Sampson County tax administrator Jim Johnson received his certification as tax collector at the annual North Carolina Tax Collectors’ Conference in Asheville last month, the culmination of years of work since being appointed as Tax Office head nearly three years ago.
“This fulfills all the requirements that were listed when I was appointed in July 2011,” Johnson stated.
County manager Ed Causey lauded Johnson for the accomplishment.
“When you appointed Jim Johnson as tax administrator in July 2011, your appointment for him was a little different than some in that there were some requirements and course certifications that he had to take, and he has now completed all of those,” Causey told the Board of Commissioners during a recent meeting. “I think he has distinguished himself.”
N.C. General Statutes require that county commissioners appoint a county assessor/administrator to serve a term of not less than two years nor more than four years. Johnson was initially appointed on July 5, 2011 to that minimum two-year term, mandated for a new tax administrator until the provisions of the state law are met.
Johnson was re-appointed by the Sampson County Board of Commissioners for a four-year term last year after passing several courses of instruction approved by the Department of Revenue covering state laws governing listing, appraisal and assessment of property for taxation; theory and practice in estimating fair market value of real and personal property for ad valorem tax purposes; and property assessment administration.
Upon completion of the required four courses, Johnson also had to achieve a passing grade in a comprehensive examination in property tax administration conducted by the Department of Revenue, as outlined by state statute.
He recently fulfilled the final obligations of his certification.
Johnson has been with the Sampson County Tax Office since November 2005, working as a real estate appraiser for six years until being appointed to the administrator position.
In his years at the helm, Johnson has overseen the implementation of new software that has overhauled the way the Tax Office is run and brought property tax information and services online. Commissioners lauded Johnson for his work, diligence and “positive attitude.”
“We have a number of positions that require a little bit of a challenge in public relations. Mr. Johnson, the way he has dealt with the public in some of the challenges he has had, I will tell you categorically and whole-heartedly he’s exceeded any expectation I’ve had,” Causey said. “I think he’s just done a tremendous job.”
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