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Hiring! Principal Real Property Appraiser San Francisco $98,202 $119,366

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Michael Nettles

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Feb 2, 2016
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Gvmt Agency, FNMA, HUD, VA etc.
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Who We Are

The Office of the Assessor-Recorder is responsible for carrying out property tax-related functions governed by the State Constitution and State and local laws. Our core responsibilities include locating all taxable property in the City and County of San Francisco, identifying ownership, establishing a taxable value, and applying all legal exemptions. Property broadly includes both real property and personal property owned by businesses. The Office of the Assessor-Recorder is also responsible for recording documents and maintaining those public records. Over 400 different types of documents are recorded annually, including deeds of trust, reconveyances, liens, and public marriage licenses. The Office is also responsible for collecting any transfer tax due upon a change in property ownership. The Office of the Assessor-Recorder strives to conduct our work with the core principals of professionalism and integrity.

What We Do

Heightened activity in the real estate and business markets means increased demand for the work of our Office. In fiscal year 2014-2015, property tax revenue alone accounted for more than 29% of the City’s General Fund revenue, or over $1.2 billion. This revenue funds crucial services like police, fire, health and family support services. Through the dedicated work of the Assessor-Recorder staff, the City experienced a 6.9% increase in the local assessment roll compared to the previous year, representing a cumulative value of approximately $195 billion. This is due in part to strong growth in the real estate market, additional construction across San Francisco, and overall stronger economic business climate. Fiscal Year 2014-2015 was the sixth consecutive year of transfer tax revenue growth, driven by a strong demand for commercial real estate in San Francisco. In fact, the 2014-2015 transfer tax revenue of $314 million is the highest level we have seen in past ten years, and accounted for 7% of the City’s General Fund revenue.

In January 2015, we launched a new website featuring improved customer service, design navigation, search, and accessibility through virtually any device, including mobile devices. This year, we are working to digitize in nearly 207,000 hard-copy property files and bring them “online,” which will ensure that historical records are appropriately preserved and allow staff to more easily and efficiently access property files. Meanwhile, our core values continue to drive our efforts to improve customer service.

What We’re Looking For

The Office of the Assessor-Recorder currently has three (3) full time vacancies in class 4267 Principal Real Property Appraiser. Under general direction in an assigned area of activity, the Principal Appraiser is responsible for the appraisal of real property for tax purposes; performs unusual or difficult appraisal work; supervises the activities of subordinate personnel engaged in such work; and performs related duties as required. Requires responsibility for: Assisting in coordinating, interpreting and enforcing existing evaluation methods and procedures in connection with real property appraisal activities; making regular contact with the general public, outside organizations and their representatives in furnishing and obtaining information on real property appraisals and tax assessment matters; preparing and reviewing detailed appraisal reports and records.

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