Deschutes County Seeks Volunteers for Property Tax Appeals Board

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Please consider serving the community by volunteering on the Deschutes County Board of Property Tax Appeals (BOPTA). The board is responsible for hearing taxpayer appeals for reduction of the real market or assessed value of their real and personal property. Resumes and application packets are due no later than 5pm on Tuesday, September 6.

The Deschutes County Board of Commissioners seek candidates who:

1.    Have a working knowledge of the local real estate market, both residential and commercial.

2.    Are willing to participate in public hearings, can quickly review documentation while listening to the public and can make reasonable decisions with the affected parties in attendance.

3.    Have mediation skills, real estate appraisal, financing or related background as a strength.

4.    Are familiar with Oregon property tax.

All members of BOPTA are appointed by the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners and may consist of residents of the county who are not employees or members of a governing body of the County or of any taxing district within the county.

BOPTA members receive a per diem rate of $85 per day. Additional training sessions are held prior to the hearings process. The term begins on October 15 and ends on June 30, 2012. During the period of time that appeals are heard (February through April 15), the BOPTA meets approximately 40 hours each week.

If interested, candidates may request an application packet and apply to:

Deschutes County Personnel Department

1300 NW Wall St, Ste. 201

Bend, OR 97701

(541)388-6553

A resume and Deschutes County Application must be received in the Personnel Department no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2011. The appointment process will be completed by October 15, 2011.

For BOPTA procedural information, contact Beckey Nelson at the Deschutes County Clerk’s office at (541) 388-6548.

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