When a mass appraisal company is contracted with a locality to perform mass appraisal services, is the county administration/employees able to set specific criteria that would directly impact the value conclusion? For instance, the county administration announces a new policy that prevents the reassessment company from changing the grade/quality rating of the dwellings throughout the county. Further, the county administration informs the reassessment company to change the condition/depreciation in order to raise or lower the value to reach the desired value conclusion, regardless of whether or not the quality of construction is accurate.
The last section of the jurisdictional exception rule states,
“Law includes constitutions, legislative and court-made law, and administrative rules and ordinances. Regulations include rules or orders having legal force, issued by an administrative agency. Instructions from a client or attorney do not establish a jurisdictional exception.”
Does this scenario constitute an administrative rule or instructions from a client?