[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of DeWitt 1-23-1995. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Assessor must be a resident of the Town of DeWitt and shall be appointed by the Town Board.
The term of office of the Assessor shall be six (6) years.
The Assessor shall be paid an annual salary.
The Assessor shall meet the minimum qualification standards established for such office by the State Board at the time of appointment.
The Assessor must obtain State Board certification of the basic course of training and education prescribed by the State Board.
In addition to the basic course of training and education, the Assessor shall also complete additional courses in a continuing training and education program prescribed by the State Board.
The Assessor shall have all of the powers and duties conferred upon him by § 33 of the Town Law, the Real Property Tax Law and all other applicable provisions of law.
The Assessor shall be a full-time employee of the Town of DeWitt. He shall be entitled to the same vacation days, sick time, personal time, etc., as any other employee covered by the Employee Handbook. He shall work thirty-seven and five-tenths (37.5) hours per week in a schedule approved by the Supervisor. The Assessor shall maintain a schedule of office hours for public convenience as approved by the Town Board or, if the Board does not act, the Town Supervisor.
The Assessor shall perform the duties required by the State and Town Boards in carrying out the real property revaluation that the Town of DeWitt is participating in. Those duties include, but are not limited to, those enumerated in the letter from the State of New York Division of Equalization and Assessment to Supervisor Fisher dated July 25, 1994, and attached to the job description on file in the Town Clerk's office.
The Assessor is responsible for ensuring that the following steps are completed:
Finalizing the work plan, with LAS assistance, and, if appropriate, submitting it to SDEA's Certification Unit of the Bureau of Valuation Services.
Attending project-related status meetings and training sessions to be scheduled as needed.
Conducting a public information program throughout the project. This includes writing or editing all necessary press releases and assisting the contractor with information meetings about the assessment improvement program.
Participating in prevaluation review of inventory of all parcels in the municipality prior to data mailers being sent.
Providing current inventory (sales and subjects) data files for use in the valuation process. The Assessor and/or contractor is responsible for correcting the information on data files if errors are found during prereview, in final analysis or in response to inventory mailer returns from parcel owners. Correction of data files must be completed prior to valuation.
Requesting, if desired, state advisory appraisals of utility and/or complex industrial property. This request must be made, in writing, to the Bureau of Industrial and Utility Valuation prior to June 1, 1994, using the appropriate form.
Assisting in developing valuation data. The Assessor, with the contractor's assistance, is responsible for analyzing sales, developing unit land values and valuation neighborhoods, adjusting depreciation schedules, calibrating cost tables and developing appropriate components for capitalization rates to be used in commercial valuations.
Assisting the contractor in the development of valuation models and reviewing the valuation models and sales in the field.
Overseeing the review by the contractor of all final value estimates, in the field, for each site, thereby establishing a preliminary value for each parcel of property within the town prior to assessment disclosure processing.
Saving copies of all models, land tables/schedules, neighborhood definitions, cost tables, cost documents (residential and commercial), valuation factor files, income and expense statements, residential comparable sales documents with all field review notes, commercial income and market documents with all field review notes and any other pertinent information used to establish value.
Making appropriate adjustments to parcels with partial exemptions.
Apportioning railroad ceiling and special franchise assessments that are established by the State Board.
Providing all necessary tax rates, tax levy amounts and computer data files reflecting the taxable values used in September 1995 school and January 1996 county/town tax extensions prior to assessment disclosure processing.
Ensuring that the contractor schedules and conducts informal meetings with taxpayers who wish to be heard following the mailing of the assessment disclosure notices. The assessor and/or contractor is responsible for making the necessary data and value corrections, as a result of such meetings, prior to establishment of the 1996 tentative roll.
Establishing an assessment for each parcel on the 1996 tentative roll.
Requesting a special equalization rate based on the tentative assessment roll. The application must be made, in writing, to the Bureau of Equalization Rates no later than thirty (30) days prior to the last date allowed by law for the filing of the final assessment roll. Typically, the final roll is filed on July 1.