The Washington County Assessor's Office is responsible for establishing the market value
and determining classification (use) of property located within Washington County. The
Assessor's Office also maintains the County's property database and is the primary source
of property information for interdepartmental and community use.
Under Minnesota Statute 273.08, the appraiser is required to physically
review each property at least once every five years. The appraiser may
visit your property at shorter intervals for any of the following reasons:
New construction as a result of a permit - may stop each year until the work is completed
Appeals - for example, as part of an appeal to the Local Board or a tax petition
Verifying Information - if an error is found or incorrect value is on the record
Minnesota statute 273.03 defines market value as "...the usual selling price at the time of
assessment." The Assessor's Office works throughout the year to establish market values of
each property for the following January 2nd assessment date.
Property owners who have questions or concerns regarding their market value or classification of their property
are encouraged to contact the appraiser responsible for their area by calling (651) 430-6175.
In most cases, an interior inspection will be necessary
Most concerns can be resolved after speaking to an appraiser
If your questions or concerns are not resolved after talking to your appraiser, you may appear before the Local Board of Appeal and
Equalization or appeal to the County Board of Appeal and Equalization. PLEASE REFERENCE YOUR VALUATION NOTICE OR CALL YOUR
APPRAISER TO FIND OUT THE TIME AND PLACE OF THE MEETING HELD IN YOUR COMMUNITY!
Appeals can be made in person, by representative or by written request (letter)
If property owners are not satisfied with the action taken by the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization, they may appear before a second
board: The County Board of Appeal and Equalization*
Deadline to be put on the agenda for the County Board of Appeal and Equalization is May 18, 2016
The 2016 County Board of Appeal and Equalization is scheduled for June 14, 2016
*Property owners who appeal their assessments to the County Board of Appeal and Equalization must have first appeared before their
Local Board of Appeal and Equalization, if they choose to have their grievances acted upon by this Board.
If property owners still feel aggrieved as a result of the action (or inaction) taken by this Board, they may file a petition in
Minnesota Tax Court. All MN Tax Court appeals must be filed on or before April 30th of the year the tax becomes due.