Tax Administrator

Burke County
December 20, 2021
110 N. Green Street, Morganton, NC
Billing Address
200 Avery Ave.
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Performs managerial and administrative work to support the listing and appraising of real and personal property and the collection of current and delinquent property taxes for Burke County and certain municipalities within its boundary.   These duties and functions come under the statutory positions of County Assessor and Tax Collector as prescribed under the Machinery Act of North Carolina.

This managerial position plans and directs the work of a staff responsible for listing and appraising real and personal property; maintaining property records, and other files; conducting the reappraisal process; educating the public on the reappraisal process; managing the appeals process informal and for the Board of Equalization and Review; supervises collection of current and delinquent taxes along with other tax related charges including enforced collection remedies.  Work involves developing policies, procedures, and methods for program operations, handling budget and personnel matters, and working with sensitive and controversial issues in the tax listing, assessment, and collection programs. Independent judgment and initiative are required. Work is performed under the administrative supervision of County Manager and is evaluated through reports, presentations, and effectiveness of the department.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages staffing, organizational structure and delegation of work; recruits; hires; coaches.
  • Evaluates performance; and takes disciplinary action including dismissal, in consultation with the Human Resources and the County Manager.
  • Assures needed certifications and continuing education are achieved personally and for staff.
  • Plans and monitors operating budget; authorizes purchases and expenditures within the approved budget.
  • Plans and supervises the listing and valuation process of real and personal property which is subject to exemption, taxation, and collection.
  • Supervises staff responsible for: listing and appraising property, data entry, preparing listing forms and tax notices for mailing, handling appeals, discovering unlisted property, collecting taxes and tax-related fees, and handling a variety of records, files, information, and confidential information.
  • Supervises appeals process and handles highly controversial situations with taxpayers.
  • Serves as the Clerk to the Board of Equalization and Review.
  • Explains tax laws, policies and procedures to property owners, attorneys, real estate specialists, and to the general public.
  • Assures that all required notices, postings, deadlines, and other guidelines are met in the tax appraisal and collection system.

Additional Job Duties:

  • Assists with all processes as necessary.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Serves on various committees with the NC Association of Assessing Officers (NCAAO) and the NC Association of Tax Collectors (NCTCA) as selected.
  • Serves on the NC Property Tax Solution (NCPTS) Oversight Committee if selected. NCPTS is the software vendor for the Burke County Tax Office.
  • Works closely with NCPTS Users Groups; Collections, Appraisal, and other Ad Hoc committees.



Salary Range:                     $72,469 yr. - $112,317 yr.


Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Thorough knowledge of the Machinery Act of NC governing the administration of taxes on real and personal property and the collection of taxes.
  • Thorough knowledge of accepted appraisal practices in assessing real and personal, residential, commercial, and industrial property.
  • Considerable knowledge of modern office practices and procedures required in a tax office.
  • Considerable knowledge of the organization and functions of government.
  • Ability to plan and manage the tax functions and a staff of employees; to establish priorities to meet guidelines and deadlines set by the State.
  • Ability to evaluate and appraise a wide variety of real and personal property.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and controversial tax appeals and other situations; to deal tactfully and courteously with the public.
  • Ability to interpret and explain laws, policies, and procedures relating to listing and assessing property and collection of taxes.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with State and County officials, other departments, employees, and to the general public.

 Minimum Training, Education and Experience RequirementsGraduation from a four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics, Public Administration, or related field and considerable experience in property appraisal, real estate, or related field including at least two years of supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Requirements

Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.


Application ProcessBurke County applications can be obtained at the Human Resources office, located at 200 Avery Ave., Morganton, NC 28655 Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm, or online at:  Resumes may be forwarded to:  [email protected] with a Subject Line:  Tax Administrator, or faxed to:  Burke County Human Resources: 828-764-9081.  You will be required to complete a Burke County employment application if selected for an interview.