Barry County, MI (pop. 60,540) County Seat: Hastings. Barry County offers a unique rural quality of life, with convenient access to the major urban areas of southwestern and central Michigan including Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and Lansing. Family-friendly communities and a vibrant selection of businesses and amenities, surrounded by the serenity and beauty of all that nature has to offer makes Barry County a perfect place for residents and visitors to enjoy the splendor of Michigan.
The County is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners. The Commissioners are elected to 2-year terms from districts that are roughly equal in population. The Board appoints a County Administrator who oversees the day-to-day operations of the County. The Director of Equalization is appointed by and reports to the County Administrator. The total State Equalized value for Barry County is $3,421,046,041 and its Taxable value is $2,456,473,596.
The Director of Equalization directs assessors and projects the market value for each class of property within the County based on sales/appraisal studies done by the Director and staff. The Director is responsible for compiling all property parcel data of the County and completing reports throughout the year, providing important data to the State and local jurisdictions. This position directly assists the public with various matters related to property assessment and taxation. The Director also proactively educates the public on new State laws that apply to property taxes.
The Director manages the Equalization Department, which includes a staff of three employees: one full-time Senior Property Appraiser, one full-time Property Appraiser, and one ¾-time Property Records Clerk. The Director is responsible for preparing and managing the annual departmental budget of $355,119. The Director calculates the estimated annual tax revenues for the County’s General Fund budget (approximately $13.5 million) and extra voted millages for the current and projected budget years. This position also will advise the Administrator and other County leaders regarding contingencies, changes in law, or other potential impacts that may change the budgeted real estate tax revenue.
Required Education and Experience:
● Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field of study.
● Have had at least five (5) years of relevant assessing / appraising experience.
● Possess a Michigan Advanced Assessment Officer Certification.
● Considerable knowledge of appraising all classes of real estate, including in-depth knowledge of State guidelines.
● Demonstrated understanding of how projected real estate values changes property tax revenues.
● Well-developed skills in ensuring projected values are followed by local assessors.
● Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
● Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with employees, professional contacts, elected officials, and the public.
● Ability to effectively plan and work under stress, with deadlines and changes in work priorities.
● Familiarity with BS & A software is preferred.
● Considerable familiarity with current professional trends, personal computers, software, and activities of professional and technical associations.
Salary range is $72,758 to $87,297 DOQE.
The County has approved pay scales through 2025, including for this position. Barry County offers its full-time employees a generous benefit package including medical insurance and MERS hybrid retirement plan.
Apply via email to Michael Brown, County Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org with resume, cover letter, contact information, and three (3) professional references. Barry County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity, equity and inclusion and seeks candidates who represent a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Questions regarding the position may be directed to the attention of Michael Brown, County Administrator, email@example.com.
Candidates will be reviewed upon receipt of application, with preliminary reviews to be completed by October 22, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.