Press Release - Appealing to Local Boards



Press Release - Assessors Office

4/1/2020

Due to concerns over the health and safety of Carlton County property owners and employees, the Open Book meetings scheduled to occur on April 16th and April 21st at the Carlton County Courthouse have been cancelled. PLEASE BE AWARE! This does not deny your right to appeal, please contact the Carlton County Assessor’s office at 218-384-9142 to discuss your appeal options. Be assured we are committed to all taxpayers rights to appeal and will handle your concerns as expeditiously as possible.

Open Book meetings are informal meetings held by County Assessor staff that provide an opportunity for property owners to appeal their valuation and classification. These meetings do not have any statutory requirements to comply with open meeting laws and are not considered formal meetings of local government. The decision to cancel the in-person meeting on April 16th and 21st has been done in accordance with Minnesota Department of Revenue guidelines and Carlton County’s decision to close public facing services.

The Carlton County Assessor’s Office Employees continue to be available to assist property owners in understanding their valuations and classifications. We are encouraging property owners who have concerns to reach out to our office directly to resolve any issues. If a property owner continues to have concerns, they retain the option to appeal to the County Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting scheduled for Monday, June 15th, 2020.  The County Board is strongly encouraging appointments for this meeting.

While holding an "open book" meeting provides a specific date and time for property owners to come into our office, this meeting is essentially "open" until the County Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting in June.   Property owners should call 218-384-9142, especially this year, to make an appointment for the County Board meeting.  Appraisers will continue to work with property owners to resolve any appeals using all tools available to them with the exception of face to face interaction at this time. We will not be conducting any physical inspections, whether interior or exterior, of any property until further notice. Appraisers will utilize tools such as aerial photography, GIS technology, real estate listings, and interviews with property owners, contractors, brokers, private fee appraisers and realtors to provide the investigation and review that all property owners deserve. It is our expectation that all concerns will continue to be addressed to fullest extent possible and with the best interest of the property owner in mind. This notice of cancellation will be posted at the Carlton County Courthouse and on our website as well. We are requesting that you also post this notice on the door of your City or Township Hall to assist in notifying property owners of this change. Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we navigate these difficult times.

Cities and townships that are affected by the Open Book meeting that were supposed to be part of the April 16th meeting prior to the cancellation include the townships of Automba, Holyoke, Mahtowa, Kalevala, Split Rock, Clear Creek, Corona, Sawyer, Progress, and Red Cover.  For the meeting on the 21st the Cities of Wright, Cromwell, Carlton, Barnum, Scanlon, Wrenshall and Cloquet are impacted.

In addition, the Carlton County Assessor’s office will not be conducting any physical inspections, whether interior or exterior, on any property until further notice. The hope is that by moving the appeals out to May and June this will allow time for restrictions upon staff to be listed and full inspections can resume thereby minimizing the impact to our taxpayers in Carlton County.   This is being done and is intended to preserve every taxpayer’s rights to a fair and equitable assessment as has always been the case.  The assessor’s office can be reached by email by going to the Carlton County website, under departments, contact your assessor or by calling (218) 384 -9142.