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JOB TITLE: City Assessor                                                               EXEMPT



Under the general direction of the City Manager, directs and participates in the inventory, classification, and valuation of real and personal property within the City of Saline to ensure that all property is fairly and equally assessed among all taxpayers as required by law and prescribed schedules and standards. Prepares property value records and determines neighborhood economic factors.



An employee in this position is required to perform the following essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.  These examples are not an exhaustive list of the duties which the employee may be expected to perform.

  1. Inspects and appraises all categories of commercial, industrial, residential and personal property.  Performs accounting and auditing procedures relating to assessments; performs on-site inspections of real property including measuring buildings and taking photographs.
  1. Performs year-end personal property canvas, making site visits of each commercial and industrial parcel and construction sites.  Performs on-site inspections of personal property; audits financial records; verifies personal property reports and audits industrial and commercial property records.
  1. Maintains property record cards, descriptions, and maps. Prepares and certifies the Ad Valorem, Special Acts and special assessment rolls for presentations to the Board of Review and City Council.
  1. Conducts the March, July and December Boards of Review.  Produces required reports, filing with the proper local, county and state authorities.
  1. Processes and maintains records including transfer documents (deeds), Property Transfer Affidavits, Principal Residence Exemptions and Rescinds. Reviews and processes Denials of Principal Residence Exemptions as needed.
  1. Coordinates appraisal reviews and appeals before the Board of Review, the State Tax Commission and the Michigan Tax Tribunal. Testifies at hearings to present data documenting and substantiating assessments.
  1. Conducts and maintains a current economic analysis of the marketplace and develops capitalization rates.
  1. Reviews County Equalization studies and meets with Equalization personnel as necessary.  Coordinates and acts as liaison with County Equalization Department and State Tax Commission regarding assessment procedures, tax laws, and property descriptions.
  1. Directs the preparation and mailing of annual assessment change notifications to property owners.  Organizes annual Board of Review meetings and attends meetings as secretary; directs preparation of the official minutes.
  1. Speaks to community groups and individuals, explaining assessment laws and practices. Answers technical questions from the general public.  Attends city council meetings and various board and commission meetings as requested by the city manager.
  1. Oversees and performs administrative functions of the department such as developing and managing the departmental budget and recommending purchases and vendors selected. Plans and organizes assignments, trains and evaluates performance of the Assistant Assessor. Selects, orients, and trains seasonal and casual personnel for department, as needed.
  1. Responsible for reviewing, granting and maintenance of records for Land Division requests and other property description changes. 
  1. Prepares for the City Clerk a list of owner names and addresses of properties within the 300 foot range for public hearing requirements and provides other lists and reports as requested.
  1. Review and process all Exemptions requests, including: Poverty Exemptions and Disabled Veteran’s Exemptions.
  1. Performs related work as required.



The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum qualifications, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.

Education:  An Associate’s degree, or the equivalent. Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Knowledge/Experience:  Three to five years of municipal property appraisal experience, or the equivalent. Working knowledge and understanding of related state and local property tax laws.  Detailed knowledge of office practices and procedures, and BSA and APEX software.  Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, peers, supervisors and the general public. Ability to supervise a staff.

Special Requirements:

  • MAAO/3 certification by the State Tax Commission.
  • Personal Property Examiner Certification.
  • Valid Michigan Vehicle Operator’s License.


The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. 

An employee in this position spends a substantial amount of their time in an office setting with a controlled climate where they sit and work on a computer for extended periods of time or move around the office to complete administrative duties.  As well, an employee in this position may spend a considerable amount of time working in the field which requires the employee to drive to and access sites that are subject to appraisal and review.  This may include sites that require the employee to traverse uneven ground, and access construction sites and equipment.  An employee in this position must have the strength, stamina and physical coordination needed to access the work sites described above.  The employee may be required to perform job duties in varying types of outdoor weather conditions, including extreme heat and severe cold weather.