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Appraise real and personal property to determine its fair value. May assess taxes in accordance with prescribed schedules.

    Work Activities
    • Inspect new construction and major improvements to existing structures to determine values.
    • Determine taxability and value of properties, using methods such as field inspection, structural measurement, calculation, sales analysis, market trend studies, and income and expense analysis.
    • Prepare and maintain current data on each parcel assessed, including maps of boundaries, inventories of land and structures, property characteristics, and any applicable exemptions.
    • Explain assessed values to property owners and defend appealed assessments at public hearings.
    • Identify the ownership of each piece of taxable property.
    • Calculate tax bills for properties by multiplying assessed values by jurisdiction tax rates.
    • Inspect properties, considering factors such as market value, location, and building or replacement costs to determine appraisal value.
    • Approve applications for property tax exemptions or deductions.
    • Complete and maintain assessment rolls that show the assessed values and status of all property in a municipality.
    • Review information about transfers of property to ensure its accuracy, checking basic information on buyers, sellers, and sales prices and making corrections as necessary.
    • Write and submit appraisal and tax reports for public record.
    • Explain real and personal property taxes to property owners.
    • Conduct regular reviews of property within jurisdictions to determine changes in property due to construction or demolition.
    • Issue notices of assessments and taxes.
    • Establish uniform and equitable systems for assessing all classes and kinds of property.
    • Serve on assessment review boards.
    • Supervise staff members.
    • Analyze trends in sales prices, construction costs, and rents, to assess property values or determine the accuracy of assessments.
    • Assist in the training of new staff.
    • Maintain familiarity with aspects of local real estate markets.
    • Provide sales analyses to be used for equalization of school aid.
    • Hire staff members.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge
    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Clerical

      Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $56,370/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $27.10/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 2,250
    • Yearly Projected Openings 200
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    Tools
    • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
    • Notebook computers
    • Laser measuring systems
    • Electronic charts or maps or atlases
    • Desktop computers
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Map creation software
    • Financial analysis software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.