2022 property tax issues lead to job offer for data analyst

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — During its business meeting on Wednesday, Summit County Council will continue discussions on the 2022 property tax increase by considering approval of additional staff hiring proposed by the County Assessor Stephanie Poll. Summit County and Survey Human Resources Manager David Warnock will present a proposal for the immediate hiring of a data analyst and move the currently part-time assessment technician to full-time.

The Summit County Assessor’s Office worked through the Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) system to correct the limitations identified by Poll early in his tenure. However, the issues, including the inability to mass factor some of the commercial properties and condos, persist.

To combat this, the addition of a data analyst is proposed to help “tighten” the numbers from the shotgun approach under CAMA. There is also a request for $4,700 to purchase the necessary equipment. Even with the proposed hiring, it is estimated that it will take 2-3 years to build a solid model. This estimate is based on larger counties that have data analysts and modeling in place.

In addition to hiring a data analyst, moving the current assessment technician from part-time to full-time is also being discussed. A survey cites the need to correct current data and data collection in the CAMA system for commercial properties and condominiums in order to make the changes by 2024.

With 1,325 plots scheduled for review in 2023, additional hours for the commercial assessor are also offered. This is estimated at ten additional hours per week.

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Sean N. Ayres