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2011 assessment notices sent March 18

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Assessment notices for Stevens County residents' taxes to be paid in 2012 will be arriving shortly, and appointments can be made to meet with the Local Board of Appeal and Equilization.


Here's information about the assessment process:

•The Local Board of Appeal and Equalization notices are for the 2011 assessment taxes payable in 2012. This should not be confused with the tax statements, which are for the 2010 assessment taxes payable in 2011.

•The sales ratio period used for the 2011 assessment are sales that took place between Oct. 1, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2010.

•Every taxable parcel will receive a card in the county.

•There will be two years of information on the card.

•Cards will be sent out for the county beginning March 18, 2011.

•You need to make an appointment for the Morris City Local Board of Appeal and Equalization. Appointments are made with the County Assessor's office and property is viewed prior to making an appointment at the Morris Local Board of Appeal and Equalization. Only the folders of the taxpayers who made appointments with the Assessor's Office are brought to the Morris Local Board of Appeal and Equalization.

Recommendations are made at the time of the board meeting because property has already been viewed.

•Before attending any Local Board of Appeal and Equalization it is important to call the office and discuss questions. A lot of the questions can be answered prior to the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization, and taxpayers will be more informed before attending the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization.

The Assessor's Office will also help taxpayers set up an appointment with the local assessor in your taxing district if we cannot answer the questions in the office.

•Anyone wishing to attend the County Board of Appeal and Equalization must first attend the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization.

Appointments have to be made for the County Board of Appeal and Equalization with the County Assessor. Only taxpayers with appointments will be on the agenda for the County Board of Appeal and Equalization.

Here are some of the changes that were made for the 2011 assessment:

Tillable land

•Raised tillable land on average of 10 percent. Varies by township because of sales.

•Average estimated market value of tillable land is $3,183 an acre for Stevens County.

•The sale prices range from the lowest at $2,267 to the highest at $6,336 per tillable acre for the sales period from October 2009 through September 2010.

Rural Residential


•Building values vary by township by sales that took place in each taxing district. All Rural Residential Land was increased in the County varies by taxing district.

City of Morris


•Increases and decreases are done by neighborhoods. There will be an average increase or decrease between 0 percent and 3 percent.

•If you received an increase, so did your neighborhood. This does not include new construction.

City of Morris

Commercial, Apartments

•Adjustments were made on some commercial property. Some areas of commercial land were increased. Some commercial building values are being adjusted also for equalization purposes.

Residential property in Hancock, Alberta, Donnelly and Chokio

•City values were adjusted for equalization purposes only no city wide increases.

Call the County Assessor's Office with any questions at (320) 208-6550.

Remember that even if estimated market values increase it does not mean property taxes will increase -- valuation is only the first step in the process.

The Minnesota Legislature and local tax levies by schools, the county and local taxing districts are also part of the process.