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Auditor-Appraiser

Salary: Auditor-Appraiser I (#1045)

$23.45-$28.62 hourly / $4,078-$4,978 monthly / Range: 5658

Auditor-Appraiser II (#1046)

$25.39-$31.00 hourly / $4,417-$5,392 monthly / Range: 5818

Auditor-Appraiser III (#1047)

$27.92-$34.08 hourly / $4,856-$5,928 monthly / Range: 6008

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, participates in and performs audits and appraisals of business and personal property and fixtures for tax assessment purposes; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Incumbents of these classes learn and perform increasingly responsible audit-appraisal work. The Auditor-Appraiser I is the trainee level in which incumbents are gaining knowledge and experience. The Auditor-Appraiser II is the journey-level class, working with greater independence and participating in the training of subordinate personnel. The Auditor-Appraiser III is the advanced journey-level class, which is expected to perform all types of audits and appraisals in a proficient and efficient manner, and may supervise subordinate-level staff.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

  1. Performs audits and appraisals of personal property and improvements; inspects and analyzes books, records, ledgers, journals, income tax reports, and other pertinent information to determine market value.
  2. Prepares detailed work sheets and makes physical inspections of property in order to estimate market value by capitalizing income, analyzing market and sales data, and determining replacement cost; appraises improvements, trade fixtures, leased equipment, supplies and expensed assets, heavy construction equipment, boats, airplanes, farm and ranch equipment, and similar items. Computes appraised value and taxable value using computer spreadsheets and database application.
  3. Prepares reports for and presents the Assessor's case before the Assessment Appeals Board.
  4. Explains property tax rules and regulations, and valuation and taxation methods to the public.
  5. Auditor-Appraisers II assist in the training of Auditor-Appraisers I and other staff in the techniques of auditing and appraising business property.
  6. Auditor-Appraisers III are expected to perform all types of audits and appraisals in a proficient and efficient manner and may train, instruct, supervise, and direct trainees and other staff in the techniques of auditing and appraising business property.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

Auditor-Appraiser I:

  1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in any subject that included completion of 6 courses in professional-level accounting; or,
  2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities and includes 6 college-level courses in professional-level accounting.

Auditor-Appraiser II: Possession of a bachelor's degree in any subject that included 6 courses in professional-level accounting, and:

  1. one year of experience auditing business records and appraising property for tax assessment purposes; or,
  2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Auditor-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 and includes 6 college-level courses in professional-level accounting.

Auditor-Appraiser III: Possession of a bachelor's degree in accounting, or license as an accountant issued by the State of California, and:

  1. two years of professional accounting experience in auditing business records and appraising property for tax assessment purposes; or,
  2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Auditor-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 and includes 6 college-level courses in professional-level accounting.

Additional Qualifications: The I, II, and III levels must possess a valid appraiser certificate issued by the State of California or certification as an "Appraiser for Tax Purposes," within twelve months of employment. Levels I, II, and III must possess a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Auditor-Appraiser I:

Knowledge of: general accounting and auditing principles, practices, and methods; accounting systems used in industrial and commercial corporations, partnerships, and individual proprietorships; automated accounting system concepts and audit control; computer spreadsheet, database, and word processing applications.

Ability to: make accurate computations; write accurate and concise reports; understand and explain legal and policy requirements; interpret business records on finance, merchandise, and equipment; follow through on assignments timely; organize assigned workload; use and develop applications in word processing, spreadsheet, and database software; communicate verbally to explain rules and regulations to others; prepare and give public presentations before decision-making bodies; establish effective working relationships; work in a team environment with commitment to quality, customer service, and continuous improvement.

Auditor-Appraiser II: Same as Auditor-Appraiser I, plus:

Knowledge of: State Revenue and Taxation Code; the principles and procedures of real and personal property valuation; office procedures.

Ability to: prepare audit reports; understand and explain legal and policy requirements, auditing and appraisal methods, and determinations; apply appraisal principles to personal property and real estate; interpret business records on finance, merchandise, and equipment; effectively communicate property tax issues; train subordinate-level staff.

Auditor-Appraiser III: Same as Auditor-Appraiser I and II, plus:

Knowledge of: EDP accounting system concepts and audit control; advanced real estate and personal property appraisal methods.

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; work with commercial appraisers on complex total property appraisals; gather pertinent information from multiple sources; train and/or supervise subordinate-level staff.



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