The chief appraiser coordinates and implements the goals and objectives established by Board policy, provisions of the Property Tax Code, and other applicable laws and rules. The chief appraiser's responsibilities include numerous statutory responsibilities related to the development of appraisal rolls and for the administration of the appraisal office.
- Appraising all taxable property at market value, except as otherwise provided by law.
- Determining eligibility for exemptions.
- Determining eligibility for special appraisal and establishing both a market and special value on qualified property.
- Studying property values and sales to determine prevailing market prices.
- Creating appraisal records – appraisal cards, tax maps, property identification system, lists, forms applications and other items.
- Creating procedures for equitable and uniform taxation.
- Sending notices of appraised value.
- Determining whether property qualified for agricultural, or timber appraisal has undergone a change of use and sending a notice of change of use to the owner.
- Submitting complete appraisal records of all property to the Appraisal Review Board.
- Testifying before the Appraisal Review Board on proposed values or exemptions and other actions taken by the chief appraiser or designating a staff member to do so.
- Contracting, with the approval of the Board of Directors, with private appraisal firms, if appropriate.
- Presenting supplemental records and other items for Appraisal Review Board consideration.
- Correcting records as ordered by the Appraisal Review Board.
- Certifying an appraisal roll and other listings to each taxing unit participating in the appraisal District.
- Issuing permits for “going out of business sales” and sending notices of such sale to other entities.
- Appointing an agricultural advisory Board, with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors.
- Perform other legal responsibilities or duties assigned by the Board of Directors.
Additionally, the chief appraiser is assigned duties by the Board of Directors necessary for conduct of Board duties and implementation of Board policy. The chief appraiser shall:
- Establish a comprehensive program for the conduct of all appraisal activities and keep the Board informed on the progress of appraisal
- Develop and implement sound administrative procedures for conduct of all District functions.
- Develop and implement an effective financial management system and provide reports to the Board to allow evaluation of the District's
- Develop and implement an effective internal budget development system and prepare a proposed budget by June 15 of each year.
- Serve as the District's spokesperson in providing information to news media, taxing units, and the general public on the operations of the appraisal District and provisions of the property tax laws.
- Prepare the agenda for each Board meeting, attend all meetings, and provide staff recommendations for all appropriate Board actions.
- In consultation with the appraisal District legal counsel, provide recommendations on litigation matters for Board action.
- Develop and implement a personnel management system for job assignments, personnel evaluations, staff hiring, and other personnel related matters.
- Employ and compensate professional, clerical, and other personnel as provided by the budget.
- College degree or equivalent experience plus ten years management experience.
- Must hold Registered Professional Appraiser (RPA) designation with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation or hold one of the following designations:
- Appraisal Institute’s MAI
- International Association of Assessing Officer’s (IAAO) Assessment Administration Specialist (AAS)
- Certified Assessment Evaluator (CAE)
- Residential Evaluation Specialist (RES).
- Individuals who are not an RPA but who have an MAI, AAS, CAE, or RES designation must obtain an RPA certification within five years of appointment or start.
- Ability to complete chief appraiser training within one year of assuming position.
Sitting, standing, kneeling, bending, reaching, twisting upper body, carrying, pushing and lifting up to 30 lbs. in the office.