Judd W. Simmons, Assessor
Anne D. Spiess, Chief Deputy
1015 Fair Street, Prescott, AZ 86305
Ph: 928-771-3220 - Fax 928-771-3181
10 S. 6th St., Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Ph: 928-639-8121 - Fax 928-639-8104
The mission of the Yavapai County Assessor’s Office is to proficiently and effectively comply with all applicable statutes, procedures, and regulations of the State of Arizona in producing an accurate annual assessment roll for use by the public and by governmental agencies.
The vision of the Yavapai County Assessor’s Office is to be the most professional, ethical, efficient, accurate, and technologically advanced assessor’s office nationwide.
Although the county government employs the staff of the Yavapai County Assessor’s Office, the staff is ultimately answerable to the people of Yavapai County. In this role, the staff serves as Guardians of the Public Trust and adheres to the following values:
Teamwork – The staff will seek cooperative relationships with each other and with other departments of the county government in order to provide improved and efficient services to the public.
Integrity – The staff will faithfully and impartially follow the laws, regulations, and procedures of the State of Arizona in the performance of their duties.
Respect – The staff will treat everyone in a respectful, dignified, courteous, ethical, and professional manner.
Excellence – The staff will strive to continually improve the procedures, processes, and technology of the office.
Responsibility – The staff will value and safeguard the trust bestowed upon them by the public.
- Fair and equitable assessments for all taxpayers.
- Uniformity in the valuation processes for vacant, residential, commercial, and personal properties.
- Adherence to the statutes and guidelines set forth by the State Legislature and Department of Revenue.
- Working with other County, City and State departments to reduce excess redundancy in work.
- Continue to provide and attend training programs to meet Department of Revenue continuing education requirements and International Association of Assessing Officers’ designation program requirements, while being fiscally responsible and conservative with taxpayer funds.
- Continue to accomplish statutory requirements while working unitedly with County Management.
- Work with the Assessor Association and the Department of Revenue to improve the property tax system.
- Hiring of qualified staff.
- COVID-19 related shortages.
- Limited training availability for required continuing education.
- Limited training availability required for employee certification program.
- Improve working relationship with Department of Revenue - Ongoing.
- Cross training staff – Ongoing.
Assessor Jobs That Benefit The County
- Increase in appraisals due to significant growth and new construction.
- Special reports, maps on demand and other requests for information that are completed for the public will amount to approximately $28,000.00 this fiscal year in the general fund.
Travel And Meeting Expenses That Exceed $750/Individual
DOR Classes – Phoenix/Tucson/Flagstaff Area
Mandated certifications and continuing education requirement.
IAAO Conference – Boston, MA
Travel will include Transportation, Lodging, Registration, Incidentals and Per Diem for Assessor or Chief Deputy Assessor. The IAAO conference contributes to continuing education requirements as well as important networking with other professionals that are required to establish ad valorem valuations.
Harris User Conference – Colorado
Travel will include Airfare, Car Rental, Lodging, Incidentals and Per Diem for Assessor Program Administrator. Conference contributes to continuing education requirements. This conference is focused primarily on the Assessor’s valuation system (Real Ware).
IAAO Classes – Phoenix/Tucson Area
Staff member designation classes/continuing education requirements, includes Lodging, Registration, Incidentals and Per Diem.
Miscellaneous Conferences – Various Locations
Includes Tax Conference, Arizona Association of Assessing Officer meetings (AAAO), Arizona Association of Counties (AACo) meetings, AZ Realware User Group meetings for Harris Counties, etc. Each of these conferences also contribute to continuing education requirements.