About the Assessor
Assessors are appointed to their position by a Conference Board consisting of the members of the Board of Supervisors, the Mayors of all the cities, and a member of each school district within the jurisdiction.
Assessors are required by law to pass a state examination and complete continuing education programs consisting of 150 hours of formal classroom instruction with 90 hours tested and a passing grade of 70% attained. The latter requirement must be met in order for the Assessor to be reappointed to the position every six years.
The Conference Board approves the Assessor’s budget and after a public hearing acts on adoption of the same. The Assessor is limited, by statute, depending upon the value of jurisdiction, to a levy limitation for the budget.
Duties Of The Assessor
The Assessor is charged with several administrative and statutory duties.
The primary duty and responsibility is to assess all real property within the Assessor’s jurisdiction except that which is otherwise provided by law. This would include residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural classes of property.
Real property is revalued every two years.
The effective date of the assessment is January first of each year.
The Assessor determines a full or partial value for all new construction and improvements depending upon their state of completion as of that January first date.
General Misconceptions About the Assessor's Duties
The Assessor does not:
- Collect Taxes
- Calculate Taxes
- Determine Tax Rates
- Set Policy for the Board of Review
The Assessor is concerned with the value, not taxes.
Taxing jurisdictions such as schools, cities and county, adopt budgets after public hearings.
This determines the tax levy, which is the rate of taxation required to raise the money budgeted.
The taxes you pay are proportional to the value of your property compared to the total value of the property in your taxing district.