, spreadsheet, and data base programs.

Ability to: learn the factors involved in the valuation and assessment of land, improvements, and personal property; gather and analyze data for appraisal purposes and make appropriate determinations; make accurate calculations; understand and follow rules and instructions; read and interpret procedures, laws and regulations; keep accurate records; draw sketches of improvements to scale; maintain impartiality and objectivity; determine percentages of transferable interests on deeds for tax purposes; understand legal descriptions and complex legal documents; interpret corporate lease agreements and trust documents; investigate facts affecting real property and chain of title; read and interpret blueprints, and property descriptions; accept and promote suggestions, recommendations, and process improvements; accept accountability and responsibility of work product and job performance; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Appraiser II: Possession of valid appraiser's certificate issued by the California State Board of Equalization, with current training units and:

  1. one year of experience appraising real property for tax assessment purposes; or,
  2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Appraiser I with Santa Barbara County; or,
  3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

In addition to the knowledge and abilities listed for I level:
Knowledge of: the California Revenue and Taxation code, laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to the appraisal of taxable properties for assessment purposes; principles and practices of appraising property using cost, market, and income approaches; building construction, including materials, workmanship, cost, and quantities; and actors involved in the valuation of land, improvements, and personal property.

Ability to: gather and analyze data for appraisal purposes using the cost, market, and income approaches to appraisal; analyze complex information; and develop a broad base of knowledge and expertise that may include different types of property and/or multiple areas in the Assessor's office.

Appraiser III: Possession of valid appraiser's certificate issued by the California State Board of Equalization, with current training units and:

  1. three years of experience appraising real property for tax assessment purposes, including residential, commercial, and agricultural property; or,
  2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to an Appraiser II with Santa Barbara County; or,
  3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

In addition to the knowledge and abilities listed for I/II levels:
Knowledge of: all principles and practices of residential, commercial, and agricultural property assessment and chain of title research.

Ability to: apply a broad base of knowledge and expertise that includes different property types and/or multiple areas/functions in the Assessor's office.



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