Town of Southington
Director of Assessment & Revenue
POSITION: Director of Assessment & Revenue
CLOSING DATE: March 30, 2018
SALARY RATE: $105,909 (Supervisorsí Union) GRADE:
UNION: UPSEU Local 424-11
HOURS: 35 hours, Monday-Friday
FLSA: Non - Exempt
REPORTS TO: Town Manager
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:
Under general direction of the Town Manager, directs and participates in a continuing program of assessing real and personal property in the Town for purposes of taxation, as prescribed by Statute, and supervises the collection of those real and personal property taxes and other Town revenues by the Deputy Tax Collector. Acts as the Assessor & Tax Collector in duties outlined by the Connecticut General Statutes and Town Charter, including the signing of the Grand List. Plans and directs an annual tax billing and collection strategy.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Formulates and prescribes policies, work methods, and procedures for subordinates in the listing and appraisal of taxable real and personal property, the collection of property tax, and other revenues.
Supervises the Assessment and Collection staff.
Evaluates current collection practices and data processing arrangements and prepares procedural or administrative changes.
Provides for public access to public records in a timely and efficient manner.
Plans, supervises, and participates in the inspection and re-inspection of real and personal property and in the recording and evaluating of data for assessment purposes.
Supervises the maintenance of property maps and records relating to the ownership, sale, and value of land and improvements, with coordination oversight for GIS processes.
Analyzes sales data, changes in land and street patterns, improvements to buildings, and other factors for purpose of revaluing real property.
Confers with property owners, accountants, attorneys, and others regarding values and makes recommendations for the abatement of taxes when justified.
Coordinates Assessment and Collection public information, promotional releases, tax billing, and assessment notification schedules.
Responsible for preparation and approval of the annual Grand List within established state guidelines and timetables. Reviews claims for exemptions for conformance to state statutes.
Prepares annual operating budget, annual report, and other required documents for the departments of Assessments and Tax Collection.
ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Appears in Court on the Town's behalf in assessment/value or collection cases.
May prepare estimates of property values for use by Town staff in the process of Town real estate transactions.
Performs other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, ABILITY, AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:
Experience in estimating real and personal property values for assessment purposes.
Knowledge in modern theories, principles, methods and techniques for the collection and recording and the handling of cash.
Understanding and knowledge of laws governing the valuation, assessment, exemption of real and personal property, and with collection of the taxes related to such values.
Knowledge of local property values and construction costs.
Ability to make technical computations and to draw land sketches; obtain and analyze data affecting property value and to make impartial and consistent estimates based on such data.
Ability to schedule, assign, and supervise the work of subordinates; deal effectively and tactfully with the public, town, state, and federal officials; ability to express oneself clearly, both orally and in writing.
Considerable knowledge of computer techniques and their applications in valuation, assessment administration, and collection administration.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL EFFORT/ENVIRONMENTAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
Must be mobile, able to push/pull/lift objects of less than 20 pounds, and able to sit for prolonged periods. Ability to perform moderately difficult manipulative skills and skills which require hand-eye coordination, such as keyboard skills or using a calculator.
Must be able to see objects closely, as in typing a report; hear normal sounds with some background noise, distinguish voice patterns, and communicate through human speech using the English language, as in answering a telephone or giving a report.
Ability to get along with co-workers, supervisors, customers and the public at large.
Must be able to concentrate on fine detail with constant interruption, attend to task for 60 minutes or more, remember multiple tasks given to self and others over long periods, and understand the theories behind several related concepts. May be exposed to: dust, electro-magnetic radiation, as in computer screens.
Bachelor's Degree in Business, Accounting, Finance, Public Administration, or related field and six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in real and personal property assessment or tax collection, including four (4) years supervising a major assessment or collection function; or,
Associate's Degree or equivalent in related field and seven (7) years' experience in real and personal property assessment or tax collection including five (5) years supervising a major assessment function or collection.
Suitable experience may be substituted for educational attainment if deemed appropriate by the Town Manager or his designee.
Certified Connecticut Municipal Assessor II certification required at time of appointment. .
Connecticut Municipal Collection certification preferred or ability to become certified as a Connecticut Municipal Collector within four (4) years of appointment.
Must have a valid, active Motor Vehicle Operatorís License.
THE ABOVE DESCRIPTION IS ILLUSTRATIVE. IT IS INTENDED AS A GUIDE FOR PERSONNEL ACTIONS AND MUST NOT BE TAKEN AS A COMPLETE ITEMIZATION OF ALL FACETS OF ANY JOB.