Joined: Aug. 2003
||Posted on: Sep. 28 2011,12:27 pm
Well one you can take in account the crime rate in the last few years were you live document that and compare to the national average of property values in the same market with no crime and those with crime. Distance from emergency services is also a factor to be considered and the current sale of like property in the area. The there is a form you can fill out.
Step One: City or Town Board of Review
Your first official opportunity to appeal your property valuation or class is at the City or Town Board of Review. It is suggested that you call the Assessor's office at the telephone number listed on your Value Notice, and discuss your concerns and ask any questions you may have. You may ask for an appointment for a physical review of your property. You may make your appeal in person, through a designated representative, or by sending a letter. If your appeal is unsuccessful, proceed to step two. NOTE: If you do not first appeal to the local Board of Review, your appeal cannot be heard by the County Board of Equalization.
Step Two: County Board of Equalization
Appeals to the County Board of Equalization can be made in person, through a designated representative or by sending a letter. To schedule an appointment for your appeal, call the County Auditor's office at the number shown on your Value Notice. If you are dissatisfied with the results of your appeal to the County Board of Equalization, you may continue your appeal to step three, the Minnesota Tax Court.
Step Three: Tax Court
There are two divisions of the Minnesota Tax Court: The Small Claims and Regular Division.
The Small Claims Division will hear appeals involving homestead property providing there is only one dwelling unit per parcel per petition, or any property with an estimated market value of less than $300,000. The Small Claims Division is quite informal with a more relaxed atmosphere than the Regular Division. The proceedings are not recorded and the decisions do not set legal precedent. All decisions of the Small Claims Division are final and cannot be appealed to another court. The cost of filing may be obtained by calling the Carver County Court Administrator's number.
The Regular Division will hear all appeals. The Regular Division is more formal than the Small Claims Division. Taxpayers are often represented by an attorney. Ordinary rules of court and evidence apply and the proceedings are recorded. Decisions of the Regular Division can be appealed to a higher court. The cost of filing an appeal may be obtained by calling the Carver County Court Administrator's number.
Appeals may be made directly to the Regular Division of the Minnesota Tax Court without utilizing the City or Town Board of Review and the County Board of Equalization. The Regular Division is described above.
Information About Filing in Tax Court
All appeals to Tax Court must be filed on or before April 30th of the year the tax becomes payable. Specific instructions on how to appeal to Tax Court, as well as forms for same, can be obtained by visiting the Minnesota Tax Court website, by contacting the Minnesota Tax Court at 25 Constitution Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55155, or from the Carver County Court Administrator's office.
For more information on the assessment process, you may contact the Minnesota Department of Revenue at www.taxes.state.mn.us.
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