ASSESSMENT CLERK 0590
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for performing clerical duties required to maintain current real property tax records which have been converted from a manually managed system to a computerized tax and assessment system. The clerical workers are trained to perform a wide diversity of duties and fill in for each other as needed. Work is supervised by Senior Assessment Clerks and technical personnel. Performs related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Attends training classes to learn the requirements of the computerized tax and assessment system and to learn terminal operation;
Operates terminal to update the land-base file for new information on ownership, zone changes, exemptions, assessments, apportionments and consolidations for commercial, industrial, and residential properties, including data on inventory of property sales information;
Explains grievance procedures to taxpayers, accepts application forms and enters decision on terminal;
May extract comparable sales data from computerized files to assist with work-up preparation for grievance and/or Small Claims proceedings in accordance with specific instructions from technical staff;
Enters sales validation figures on terminal to maintain current market price of real property;
Calculates area of properties through use of planimeter;
Assists taxpayers to file exemption forms for senior citizens and veterans;
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of assessment office terminology and clerical techniques; good knowledge of the operation of a computer terminal; good knowledge of clerical requirements of the New York State Real Property Information System; ability to deal courteously and effectively with the public; ability to learn assigned tasks readily and to follow prescribed departmental procedures; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Graduation from a standard senior high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma.