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1. a person who evaluates the merits, importance, etc., of something, esp (in Britain) work prepared as part of a course of study
2. a person with technical expertise called in to advise a court on specialist matters



a judicial official in ancient Rome, in medieval Europe, and in some bourgeois states such as Germany. In Russia, Peter I created the post of assessor on the staffs of the Senate, the Synod, the courts, and the other Collegiums. This post was gradually abolished in the second half of the 19th century. (It was retained longest in the provincial governments.) The rank corresponding to this post—col-legial assessor, the eighth civilian rank in the Table of Ranks—existed until the overthrow of tsarism in 1917.

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Scheid, president and regional tax assessor at Regional Resource Group, at the company headquarters in Leominster.
Consistent media attention to the ANDP/RCLCO research over the last ten months in local news outlets helped to raise public awareness, keep tax assessors accountable, and fuel legislative efforts at the Georgia General Assembly to close the gap between home prices and tax appraised values.
In March 2002, the tax assessor scandal was the highlight at a hearing conducted by State Assemblyman Scott Stringer (D-Manhattan) in the Bar Building at which Stephen Spinola, president of the Real Estate Board of New York, testified along with several city officials.
This effort to use the judgments of local tax assessors is a followup of a study that attempted to isolate major factors that confound the negative impact of hazardous waste sites on property values.
In February, 18 tax assessors were indicted for taking bribes in exchange for lower tax bills, a scheme that cost the city $40 million a year in lost revenues.
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25, 18 current or former New York City Tax Assessors employed by the New York City Department of Finance, Property Division, Real Property Assessments Unit were arrested on federal racketeering, bribery and mail fraud charges.