Assessor and deputy assessor examination—preliminary education requirements, 72.1(1), 72.3
Notice of Intended Action
Proposing rule making related to assessor and deputy assessor examination
and providing an opportunity for public comment
The Department of Revenue hereby proposes to amend Chapter 72, "Examination and Certification of Assessors and Deputy Assessors," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code sections 421.14 and 441.5(4).
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code section 441.5.
Purpose and Summary
The purpose of this rule making is to prescribe the preliminary education requirements that must be completed before a person may sit for an assessor or deputy assessor examination.
This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to rule 701—7.28(17A).
Any interested person may submit written or oral comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written or oral comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 1, 2018. Comments should be directed to:
Department of Revenue
Hoover State Office Building
P.O. Box 10457
Des Moines, Iowa 50306
No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
The following rule-making actions are proposed:
Item 1. Amend subrule 72.1(1) as follows:
72.1(1) The application for the examination shall be made on a form prescribed by the director and shall constitute an integral part of the examination. The application form shall require information as to the education, training, and experience of the applicant , including evidence of successful completion of the preliminary education requirements required in subrule 72.3(2), and such other information as the director may deem pertinent. Applications must be received by the department at least three days prior to the date of the examination. Applications filed on or after the effective date of this rule February 9, 1976, shall be considered public records pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 22 (City of Dubuque v.Telegraph Herald, Inc., 297 N.W.2d 523 (Iowa 1980); 1982 O.A.G. 3).
Item 2. Amend rule 701—72.3(441) as follows:
701—72.3(441) Equivalent of high school diploma Eligibility requirements to take the examination.
72.3(1) High school diploma or its equivalent. Only persons who possess a high school diploma or its equivalent are eligible to take the examination. The equivalent of high school diploma shall consist of a high school equivalency certificate diploma issued by the department of public instruction education pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 259A, a similar document issued by the U.S. armed forces, or a similar document issued by another state.
72.3(2) Preliminary education requirements.
a. Only persons who have successfully completed the preliminary education requirements are eligible to take the examination. These requirements may be met by achieving one of the following:
(1)Successful completion of a department-approved course on Iowa assessment and taxation that includes coursework on Iowa laws within the time frame defined in paragraph 72.3(2)"b";
(2)Successful completion of a department-approved course on general appraisal and assessment practice in addition to a department-approved course on Iowa laws. Both courses must be successfully completed within the time frame defined in paragraph 72.3(2)"b"; or
(3)Receipt of a currently active department-approved professional appraisal designation from a recognized appraisal organization in conjunction with successful completion of a department-approved course on Iowa laws within the time frame defined in paragraph 72.3(2)"b" if the appraisal designation is not already specific to Iowa.
b. All required coursework must be completed within five years prior to the date of the examination.
c. For the purposes of this subrule, "successful completion" shall mean answering a minimum of 70 percent of questions correctly on the test given at the completion of the course.
d. The department will publish a list of approved courses and professional designations on its official website.
This rule is intended to implement Iowa Code section 441.5.