Catawba County is recruiting a Tax Administrator responsible for planning, directing, and administering a comprehensive County-wide tax program, including establishment of values for business personal and real property, maintenance of real estate records, listing and preparation of tax bills, and collection of taxes on behalf of the County and its 8 municipalities.
The County’s tax collection rate is 98.84%, with a revenue yield of $108M. Planning is underway for the 2023 reappraisal. The Tax Administrator is appointed by the Board of Commissioners and is supervised by the Catawba County Manager.
- Implementation and oversight of county-wide reappraisal process conducted on 4-year cycle with reliance on in-house county staff, ensuring adherence to reappraisal schedule and to the commonly accepted appraisal principle of uniformity;
- Administration and oversight of tax collection activities including enforcement of applicable legal remedies (garnishments, bank attachments, etc.), management of business personal property tax audit program, and oversight of tax exemptions;
- Preparation and management of $2.6M annual operating budget and reappraisal fund, and supervision of 25 employees responsible for various aspects of property appraisal, billing, and tax collection, with direct supervisory responsibility for 4 staff;
- Monitoring progress of delinquent tax foreclosure program handled via third-party legal services contract;
- Service as staff liaison to Board of Equalization and Review, which holds responsibility for administering a process to decide taxpayer appeals of both value and tax liability;
- Diplomatically handling taxpayer questions, complaints, and issues;
- Prepare and present analyses to elected officials, county management, and municipal governments; and
- Maintain the IAAO Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration.
$87,798.73 - $144,867.91 Annually
Likely hiring range up to $115,000, depending on qualifications.
- Bachelor's degree in Public or Business Administration or a related degree and 5 years of experience in tax administration as a director, assistant director, or other advanced leadership role (i.e.: Revaluation Manager, Tax Collector, etc.)
- Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of local government taxation and of the North Carolina Machinery Act;
- Familiarity with the organization and functions of County government;
- Sound judgment in analyzing situations and making decisions involving a variety of fiscal and business areas;
- Excellent communication, both written and oral;
- Capacity to work collaboratively and maintain effective interpersonal relationships with all types of people;
- Exceptional capacity for customer service, including diplomacy, tact, patience, and empathy;
- Ability to react to changing job requirements and duties as they occur;
- Ability to obtain NC DOR County Assessor Certification within 2 years of employment and maintain continuing education requirements; and
- Willingness to establish residency in Catawba County within 6 months of appointment to position.