ORDER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE AMENDING AND CREATING RULES
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) proposes an order to: amend Tax 12.05, 12.065 and 12.07; relating to Assessor Certification.
The scope statement for this rule, SS 094-18, was approved by the Governor on August 1, 2018, published in Register No. 752A2 on August 13, 2018, and approved by the Secretary of Revenue on October 3, 2018.
Analysis by the Department of Revenue
Explanation of agency authority: s. 73.09 Assessor certification. (1) LOCAL ASSESSMENT PERSONNEL. The department of revenue shall establish by rule the level of certification under sub. (3), the continuing education requirements under sub. (4), examinations under sub. (5), and the requirements for and responsibilities associated with temporary certification under sub. (6) for all assessors and assessment personnel of each local unit of government and for county assessor systems under s. 70.99.
6) TEMPORARY CERTIFICATION. As provided in subs. (1) and (2), the department of revenue shall promulgate rules for the temporary certification of the first level of certification and designate the functions that may be performed by such persons. An individual may be granted one temporary certification, valid until the results of the next certification examination are issued, but not for more than 100 days.
Plain language analysis: The department proposes to adopt revisions which are meant to modernize the language and process for assessor certification and training to agree with state law, technology, and other practical considerations. The proposed changes include the following:
1. Remove language requiring "classroom" training to reflect the move to online/electronic training resources
2. Remove language requiring a "notarized" application for temporary assessor certification
3. Reduce the minimum course hours of instruction for an individual continuing education course from 2.5 hours to 30 minutes to reflect the move from classroom to online/electronic instruction
4. Remove requirements to physically mail requests for temporary assessor certification
5. Require DOR to review assessor certification levels and justification every five years as opposed to a decennial (10-year) basis
6. Additional updates to clarify confusing or contradictory language
Summary of, and comparison with, existing or proposed federal regulation: There is no existing or proposed federal regulation addressing the subject regulated by the rule.
Comparison with rules in adjacent states:
- Illinois: 4 year certification, IAAO designation or Appraisal Institute designation acceptable. Continuing education requirements: 30 hours total (15 exams and graded, 15 non-graded) A minimum passing score of 70%; to be CIAO – Certified Illinois Assessing Officer, must have 60 hours of maintenance education over 4 years. 18 different classes offered by the IL DOR.
- Iowa: must take an exam with 70% or better score. Must have 2 years of appraisal experience to be appointed to an assessor position otherwise considered a temporary certification and named a provisional assessor and directed by revenue to take education within 18 months. Continuing education requirements: 150 hours over 6 years mandatory program (90 of 150 require an exam), 70 hours over 5 years for voluntary program. Mandatory certification for appointment and re-appointment require courses, examination and experience. Voluntary designation program requires courses, exam, appraisal report and 3 years of experience. Voluntary program is through the Institute of Iowa Certified Assessors. IAAO CAE designation fulfills the voluntary Iowa Certified Assessor requirements.
- Michigan: pre-cert education or pass exam to be an assessor. 4 certification levels:
1. MCAT – 3 day course with an exam
2. MCAO – 6 month training course, with exam
3. MAAO – advanced level twelve month program with a comprehensive exam plus USPSP course
4. MMAO – one year MAAO designation, one year experience in an assessing office, 12 month program with exam. Also acceptable if IAAO CAE designation and pass the Michigan Property Tax Admin exam.
Continuing education requirements: 16 hours per year. Only 4 hours can be online.
- Minnesota: 4 certification levels: CMA, CMAS, AMA, SAMA; must be licensed by state board of assessors within 4 years. IAAO courses cannot be sole education for certification. MAI from Appraisal institute is an adequate substitute in place of CMA.
1. CMA – Certified Minnesota Assessor
2. CMAS – Certified Minnesota Assessor Specialist
3. AMA – Accredited Minnesota Assessor
4. SAMA – Senior Accredited Minnesota Assessor
Continuing education requirements: 40 hours during a 4 year period for two levels and includes ethics. 50 hours during 4 year period for the higher 2 levels and includes ethics and PACE sources. IAAO courses accepted.
Summary of factual data and analytical methodologies: The Department performed a comparative analysis of the certification process in other states. The Department evaluated the current statutory language and recent statutory changes to reevaluate the rules scope and purpose in relation to training and certification. The Department solicited feedback from interested parties during the entirety of the rule making process.
Analysis and supporting documents used to determine effect on small business or in preparation of economic impact analysis: There is no state fiscal effect. The changes will potentially decrease local government costs for travel, training, and temporary assessor certifications by an unknown amount.
These proposed rules are not expected to have an economic impact on small businesses, as defined in s. 227.114 (1), Stats. The department did solicit feedback and encouraged interested parties (including assessors, local officials, and others) to provide written or other comment to the Department.
Anticipated costs incurred by private sector: There is no state fiscal effect. The changes will potentially decrease local government costs for travel, training, and temporary assessor certifications by an unknown amount.
These proposed rules are not expected to have an economic impact on the private sector.
Effect on small business: There is no state fiscal effect. The changes will potentially decrease local government costs for travel, training, and temporary assessor certifications by an unknown amount.
These proposed rules are not expected to have an economic impact on small businesses, as defined in s. 227.114 (1), Stats.