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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham is advertising for a chief assessor.

William G. Naser, who was hired by then Town Manager Robert Halpin in August 2013, left the City on April 30 to become the principal assessor in the Town of Westford.

The Spicer administration never announced the departure.

The chief assessor performs “highly responsible and professional supervisory work along with technical and administrative work relating to managing the assessment and appraisal function for the City, including establishing property valuations, preparing tax rates with accompanying schedules and taxable property inventory lists, defending assessments, maintaining and enhancing the City’s land based records, providing appraisal support to the Board of Assessors, in accordance with state and local statute and regulations and policies of the Board of Assessors; performs all other related work as required.”

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The full-time position was posted by the City on May 7.

The salary range is posted as $102,400 to $115,000.

Qualified individuals should have a Bachelor’s degree in economics or business administration plus course work related specifically in
business, finance and property appraisal; five (5) years’ experience in real estate and personal property appraisal and municipal procedures experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Possession of a valid Massachusetts Driver’s License, Massachusetts Accredited Assessor designation (MAA)

Since January 2020, the City has hired a new police chief, a new fire chief, a new DPW director, a new library director, a new highway & sanitation director, a new water & wastewater sewer director, is advertising for a new health director, and now its chief assessor.

Last month, the City did announce its chief financial officer would retire at the end of June.

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Essential Functions:
▪ Administers the ad valorem tax system. Discovers, measures, lists and establishes valuations for all property both real and personal within the city. Conducts physical inspections of properties.

▪ Implements effective operation of a city-wide property appraisal system; assess value of property; keeps abreast of all new laws pertaining to real estate, personal property, motor vehicle excise and assessing procedures.

▪ Researches by performing property inspections; market, cost and income analysis; reviews value on real and personal property to determine assessment using complex internal assessment methods; reviews application for abatements and exemptions.

▪ Supervises the operation of the Assessing Department.

▪ Responsible to analyze real estate market conditions and events to determine trends and changes in the market; collects data from various boards and officials whose actions reflect value.

▪ Interacts with the Department of Revenue for final approval to tax billing procedures.

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▪ Oversees the operation of the conversion of the valuation file to the billing file for tax collection purposes.

▪ Supervises the commitment of real estate personal property, exemptions, motor vehicle excise, farm and machinery excise and special assessment tax bills to the Tax Collector.

▪ Creates and prepares the required reports for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue; prepares recapitulation reports.

▪ Implements program for collecting data necessary for all the allocation of the tax burden for each class of property, and the maintenance of complete, accurate and up-to-date property records; maintains records relating to location, valuation, appraisal of all property in the City, maintaining current inventories of all real and personal property within the City. Maintains complete, accurate
and up-to-date public records and information on all property, both real estate and personal property, including all tax-exempt property.

▪ Responsible for the real estate values for the City of 10,000 parcels.

▪ Prepares for and testifies before the Appellate Tax Board when necessary.

▪ Analyzes all abatement applications and prepares with suggestions to the Board of Assessors.

▪ Attends professional development meetings and conferences in order to stay abreast of changes and trends in the field and remaining familiar with Massachusetts Law and Regulations concerning taxation.

▪ Inspects and data enter all building permits throughout the year and enters all changes and building sketches into the appraisal system. Field check, measure and inspects residential and commercial properties on a constant basis for data quality control.

▪ Responsible for the supervision, management and administration of the Assessing Department and responsible for the proper and accurate maintenance of the department’s personnel, financial and other administrative records.

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▪ Coordinates the revisions of Assessors’ maps for subdivision of property and deed changes throughout the year.

▪ Develops requests for proposals and bid specifications for personal property and real estate; oversees contractor.

▪ Serves as administrative staff to the Board of Assessors, providing technical assistance for meetings and ensuring proper follow-up of Board decisions.

▪ Captures new growth through permit activity. Reports all classes of real and personal property that increased in value in over the year.

▪ Responsible for deed transfers with the County Registry of Deeds.

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▪ Responsible for handling the various exemptions of elderly, blind and veterans.

▪ Responsible for processing motor vehicle excise tax commitments, (35,000 bills) creating receivables and maintaining the file using motor vehicle software. Review and processes applications for motor vehicle abatements and exemptions. Generates reports. Verifies incorrect values and researches errors, reporting changes to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.