Property Assessment Appeals
The county’s estimate of what the property would sell for (valuation) and our determination of how the property is used (classification) can be appealed if the property owner or taxpayer does not agree with the assessment.
Mower County mails out a notice of valuation and classification each year in early spring. This notice lists information about the assessment and provides instructions for appealing.
There are two avenues of appeal that property owners may take to challenge their assessments.
Three-Step Appeal Process
The three-step appeal has no costs associated with it:
- Property owners are encouraged to contact the property appraiser by calling (507) 437-9440 or by emailing the appraiser responsible for your property type and location. Many property owner concerns can be resolved by speaking with an appraiser.
- If your questions or concerns are not resolved, you may appear before the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization or attend the open book meeting in your community. These meetings are held in April or May. Please reference your valuation notice or contact your appraiser to find out the time and place of the meeting. Your appeal can be made in person, through a letter, or through an authorized representative.
- If your questions or concerns are not resolved at the local Board of Appeal and Equalization, you may appear before the County Board of Appeal and Equalization in mid-June. Please contact the Assessor’s Office at (507) 437-9440 to be placed on the agenda for the Board. Property owners who appeal their assessments at this level must have first appeared before the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization.
One-Step Appeal Process
The one-step appeal does have costs associated. The one-step appeal process bypasses both the local and County Boards of Appeal or it may be used after the other appeals. This process involves making an appeal to the Minnesota Tax Court. This tax court is specialized and hears appeals related to taxes. There are filing requirements and deadlines when choosing this route.
Petitions to the Minnesota Tax Court must be filed on or before April 30 of the year the tax becomes payable. More information is available from the Minnesota Tax Court website or call (651) 539-3260.