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The Public Service Commission (PSC) Tax Division Director is responsible for the operations and activities regarding the annual assessment, for property taxation purposes, of

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Develops goals and objectives for the Tax Division, and oversees the activities of professional and administrative support staff, directly and through subordinate supervisors, by allocating resources, interviewing, hiring, and evaluating employees, and assigning work. Develops plans for valuation and ad valorem assessment of utilities, railroads, and motor carriers operating in the state and manages the allocation of resources to ensure compliance with all statutory deadlines for valuation and ad valorem assessment and to ensure that utilities, railroads, and motor carriers receive all legal rights to which they are entitled in the valuation and assessment of their property used in the state. Participates in formal and informal hearings with utility and railroad personnel, reviewing and analyzing capitalization rate studies, appraisals, and other information on utility and railroad values presented by utility and railroad representatives and consultants. Drafts legislation and reviews drafts of legislation and policy, prepares reports, and responds to questions from the legislative branch, state agencies, and county officials. Prepares requests for proposals for consulting services, evaluates proposals, contracts with consultants, and manages preparation of all documents for legislative review of consulting contracts. Participates in the preparation of the Tax Division budget and oversees expenditures and allocation of fiscal resources for the Tax Division. Researches and analyzes financial and economic data on utility and railroad industries and compiles statistical reports for use in valuation, assessment, and distribution of values of utility and railroad companies for purposes of property taxes. Coordinates with other sections on the design and maintenance of Tax Division computer systems and the website. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, and Commission precedent related to unit valuation and assessment, property taxation, and equalization of utility and railroad property. Knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, and Commission precedent related to utility industry and regulation. Knowledge of Freedom of Information Act and records retention laws. Ability to organize information, develop long range plans, and execute the plans in compliance with statutory and internal deadlines. Ability to use computer software and prepare financial spreadsheets. Ability to prepare, present, and review oral and written information and reports. Ability to research policy, legal, and economic issues affecting utilities and railroads and analyze the impact on the valuation of utilities and railroads. Ability to negotiate complex tax valuation issues.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in accounting, economics, business, engineering or a related field; plus eight years of progressively more responsible experience in public utility regulation, including four years in a professional managerial capacity.

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