(Exempt – Villages)

(Non-Competitive – Towns)




This is professional work in the valuation for assessment of real property for tax purposes and the preparation of an annual assessment roll. Work is performed under the general supervision of the municipal legislator or the appointing authority. Supervision is exercised over the work of appraisal and clerical staff. Advisory service is available from the County Director of Real Property Tax Services and the New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services. This is an appointed position. Does related work as required.




Annually values and/or reevaluates the value of each parcel of real property.


Utilizes and maintains current tax maps and appraisal cards.


Attends all hearings of the Board of Assessment Review; makes changes in assessments in accordance with law as directed by this Board.


Appoints and trains an acting Assessor to perform as needed.


Attends the public examination of the tentative assessment roll at times prescribed by law.


Receives complaints filed and transmits them to the Board of Assessment Review.


Prepares reports of assessment activities as required by the appointing authority or the New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services.


Provides school districts within the assessing unit, a copy of the current pertinent portion of the assessment roll.


Supervises and trains appraisal staff members in the technique of appraisal and assessment.


Reviews and makes determinations with respect to applications for tax exemption.


May seek county advisory services in determining values of certain parcels.




Thorough knowledge of making an appraisal of types of real property which are regularly sold.


Thorough knowledge of the theory, principles and practices of real property valuation and assessment.


Thorough knowledge of residential and commercial building construction methods, materials and their costs.


Thorough knowledge of the laws governing valuation and assessment.





Thorough knowledge of deeds and related property records.


Ability to make and review arithmetic computations with speed and accuracy.


Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, municipal officials and the Assessment Review Board.


Ability to plan and supervise the work of others.


Tact, courtesy and integrity.




  1. The minimum qualification standards for appointed assessors are as follows:


(1) (i) graduation from high school, or possession of an accredited high school equivalency diploma; and

(ii) two years of satisfactory full-time paid experience in an occupation involving the valuation of real property, such as assessor, appraiser, valuation data manager, real property appraisal aide or the like. Such experience shall be deemed satisfactory if it is demonstrated that the experience primarily was gained in the performance of one or more of the following tasks: collection and recording of property inventory data, preparation of comparable sales analysis reports, preparation of signed valuation or appraisal estimates or reports using cost, income or market data approaches to value. Mere listing of real property for potential sale, or preparation of asking prices for real estate for potential sale, using multiple listing reports or other published asking prices is not qualifying experience; or,


(2) graduation from an accredited two-year college and one year of the experience described in subparagraph(1)(ii) of this subdivision; or


(3) graduation from an accredited four-year college and six months of the experience described in subparagraph (1)(ii) of this subdivision or graduation from an accredited four-year college and a written commitment from the county director that the county will provide training in assessment administration, approved by ORPTS, within a six-month period; or,


(4) certification by ORPTS as a candidate for assessor.


(b) In evaluating the experience described in subparagraph (1)(ii) of subdivision (a), the following conditions shall apply:


(i) if the assessor has been previously certified by ORPTS as a State certified assessor pursuant to section 8188-2.1 of this Subpart while serving as an elected assessor, such certification is equivalent to one year of the experience described in subparagraph (1)(ii) of subdivision (a) if it has not expired;


(ii) for the purpose of crediting full-time paid experience, a minimum of 30-hour per week shall be deemed as full-time employment;


(iii) three years of part-time paid experience as sole assessor or as chairman of the board of assessors shall be credited as one year of full-time paid experience, and five years of part-time paid experience as a member of a board of assessors shall be credited as one year of full-time paid experience. Additional paid part-time experience in excess of these amounts shall be credited;





(iv) volunteer experience in an assessor's office may be credited as paid experience to the extent that it includes tasks such as data collection; calculation of value estimates; preparation of preliminary valuation reports; providing routine assessment information to a computer center; public relations; and review of value estimates, computer output and exemption applications; and


(v) in no case shall less than six months of the experience described in subparagraph (1)(ii) of subdivision (a) be acceptable with the exception of county training as provided for in paragraph (3) of subdivision (a).


NOTE: The minimum qualifications for Assessor are established pursuant to Section 8188-2.2 of Title 20 of the official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York.



3/2013 Revised