Appeal and Equilization notices out March 19
Local Board of Appeal and Equilization notices will be sent out on March 19, according to Stevens County Assessor Judy Thorstad.
The notices are for the 2010 assessment of taxes payable in 2011.
Anyone with questions about their notice must contact the County Assessor's Office at (320) 208-6550 to make an appointment with the board of appeal.
Here's Local Board of Appeal and Equilization information from the County Assessor's Office:
1. The Local Board of Appeal and Equalization notices are for the 2010 Assessment taxes payable in 2011. Not to be confused with the tax statements which are for the 2009 assessment taxes payable in 2010.
2. Sales ratio period used for the 2010 assessment are sales that took place between Oct. 1, 2008 through Sept. 30, 2009.
3. Every taxable parcel will receive a card in the county.
4. There will be two years of information on the card.
5. Cards will be sent out for the county on March 19, 2010.
6. 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 that made appointments with our 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.
7. Before attending any Local Board of Appeal and Equalization it is important to call the office and discuss the questions you have. A lot of the questions can be answered prior to the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization and also the taxpayer is more informed before attending the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization.
We will also help you set up an appointment with the local assessor in your taxing district if we cannot answer the questions in the office.
8. Copy of the Equalization card front and back. On the back is listed the appeal process.
9. If you want to attend the County Board of Appeal and Equalization you 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.
10. Some of the changes that were made for the 2010 assessment:
Raised tillable land average of 10 percent. Varies by township because of sales.
Average estimated market value of tillable land is $2,949 an acre for Stevens County.
The sale prices range from the lowest at $2,608 to the highest at $4,801 per tillable acre for the sales period from October 2008 through October 2009.
Rural Residential Property:
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 Residential:
Increases & decreases are done by neighborhoods. They will be an average increase or decrease between 0 percent to 5 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 City, Alberta City, Donnelly City and Chokio City:
City values were adjusted for equalization purposes only no city wide increases.
Call the office with any questions: 320-208-6550.
Remember that even though estimated market values increase does not mean your property tax will increase. Valuation is only the first step in the process. The State Legislature and local tax levies by schools, the county and local taxing districts are also part of the process.