Tax Appraiser III


Tax Assessors Office

Close Date:


[X] PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT          [X] COUNTY EMPLOYEES                   

ANNOUNCEMENT DATES:   March 26, 2019 – Until Filled

POSITION TITLE:     Tax Appraiser, III

# OF POSITIONS:     1                         GRADE:  19

SALARY RANGE:     $41,662.40 ($20.03/hr)

SUPERVISOR/DEPARTMENT:  James Moore, Chief Appraiser



The purpose of this classification is to perform supervisory and specialized administrative/ technical work functions associated with the appraisal of real property for assessment purposes.


Bachelor’s degree in Real Estate, Business Administration, Economics, or related field required; five years of experience in real property appraisal, personal property appraisal, or a related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.  Supervisory experience preferred.  Must posses and maintain valid Appraiser III certification (or higher level).  Must complete forty hours of prescribed continuing education in the field every two years.  Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia Driver’s License.


Attached is a copy of the job description.  Please review it thoroughly. Applications are available online at Houston County Personnel in the County Annex Building, 200 Carl Vinson Parkway, Warner Robins and at the Houston County Public Works Department, 2018 Kings Chapel Road, Perry. Completed applications must be received prior to the end of the announcement date in order to be considered. Applications and inquiries should be directed to the Personnel Department in Warner Robins or call 478-542-2005.   As a last step prior to being employed, all applicants will be required to pass a drug test and a criminal background check. The drug test and background check will be administered by a physician/agency selected by the Board of Commissioners.



The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

Supervises the work activities of assigned staff; organizes projects; assigns and evaluates work; provides training and guidance in proper appraisal techniques, methods and procedures.

Assists in planning, organizing, and directing the appraisal of real property.

Performs appraisals of residential land and improvements; performs appraisals of rural land and agricultural improvements to determine fair market value.

Assists in developing methods and procedures to assure comparable appraisal values.

Interprets and applies state and local laws pertaining to property appraisal and assessment.

Locates and identifies real property, referring to various maps, property indexes, directories and other documents.

Conducts field appraisals of property; measures property size, shape, square footage, etc.; collects data relative to number of rooms, type of construction, age, and other conditions effecting values; records data; prepares property sketches; makes calculations and applies such data to appraisals of specific buildings.

Prepares detailed property record cards for use in calculating appraised values.

Collects data relative to land valuations and applies such data in appraising specific parcels of land.

Researches market sales and construction costs to derive at replacement cost on residential and agricultural improvements and advises the Chief Appraiser of their findings.

Appraises fair market value of taxable residential and agricultural properties.                    

Reviews various records and documentation in association with determining appraised values; researches public records of sales, leases, assessments and other transactions to verify sales data; maintains equalization of comparative properties; verifies ownership for proper classification of property; interprets statistical data.

Identifies other factors impacting value of existing properties (e.g., remodeling, new features, changes in classification, etc.); takes such factors into consideration in determining appraised values.

Maintains sales ratio data; analyzes sales information.

Researches sales of all types of property to determine whether values are in line with similar properties.

Values new parcels of land (e.g., new subdivisions, parcel splits, map changes).

Appraises map changes for residential/agricultural and commercial or industrial when required.

Analyzes and finalizes values for assessment notices.

Reads and interprets blueprints, floorplans, maps, plats, etc.

Defends appraisal values to Board of Assessors, Board of Equalization Arbitration or Superior Court; performs extensive research and calculations on fair market value and uniformity.

Performs data entry functions by keying data into computer system; retrieves, reviews or modifies data in computer database; generates computerized reports.

Processes a variety of documentation associated with departmental operations, per established procedures and within designated time frames; distributes documentation or maintains records as appropriate.

Compiles and/or tracks various administrative and/or statistical data pertaining to departmental operations; performs basic research as needed; makes applicable calculations; prepares or generates reports; maintains records.

Prepares routine correspondence, forms, reports, spreadsheets, and other documents manually or via computer and/or typewriter.

Receives various documentation; reviews, processes, responds, forwards, maintains, and/or takes other action as appropriate.

Communicates with property owners to provide information/education, resolve problems, etc.; assists public with information requests on property ownership, value, legal description, purchase price, and date of purchase.

Coordinates effective communications by initiating outgoing communications, responding to incoming communications, and relaying information between the department and other departments, outside agencies, and the general public.

Answers the telephone; provides information; takes and relays messages and/or directs calls to appropriate personnel; returns calls as necessary.

Responds to routine requests for information or assistance from members of the staff, the public, or other individuals.

Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge and awareness of applicable laws and regulations; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate.


Operates/maintains a motor vehicle in performing inspection activities.

Assists in mapping property lines, parcel splits and acreage on maps.

Assists in developing pricing of rural land schedule.

Copies and distributes correspondence, memoranda, reports, and other related materials.

Initiates/receives facsimile transmission of documents via facsimile machine.

Prepares departmental files; maintains file system of departmental records.

Assists other departments or positions as needed.

Performs other related duties as required.


Knowledge of real estate appraisal principles and practices for assessment purposes; knowledge of state laws, charter provisions, and municipal ordinances relating to real property assessment; knowledge of general construction practices and of building and land values; knowledge of departmental functions, organization, and policies; knowledge of the principles of supervision; knowledge of standard office practices and procedures; knowledge of standard office equipment; and knowledge of basic computer applications and techniques.

Skill in performing real property appraisals; skill in operating standard office equipment; skill in utilizing various computer software programs relevant to the position; and skill in operating a motor vehicle.

Ability to read and interpret maps, land surveys, plats, blueprints, building construction plans and specifications, and legal documents; ability to analyze factors which tend to influence the value of property; ability to exercise judgment in the determination of property values; ability to understand departmental policies, procedures, rules and regulations; ability to effectively supervise staff in assigned area; ability to organize work activities and establish priorities; ability to carry out projects with minimal supervision; ability to identify/locate sources of information and conduct research; ability to gather and compile data for reports; ability to write clear and concise reports; ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the general public; ability to effectively interact with taxpayers in situations requiring courtesy and tact; ability to perform required mathematical calculations; ability to operate standard office equipment; ability to utilize various computer software programs relevant to the position; ability to operate a motor vehicle; and ability to walk, climb, crouch, or otherwise physically maneuver in buildings and on construction sites during property site inspections.



PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must be able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including a motor vehicle, computer, printer, typewriter, copy machine, blueprint/map copier, facsimile machine, microfiche copier, camera, calculator and telephone.  Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for medium work.

DATA COMPREHENSION:  Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things which may include forms, reports, maps, blueprints, aerial photographs, land surveys, plats, legal documents, valuation schedules, and reference materials.

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION:  Requires the ability to speak with and/or signal people to convey or exchange legal, personnel, real estate, and property appraisal/assessment information, including giving assignments and/or directions to co-workers or assistants as well as communicating with the general public.

LANGUAGE ABILITY:  Requires ability to read a variety of legal, personnel, real estate, and property appraisal/assessment documentation, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures.  Requires the ability to complete forms and to write job related documentation and reports with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech.  Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control, and confidence using correct English and well-modulated voice.

INTELLIGENCE:  Requires the ability to learn and understand complex property appraisal principles and techniques; to understand departmental policies and procedures; to make independent judgments in absence of supervision; and to acquire and be able to expound on knowledge of topics related to primary occupation.

VERBAL APTITUDE:  Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, and to follow verbal and written instructions.

NUMERICAL APTITUDE:  Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add and subtract totals; multiply and divide totals; determine percentages; determine time and weight; and interpret statistical data.

FORM/SPATIAL APTITUDE:  Requires the ability to visually inspect items for proper length, width, and shape using job related equipment which may include a planimeter, measuring tape, rule/scale, and camera.

MOTOR COORDINATION:  Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using job related equipment and to operate motor vehicles.

MANUAL DEXTERITY:  Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, job related equipment, control knobs, switches, etc.  Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting motion or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities.  Must have average levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

COLOR DIFFERENTIATION:  Requires the ability to discern color.

INTERPERSONAL TEMPERAMENT:  Requires the ability to deal with and relate to people beyond giving and receiving instructions.  Must be able to adapt to and perform under minimal stress when confronted with an emergency.

PHYSICAL COMMUNICATION:  Requires the ability to talk, express, or exchange ideas by means of spoken words and/or hear and perceive nature of sounds by ear.