Annie Peebles
Annie Peebles
Tax assessors and appraisers from throughout Mississippi recently participated in the Certified Appraiser School at Mississippi State University including Annie Peebles, Neshoba County, Deputy Tax Collector/Bookeeper.

The March 3-7 and March 17-21 training sessions were conducted by the Mississippi Department of Revenue and coordinated by the MSU Extension Service's Center for Government and Community Development (GCD). The 16 participants included Annie Peebles.

The Mississippi Tax Assessor Education and Certification Program was developed in 1979 for assessors and appraisers to acquire legislatively mandated certification, said Jason Camp, GCD Extension Associate.

"Assessors and appraisers are members of a profession requiring a high level of competence," Camp said. "The program offers on-going educational opportunities for Mississippi's assessors and appraisers to gain greater expertise and professionalism. The ultimate beneficiaries of the program are the citizens of the state who receive improved services from their state and local governments."

Ten days of intensive training are held during two five-day sessions each year on the MSU campus.

GCD project manager Jason Camp facilitated the 2014 sessions.

The assessor school subjects include mapping, urban and agricultural land valuation and preparing and maintaining tax rolls, as well as individual sessions on appraisal of residential, personal and commercial property.

Participants are required to pass two exams during the course.

In addition to coordinating the Tax Assessor Education and Certification Program, the GCD staff at Mississippi State design and deliver educational programs, training activities, information and technical assistance to meet high priority economic and community development needs of Mississippi communities and their citizens.