City of Superior

The City of Superior invites applicants for the position of City Assessor.

Work Location: Government Center, 1316 N. 14th Street, Superior, WI

Hours:  Full-time; 8:00 am- 4:30 pm Monday-Friday (40 hours/week) and as otherwise needed.

Starting Salary:  The starting salary range is approximately $94,140-$101,982 based on level of  education & experience as it relates to the qualifications. 

Benefits:  Health/Dental Insurance, Retirement, Life Insurance, Paid Time Off 

Serves as the property assessor of all real and personal property in the City of Superior.  Acts as the chief custodian of all assessment records for the City. Directs activities of the City’s Assessor Department, including three full-time staff.
The Assessor performs and supervises difficult and highly complex fiscal duties in maintaining financial and accounting records, reports and statements. Discover, list and value all taxable real and personal property within the City of Superior, under the guidelines of the Wisconsin Property Assessment Manual in accordance with State Statutes. Decisions within areas of responsibility are made independently. All work leaving the Assessor’s office is reviewed by the Assessor. There is frequent interaction with the public and other departments both inside and outside the City, including Douglas County and the Department of Revenue. The Assessor serves as a City Officer by ordinance. Work is performed under the guidelines of existing laws, ordinances and established procedures with general direction from the Mayor.


Employment Standards


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Assesses all real and personal property as directed in Chapter 70 of the Wisconsin Statutes.
2. Supervises and provides on-the-job training for subordinate employees in Assessor department.
3. Prepare, sign, deliver, and defend the annual assessment roll; hold open book sessions, attend Board of Review, defend contested assessments.
4. Value all taxable property, including residential, commercial, agricultural, and personal property.
5. Prepare market analysis for all classes of property, including structural and location value-determining factors.
6. Field inspect/audit real and personal property.
7. Gather information/interview building contractors, real estate agents, building supply dealers, and other Assessors to assist in determining valuations.
8. Determine and defend tax exempt status of properties; Value all exempt property for utility tax purposes. Maintain data sheets/computer records, maps, real estate transfers, building permits, zoning changes, and other documents having an impact on valuation.
9. Discover/deliver personal property statements to current and potential personal property accounts.

10. Post assessments and report to Department of Revenue all useable and rejected sales information and determine assessment level of all individual sales properties.

11. Review all land divisions, combinations and certified survey maps. Set up new parcels, and make valuations for new parcels.
12. Review and maintain current CRP, WTL, and other governmental programs, and make necessary valuation changes, including agricultural use-value assessments.
13. Review changes in farmland to maintain compliance with agricultural use-value, and implement penalties report changes/documents to Department of Revenue regarding changes in manufacturing and telecommunication properties.
14. Review all income and expense information provided by commercial property owners, verify and determine valuations.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

15. Review work of department staff and prepare annual evaluations.
16. Review coding of the assessment roll regarding school districts, sewer districts, business improvement districts, TIF districts, utility districts, etc.
17. Review sales summary reports for errors.
18. Prepare annual reports for the Department of Revenue, TIF Districts, and city administration.
19. Maintain uniform level of assessments for the City, and major classes within the City, in compliance with State Statutes.
20. Adapts/maintains the transfer of information with Douglas County, including address changes, special district changes, etc.
21. Adapt/update computer valuation systems for both commercial, residential, and mobile homes.
22. Attend annual assessor’s schools as required by State Statute.
23. Prepare annual budget for Assessing department and Assessing purchase orders.
24. Solicit bids, interview and hire contractual employees when required.
25. Effectively communicates with property owners regarding assessments, taxation, information and general concerns, including assistance to title companies, private appraisers, school districts, real estate companies and elected officials.
26. Prepares assessment appeals cases and testifies before the Assessment Board of Review.
27. Provide assistance with special projects and reports.
28. Participate in overall system planning for GIS as it relates to the Assessor Department and participate on the Douglas County land council.
29. Performs related work as required.


Thorough knowledge of:

  • Real and personal property assessment, property values, costs, and sales and marketing data.

  • Statutes governing property assessment and Wisconsin property tax laws. 

  • Concepts, practices, and techniques of municipal management.

  • Municipal organization and of pertinent laws and ordinances affecting municipal government.

Working knowledge of:

  • Market Approach, Cost Approach and Income Approach to value.

  • The utilization of computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, relational databases, and e-mail.

  • Knowledge of building construction in terms of what is/is not assessable.

Some knowledge of:

  • Accounting principles and procedures.

  • The principles and procedures of effective supervision.

  • Ordinances and statutes affecting Assessor’s office operations.


Ability to:

  • Read, interpret and apply provisions of laws, rules and regulations.

  • Read maps and legal descriptions.

  • Supervise and review the work of subordinates.

  • Carry out responsibilities with tact, courtesy, attention to detail and integrity.

  • Develop effective working relationships with City officials, other public and private agencies, civic groups and City residents.

  • Identify and analyze problems, evaluate alternative solutions and make sound judgments, especially in stressful situations.

  • Personally prepare effective written reports and correspondence and deliver effective oral communications. 

  • Think logically to make decisions; interpret information in mathematical, written and diagram form, such as statistical reports.

  • Ability to assist and train others.



Requirements/Special Requirements


Training and experience:   Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledges and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain these knowledges and abilities would be:

  1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a field relating to property valuation desired

  2. Seven years’ experience in the assessing and appraisal field, specializing in all aspects of property valuation. Additional experience may substitute for education on a year for year basis.

  3. Advanced knowledge and experience in the utilization of computer applications required.

  4. Experience with Current Assessment Related Software required.

  5. Minimum 5 years of supervisory experience, preferably in a municipal atmosphere required.



  1. Must be Certified Assessor Level II or higher upon appointment, must maintain Assessor Level II during the course of employment.

  2. WI Certified General or Residential Appraisal certification desired.




Certification Requirement:   Must possess and maintain State of Wisconsin Level II Assessor Certification at time of appointment.

Driver License Requirement:   Must possess and maintain valid driver's license or be able to provide suitable transportation as approved by the Mayor.

Residency Requirement: No residency requirement.

Post Job Offer Medical Examination Requirement: Must pass medical examination for the occupational group and drug screen prior to hire.

Deadline January 17, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. CST.  

Due Date

1/17/2021 @ 4:30 p.m.

Date Posted on WAAO Website


City of La Crosse

The City of La Crosse invites applicants for the position of Lead Appraiser.


The City of La Crosse is seeking to hire a full-time Lead Appraiser in the Assessor’s Department. The main purpose of this classification is to discover, list, and value commercial, residential and agricultural real and personal property for assessment purposes according to Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 70 and defend assessment value and methods. The Lead Appraiser will additionally provide day to day support, guidance and solution management within the Assessment Division of the Planning and Development Department. Incumbents perform commercial and other more complex appraisal work, handle exemption determinations and represent the City in assessment litigation. The work is performed under the general direction of the Director of Planning and Development.


Requirements: Associate degree in Property Assessment or related field, Bachelor’s degree in Real Estate, Finance or related field preferred; six years’ experience in real estate valuation, property listing or related field; or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. Wisconsin Assessor III certification and valid motor vehicle operator’s license required upon hire.   Demonstrated leadership skills required. Starting wage for this non-exempt position is $30.86 to $35.34 an hour, depending on qualifications and experience. 


Selected candidate is subject to a background check and post-offer/pre-employment drug screen. The City of La Crosse offers a comprehensive benefit package including medical benefit plan, Wisconsin Retirement Plan, deferred compensation, Roth IRA, life insurance, income continuation insurance, voluntary dental and vision plans, paid holidays, vacations and sick leave. Applications accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter and resume with your application. To be considered, submit an employment application by visiting the City of La Crosse website and clicking on City Services, then clicking Career Opportunities or by visiting https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacrossewi.



Purpose of Position

The purpose of positions in this classification is to discover and list commercial, residential and agricultural real and personal property; value property for assessment purposes according to Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 70; and defend assessment value and methods.
Distinguishing Characteristics
Incumbents perform commercial and other  more complex appraisal work compared to Property Appraiser positions. The work is performed under the general direction of the City Assessor.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are normal for this classification.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.
Determines property value implementing cost, income and market considerations. Analyzes property sales data.
Inspects real properties to determine building features, construction quality, materials, type of construction, function, etc. Measures buildings, sketches buildings, reviews blueprints, building permits and other documents relevant to property appraisal. Compiles economic data and other data unique to property for assessment purposes from owner/operators.
Lists new construction, value and adds to assessment rolls. Interprets legal descriptions, aerial photos, flood plain, topographical and zoning maps to maintain plat maps.
Provides information to taxpayers regarding assessment review and explain laws, assessment process and valuation methods.
Reviews submitted fee appraisals.
Prepares Board of Review appraisals. Testifies at Board of Review and circuit court proceedings regarding assessments.
Maintains knowledge of assessment techniques, requirements and procedures to maintain certification; and construction trends, economic trends and local market factors affecting property values. Attends Department of Revenue assessor training and participates in continuing education required to maintain certification and perform classification duties.
Reviews real estate sales records and listings for valuation purposes.
Conducts computer-assisted sales and dispersion studies and comparison studies for individual appraisals. Conducts depreciation studies to establish valuations and fair market estimate.
Assists City departments regarding annexation and tax description issues.
Represents the City Assessor in his/her absence.
Reviews appraisals completed by others for City acquisitions.

For detailed information, please view the formal job posting. To apply online, please click here.

Deadline January 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST.  

Due Date

1/31/2021 @ 11:59 p.m.

Date Posted on WAAO Website


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