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Duties of the Assessor

The assessor is charged with several administrative and statutory duties: however, the primary duty and responsibility is to cause to be assessed all real property within his/her jurisdiction except that which is provided by law.  This would include residential, multi-residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural classes of property.  Real property is revalued every two years, on odd numbered years.  The effective date of the assessment is January 1st of the current year.  The assessor determines a full or partial value of the new construction or improvements depending upon the state of completion as of January 1st.

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 incorporated cities, and a member of each school district within the jurisdiction.  A city with a population of 10,000 or more may elect to have their own assessor.  In cities having an assessor the conference board shall consist of the members of the city council, school board and county board of supervisors.

Assessors are required by law to pass a state examination and complete a continuing education program consisting of 150 hours of formal classroom instruction with 90 hours tested and passing grade of 70% attained.  The latter requirement mush be met in order for the Assessor to be reappointed to the position every six years.

The Conference Board approved the Assessor's budget and after a public hearing acts on adoption of the same.  The Assessor is limited by statue, depending upon the value of the jurisdiction, to a levy limitation for the budget

The assessor does not collect taxes, calculate taxes, or determine tax rate.  The assessor is concerned with VALUE, not taxes.