STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
CLASSIFICATION: PUBLIC UTILITY APPRAISER
Class Code: 7227-28 Date Established: 02-05-92
Occupational Code: 7-5-7 Date of Last Revision: 12-28-01
BASIC PURPOSE: To plan, organize and administer the utility property tax and railroad tax and to provide public utility values for the purpose of statewide property equalization.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Plans, organizes, and administers the appraisal and taxation of public utility property in the state.
· Researches and analyzes utility industry trends, data and technical reports to determine the value of public utility companies and properties and to adjust utility property appraisal models with current data.
· Provides instruction to municipal officials and assessing groups, to educate them regarding methodology used to appraise public utility property.
· Review and writes administrative rules pertaining to utility appraisal and taxation.
· Meets with utility company officials to arrange property site inspections.
· Represents the department before the Board of Tax and Land Appeals, Superior Court and Supreme Court as an expert witness and testifies before the legislature regarding utility values.
Skill: Requires skill in evaluating, planning, or integrating analysis of data to formulate current and long-range solutions, strategies, or policies of a specialized or technical nature.
Knowledge: Requires logical or scientific understanding to analyze problems of a specialized or professional nature in a particular field.
Impact: Requires responsibility for achieving major aspects of long-range agency objectives by planning short- and long-term organizational goals, reviewing recommendations for procedural changes, and developing or revising program policies. Errors at this level result in incorrect decisions at an administrative level, and are detected subsequent to implementation in an overall evaluation process.
Supervision: Requires direct supervision of other employees doing related or similar work, including scheduling work, recommending leave, reviewing work for accuracy, performance appraisal, or interviewing applicants for position vacancies.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in an environment which includes exposure to continuous physical elements or a number of disagreeable working conditions with frequent exposure to minor injuries or health hazards.
Physical Demands: Requires light work, including continuous walking or operating simple equipment for extended periods of time as well as occasional strenuous activities such as reaching or bending.
Communication: Requires reviewing summaries and reports and making decisions to solve problems or to achieve work objectives as well as articulating and expressing those solutions and goals. This level also requires formal presentations of solutions and goals to employees and the general public to increase the responsiveness of the agency toward the demands of its client system.
Complexity: Requires formulating the combination of overall job functions in order to address highly diverse or novel situations requiring new concepts and imaginative approaches to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
Independent Action: Requires independent judgment in planning and evaluating work procedures and in supervising the development of professional, technical and managerial standards under administrative direction and according to broad departmental guidelines.
Education: Bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university with a major study in accounting, business administration, finance, economics, or engineering. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience but this provision shall not apply towards the required three years of public utility appraisal experience.
Experience: Eight years' experience in the appraisal of real estate, or in accounting or financial analysis, or in structural engineering with at least three years in the appraisal of public utility property. Each additional year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education.
License/Certification: Current driver's license and/or access to transportation for statewide travel.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Extensive knowledge of state laws, regulations, principles and practices governing real and utility property appraisal. Extensive knowledge of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). Skill in using standard cost manuals and trending indexes to estimate replacement costs, etc. Skill in the interpretation of utility appraisal practices. Ability to prepare reports and make recommendations as a basis for action. Ability to read and understand financial statements. Ability to testify in court. Ability to present ideas clearly and concisely both orally and in writing. Ability to establish harmonious relationships while working with officials, the general public and subordinate employees. Must be willing to travel periodically to attend seminars on public utility appraisal and related professionals development courses. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.
Last Updated 01/04/02