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Principal Property Appraiser Full-time

at State of Maine in Maine (Published at 14-06-2018)

Maine Revenue Services

Principal Property Appraiser

(Part-Time, 52 hours bi-weekly)

Code: 0778 Pay Grade: 25 - Salary: $37,328.72/annually

Open for Recruitment: June 14 – June 29, 2018


To recruit qualified candidates to fill a vacancy for a Principal Property Appraiser position within the Property Tax Division of Maine Revenue Services.


This is professional services work performing complex appraisals and valuations of real and personal property to determine market value for tax assessment. Work includes instructing and advising subordinate appraisers and municipal assessors in the conduct of property appraisals, performing complex appraisals and valuations, explaining and interpreting property tax laws, and coordinating the collection and analysis of sales data. Work requires extensive travel and is performed under limited supervision.


Examines and appraises real and personal property and large industrial and commercial complexes in order to determine market valuation.

Examines, audits, and verifies landowners and/or assessor reports and real estate sales data in order to determine tax liabilities and compile market data samples.

Coordinates the collection, compilation, and analysis of assessor reports and sales data in municipalities or defined region in order to make land economics studies and provide uniform valuation between and within taxing jurisdictions.

Explains application of excise tax and property laws to taxpayers and assessors in order to ensure full compliance with laws and assist municipal assessors with property valuations.

Provides functional direction, guidance, and assistance to subordinate appraisers and municipal assessors in order to ensure work is correctly performed.

Reviews and evaluates field audit reports of municipal records conducted by subordinate appraisers in order to ensure accuracy of the tax liability determination.

Develops and coordinates course materials, instructs in-service training program, and assists in statewide training and certification program in order to develop and maintain individual appraisal and assessment skills.

Appears and testifies at court proceedings and before various boards in order to interpret and defend appraisals and appraisal methodologies.

Reviews exemption programs and taxpayer benefit applications in order to determine eligibility for exemption credit and municipal eligibility for reimbursement of lost taxes


Knowledge of Agency standard operating procedures.

Knowledge of current personal property and real estate values.

Knowledge of data analysis techniques and practices.

Knowledge of accepted appraisal theory.

Knowledge of policy and procedure for determining tax reimbursements.

Ability to plan, assign, and supervise the work of subordinates.

Ability to apply accepted appraisal practices and procedures.

Ability to gather and compile data and complete reports.

Ability to conduct sales assessment ratio analyses.

Ability to explain and interpret excise and property tax laws.

Ability to present information and testify at hearings.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Ability to evaluate information and arrive at logical conclusions.

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Ability to examine and appraise large industrial and commercial complexes.

Ability to develop guidelines and criteria for administering tax laws.

Ability to develop, coordinate, and instruct training courses.


A Bachelor’s Degree in Public or Business Administration, Accounting, Economics, or related field and two (2) years’ experience in property appraisal and assessment work, -OR- an equivalent six (6) year combination of education, training, and/or experience.

All candidates applying for a position at Maine Revenue Services will be subject to a tax clearance check. In order to be selected for a position, an applicant must have filed all his or her Maine returns and paid all Maine tax liabilities.

For all candidates not currently employed at Maine Revenue Services: State law requires that applicants seeking initial employment with Maine Revenue Services undergo a fingerprint based state and federal criminal history record check.

Licensing/Registration/Certification Requirements : Certified Maine Assessor.


The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 15.37% of salary for BU positions.

The value of State-paid Dental Insurance: $13.13 biweekly. The value* of State-paid Health Insurance:

Level 1: 100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing): $444.68 biweekly

Level 2: 95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%): $422.45 biweekly

Level 3: 90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%): $400.21 biweekly

Level 4: 85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%): $377.98 biweekly

  • The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2018.
Mindy Hansen, HR Generalist

General Gov. Service Center,

74 State House Station,

Augusta, Maine 04333-0074

207-624-7430 (T)

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