Working for Benton County is so much more than a job. It is a chance to make a local difference - in your own life and the lives of the people around you.
Perfectly placed in the Willamette Valley, ninety miles south of Portland and forty miles north of Eugene, Benton County has easy access to urban areas with ample opportunities for cultural and major sporting events. Combined with unmatched outdoor recreation, County residents like to say they "have it all". With the Cascade Range, eighty miles to the East, and the Pacific Ocean fifty miles to the West – going out for a day at the beach, fishing, hunting, cycling or hiking is all within reach – Benton County truly offers something for everyone.
The Appraiser 3 provides technical expertise by appraising residential, commercial, special assessment, farm & forest, industrial properties to determine market value for assessment of property taxes. This classification is distinguished from the Property Appraiser 2 by the level of independence and the high level of difficult or complex appraisals as well as processing complex segregation/merges. At the Appraiser 3 level, work is based on considerable appraisal and assessment knowledge and the ability to independent appraise difficult properties with little guidance.
Appraise complex residential, commercial, farm and forest special assessment, industrial and exempt properties, independently plan work, and coordinate activities with the County's Appraisal Plan. Conduct field inspection of properties and analyze corporate and personal financial data as well as market data to develop valuation indicators. Prepare comprehensive narrative reports based on analysis of data collected, detailing the steps taken to arrive at income, market, and cost indicators of value, and the rationale behind the reconciliation of these indicators into a final determination of real market value. Process and audit industrial property returns and reappraise industrial real property as necessary.
MFA: Research and Data Collection Analysis/Reports and Documentation Essential Duties:
Researches and compiles sales data, rental/lease information, and other pertinent appraisal facts form owners, agents, tenants, dealers, manufacturers, and associated parties; researches and analyzes sales information on residential, multifamily, farm/forest, commercial, and industrial structures, machinery/equipment and related items, land and small tracts sales and other appraisal data for use in sales, studies and for use in market value appraisals.
Compiles data and answers questions regarding wildlife habitats, conservation easements, farm use, forest land, and small tract options.
Analyze zoning regulations and land use restrictions; ascertains the availability of utilities; determines ingress and egress, topography, shape, and other pertinent data on land sites.
Survey tenants and building owners to determine rental and expense information.
Analyzes income and expense information to determine market rent and capitalization rates.
Makes value estimates using complex income, market, and/or cost approaches, where applicable; correlates land value estimates with indicated values of the improvements to arrive at an estimated market value of the property.
Confers with property owners or their representatives regarding assessed values and related assessment issues; explains rights and procedures.
MFA: Appeals and Other Essential Duties:
Develop testimony and litigation strategy to testify as an expert witness at Department of Revenue Hearings, Boar of Property Tax Appeals, Magistrate Court, and Regular Division Tax Court Appeals. Prepares narrative appraisal reports for and testify at Board of Property Tax Appeals, Department of Revenue, and Tax Court hearings. Compute, calculate and interpret valuation and acreage changes in Real Property due to complex segregations, combinations, partitions, and lot line adjustments for all Benton County tax accounts/properties.
MFA: Public Relations and Customer Service Essential Duties:
Explain Oregon property tax laws and appraisal techniques to taxpayers. Inspect and evaluate property to resolve assessment conflicts between taxpayers and the County Assessor's Office. Answer questions and resolve problems relating to administration of Oregon property tax law.
MFA: Continuing Education and Training Essential Duties:
An Appraiser 3 must maintain State required Appraisal Registration by successfully completing 30 hours of formal continuing education, approved by the Department of Revenue, annually. An Appraiser 3 spends time cross-training, mentoring, and explaining complex processes to others on a one-on-one basis.
MFA: County Set-up Procedures Essential Duties:
Conduct studies to develop annual benchmarks for market standards of site development costs and rental rates/occupancy for farm/forest and commercial/industrial properties.
And other duties as assigned.
Associate's degree or two-year technical degree in real estate or a related field
5 years of related professional experience
Possess and maintain a valid Oregon Driver's License and good driving record.
Must be a Registered Appraiser through the State of Oregon per ORS 308.010.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Extensive knowledge of principles and practices of property appraisal, real estate and zoning regulations, assessors maps, property descriptions, and measurement. Knowledge of deeds, contracts, and conveyances. Extensive knowledge of construction principles, architectural design and blue print reading. Ability to read and interpret maps and aerial photos. Understand and perform complex mathematical calculations. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted. This position requires driving and may require use of a personal vehicle.
Must have physical ability to perform field inspections of various types and on uneven or difficult terrain. Must be willing and able to drive throughout Benton County often in rural areas and work outside in adverse weather. Must be comfortable going to various properties throughout the county and communicating with property owners.
Additional Salary Information: Benton County offers a choice of a premium shared PPO plan or premium paid Consumer Driven Health Plan with health savings account (County contribution); dental; vision; group life; LTD; fully-paid employer and employee contribution to Oregon PERS retirement plan; paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave; and a great work-life balance!
Internal Number: 18-026
About Benton County (OR)
About our Community:
Benton County is one of the top three healthiest counties in Oregon, according to the County Health Rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. With a population of 85,000, Benton County provides outdoor recreation galore and ample opportunities for cultural activities. It is nestled in the mid-Willamette Valley wine country, and 90 miles from Portland and a short drive to the ocean or the mountains. Corvallis is the county seat and home to Oregon State University. It is a unique college city of 54,000 people and offers university town amenities, shopping, restaurants and cultural opportunities of a large metropolis with a cozy small-town lifestyle. Corvallis has a diversity of living choice, from agriculture acreage to serene valley settings and woodlands of the Coast Range.