For the purpose of examining and certifying candidates for the positions of assessor and deputy assessor, the director of revenue and finance shall prepare and administer a written examination. The examinations shall be administered twice each year in the city of Des Moines. Notification of the time, place and date of the examinations shall be mailed to each city and county assessor, county auditor and chairperson of each city and county conference board at least thirty days prior to the date of the examination.
These examinations shall be conducted by the director of revenue and finance in the same manner as other similar examinations, including secrecy regarding questions prior to the examination and in accordance with other rules as may be prescribed by the director of revenue and finance. The examination shall cover the following and related subjects:
1. Laws pertaining to the assessment of property for taxation, with emphasis on market value assessment as provided in this chapter.
2. Laws on tax exemption.
3. Assessment of real estate and personal property, including market value assessment in accordance with this chapter and including fundamental principles and practices of property appraisal and valuation which are consistent with market value assessment as provided in this chapter.
4. The rights of taxpayers and property owners related to the assessment of property for taxation.
5. The duties of the assessor.
6. Other items related to the position of assessor.
Only individuals who possess a high school diploma or its equivalent are eligible to take the examination. A person desiring to take the examination shall complete an application prior to the administration of the examination.
The director of revenue and finance shall grade the examination taken. The director shall notify, in writing, each applicant of the score attained by the applicant on the examination. An individual who attains a score of seventy percent or greater on the examination is eligible to be certified by the director of revenue and finance as a candidate for any assessor position. Any person who passes the examination and who possesses at least two years of appraisal related experience as determined by the director of revenue and finance shall be granted regular certification and become eligible for appointment to a six-year term as assessor. Any person who passes the examination but who lacks such experience shall be granted temporary certification, and shall be eligible for a provisional appointment as assessor.
Any person possessing temporary certification who receives a provisional appointment as assessor shall, during the person's first eighteen months in office, be required to complete a course of study prescribed and administered by the director of revenue and finance. Upon the successful completion of this course of study, the assessor shall be granted regular certification and shall be eligible to remain in office for the balance of the assessor's six-year term. All expenses incurred in obtaining regular certification shall be defrayed by the assessment expense fund.
Following the administration of the examination, the director of revenue and finance shall establish a register containing the names, in alphabetical order, of all individuals who are eligible for appointment as assessor. The test scores of individuals on the register shall be given to a city or county conference board upon request. All eligible individuals shall remain on the register for a period of two years following the date of certification granted by the director.
Incumbent assessors who have served six consecutive years shall be placed on the register of individuals eligible for appointment as assessor. In order to be appointed to the position of assessor, the assessor shall comply with the continuing education requirements. The number of credits required for certification as eligible for appointment as assessor in a jurisdiction other than where the assessor is currently serving shall be prorated according to the percentage of the assessor's term which is covered by the continuing education requirements of section 441.8. The credit necessary for certification for appointment is the product of one hundred fifty multiplied by the quotient of the number of months served of an assessor's term covered by the continuing education requirements of section 441.8 divided by seventy-two. If the number of credits necessary for certification for appointment as determined under this paragraph results in a partial credit hour, the credit hour shall be rounded to the nearest whole number.
[C46, § 405.3; C50, 54, 58, § 405.3, 441.2, 441.3; C62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 441.5]
88 Acts, ch 1228, §1
Referred to in § 441.7, 441.8, 441.11, 441.56
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