Authors: Senator Erin Houchin, Senator Luke Kenley, Senator James Buck
Co-authors: Senator Jon Ford
Sponsors: Representative Randy Truitt
Co-Sponsors: Representative Robert Cherry, Representative Terry Goodin, Representative Rhonda Rhoads
Advisors: Senator Luke Kenley, Senator Jean Breaux, Senator James Buck
Removes requirements that a candidate for county or township assessor must attain a certain level assessor-appraiser certification as a condition for becoming a candidate for the office. Provides that an individual who has never held the assessor's office must have a level two assessor-appraiser certification before the individual assumes the office of assessor (county or township). Provides that an individual who has held the assessor's office must have a level three assessor-appraiser certification before the individual assumes a new term of office (county or township). Requires a county fiscal body to establish a salary schedule in which the salary of a county assessor who has attained a level three certification is entitled to an annual salary that is at least $1,500 more than the salary of a county assessor who has a level two certification. Provides that if a county assessor who takes office with a level two certification attains level three certification not later than January 1 of the third year of the county assessor's term of office, the county assessor is entitled to the level three salary, beginning on the date the county assessor attains level three certification. Provides that an additional salary given to an assessor who has attained a level two or a level three certification is not eliminated but becomes a part of the assessor's annual compensation. Makes analogous changes for township assessors. Specifies that after June 30, 2017, an employee of the county assessor or township assessor who is responsible for placing an assessed valuation on real property must have attained the certification of a level three assessor-appraiser. Specifies that after June 30, 2017, if the county assessor or township assessor has not attained the level three certification, the county or township fiscal body shall authorize either: (1) the employment of at least one deputy or employee who has attained certification of a level three assessor-appraiser; or (2) contracting for the services of an individual who has attained certification of a level three assessor-appraiser to assist the elected assessor with assessment duties as determined by the assessor. Provides that the cost of employing or contracting for a level three assessor-appraiser shall be paid from the assessor's budget. Makes conforming changes in related statutes. Removes a provision relating to the existence of a vacancy of the office of township assessor if the township assessment duties are transferred to the county assessor. Repeals obsolete statutes relating to the referendum held in 2008 in townships to determine whether the township assessor's office should be maintained.