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Public Utility Assessor

Recruitment #22-002587-0117


This is a position Specific Recruitment for the State Department of Assessments and Taxation, Business Services and Finance Division.  The resulting eligible list will be used for this position only.  Interested persons will need to reapply for future recruitments in this classification.

Recruitment is limited to current State Department of Assessments and Taxation employees only.




Department of Assessments and Taxation
Business Services and Finance Division
301 W. Preston Street
Baltimore, MD  21201

Main Purpose of Job

The main purposes of this position are to assess the operating property of public utilities (electric companies, gas distribution companies, interstate natural gas pipelines, an interstate oil pipeline, telecommunication companies, water companies, cable companies) and railroads; to allocate the value within each jurisdiction in the State where the property is located for local taxation purposes. The operating property includes the assessing of both real and personal property owned by the companies. This assessment function requires significant knowledge about the unit method of valuation which includes the cost, market, and capitalized income approaches according to national appraisal standards. These are complex properties with a total assessable base in excess of $10 billion and are often multijurisdictional and interstate entities. The position will also assess the personal property of non-utility electric generating companies including legacy generating plants as well as new generation sources such as wind, solar, and emerging technologies. This position is a non-emergency mission essential and mission critical employee.


Provide excellent customer service in accordance with the Department’s Customer Service Policy.

Calculates the value of complex, high value public utility and railroad property according to national appraisal standards. Calculates the assessment of non-utility electric generation personal property and cable company personal property.

Examines and analyzes the operating property tax returns of public utilities and railroads and compares the data with other filings made by the entities to federal and state regulatory agencies (FCC, FERC, STB, SEC, PSC) to evaluate the accuracy and completeness of the filing with the Department.  Sends written requests for additional information to the companies being assessed. Reviews operating land list as needed.

Reviews the appraisals and capitalization rate studies submitted by the tax representatives of the companies to determine the validity of their valuations.

The position requires the employee to have gained greater expertise in utilizing comparable sales data, evaluating the effect of bankruptcy filings and rulings in the industry, and determining the effect on value.

The incumbent in this position is required to provide more complex analysis to include greater consideration to market valuation factors due to the restructuring of an industry moving from a rate based regulated industry to a more dynamic competitive environment.

The position is required to handle a significant increase in the number of appeals filed with the agency by independent accounting firms and professional tax representatives challenging in whole or in part the valuations placed on the companies by the Department.  Makes recommendations to the Program Manager about changes to the assessment of individual companies.

Accurately calculates the distribution of assessments of public utility and railroad property for certification to the counties, municipalities and special taxing districts.  Reviews the prepared certifications for accuracy and completeness.

Compiles and analyzes data from reports published by nationally recognized sources that review the stock and debt of public utility companies and railroads in order to assist in producing the annual industry capitalization rate studies of the Department.

Performs other duties as assigned, including but not limited to provide support to other teams when appropriate with reasonable performance expectations; participates in training provided by management for any job deficiencies; regularly checks and responds to email. May involve cross training and assisting other TPS units; including but not limited to assignments assessing the top100 and top 5 BPP Lottery accounts; assignment of account range(s), shared sdat.persprop email, phone coverage on the BPP phone line, and coverage of the public service counter.


Experience:   Nine years of experience in administrative staff or professional work. One year of this experience must have involved one or more of the following:  the supervision of other employees, overseeing and coordinating the general operations of a unit, applying rules and regulations, or exercising responsibility for the development of policies or procedures.


1. Candidates may substitute 30 credit hours from an accredited college or university for each year up to four years of the required experience. 

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and five years of experience in administrative staff or professional work for the required experience.  One year of this experience must have involved one or more of the following:  the supervision of other employees, overseeing and coordinating the general operations of a unit, applying rules and regulations, or exercising responsibility for the development of policies or procedures.

3. Candidates may substitute additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 credit hours on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for- year basis for the required experience.


Two years of professional appraisal experience estimating the value of property performed in accordance with the provisions of the Uniformed Standards of professional Appraisal Practice Code.


Three or more years experience in property valuation, assessments and appraisal fields.

Knowledge of the property tax returns of public utilities and railroads.

Relevant Coursework in Math, Engineering, Business.

Experience handling multiple projects and deadlines.

Experience reviewing and processing business personal property documents.


Must be willing to work in Baltimore City.
Recruitment limited to current State Department of Assessments and Taxation employees only.


1. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


1. Upon appointment to this position, employees in this classification that possess a real estate broker or sales license, or a license to sell insurance, will be required to put the license in an “inactive” status.
2. Employees in this classification are prohibited from participating in any outside activity, including private appraisals, which may be deemed a conflict of interest by the Director of the Department of Assessments and Taxation.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.


As an employee of the State of Maryland, you will have access to outstanding benefits, including: health insurance, dental, and vision plans offered at a low cost. CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR MORE DETAILS:   STATE OF MARYLAND BENEFITS

Personal Leave - new State employees are awarded six (6) personnel days annually (prorated    based on start date).

 Annual Leave - ten (10) days of accumulated annual leave per year.

 Sick Leave - fifteen (15) days of accumulated sick leave per year.  

 Parental Leave - up to sixty (60) days of paid parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child.

 Holidays - State employees also celebrate at least twelve (12) holidays per year.  

 Pension - State employees earn credit towards a retirement pension. 


Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to: Department of Assessments and Taxation, Office of Human Resources Division, 300 W. Preston St., Room 511, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5pm in our office on the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted. Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the application.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the Department of Assessments and Taxation at 410-767-1140, MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258. If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, at 410-767-4850 or 

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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