- Appraisal Specialist
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is specialized professional work in the State Tax Commission involving the original assessment of distributable property held by public utilities, railroads, freight line companies, airlines and related entities.
An employee in this class is responsible for making original determinations of property tax valuation for centrally assessed entities. Work involves collecting, reviewing and evaluating financial data and performing complex calculations to determine the valuation of distributable property not covered at the county level. Work also involves conducting equity studies and other special studies of complex assessment issues; developing and recommending rules and regulations pertaining to central assessment; and providing technical assistance to county assessors and industry representatives. General supervision is received from a designated administrative superior; however, the employee exercises significant initiative and independent judgment within established policies and procedures.
Reviews and evaluates financial data submitted by public utilities, railroads, freight line companies, airlines and related entities.
Performs complex calculations to make original determinations of valuation for distributable property held by centrally assessed entities.
Conducts equity studies to determine the rate of return for use in applying the income approach to valuing property.
Designs forms and composes instructions for the collection of property tax data from centrally assessed entities.
Develops and recommends new and revised rules and regulations regarding original assessment procedures.
Provides technical advice and assistance to county assessors, industry representatives and colleagues in the interpretation and application of property tax laws and regulations.
Provides testimony and makes recommendations to the State Tax Commission in informal and formal appeal hearings regarding assessed valuation.
Conducts special studies of complex assessment issues as directed by the State Tax Commission.
Performs other related work as assigned.
(The following entrance requirements are used to admit or reject applicants for merit system examinations, or may be used to evaluate applicants for employment in positions not requiring selection from merit system registers. When applicable, equivalent substitution will be allowed for deficiencies in experience or education.)
Four years of professional experience in finance, auditing, accounting or economics, of which one year must have been in property taxation or utility regulation; and graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with specialization in finance, accounting, economics, business or public administration or closely related areas. (Graduate work in the specified educational areas may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to two years of the stated general experience.)
Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Extensive knowledge of auditing techniques, principles of accounting and financial theory.
Thorough knowledge of property tax laws and regulations.
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of appraisal techniques, including cost, market and income approaches to valuing property.
Considerable knowledge of public utility operations and regulations.
Ability to interpret complex financial and statistical reports.
Ability to make complex calculations.
Ability to prepare and provide testimony associated with Commission hearings.
Ability to analyze and make independent decisions in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
Ability to interpret, explain and apply statutes, regulations and policies pertaining to property tax assessment.
Ability to communicate effectively and to prepare clear and concise reports.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with industry representatives, county assessors, co-workers and the general public.
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