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Important Appeal Information


Property and Tax Info Page  ||  Assessments Info Page

Informal Appeal Options

The Preliminary Market Value Review/Open Book Meeting is to discuss concerns relating to the 2014 Estimated Market Value for Taxes Payable in 2015.  The Assessor's Office cannot address an appeal of the taxes or the 2013 Estimated Market Value for Taxes Payable in 2014 at this time.  An appeal of the 2013 Estimated Market Value can only be appealed through the Minnesota Tax Court, on or before April 30, 2014.

Call the Assessor's Office First

If you have questions or disagree with the classification or Estimated Market Value of your property for 2014, please contact the Assessor's Office at 651-266-2131 to discuss your concerns.  Often your issues can be resolved over the phone.  Please be aware that you will:

  • Not speak with an appraiser immediately
  • Be asked to provide information regarding your concern
  • Receive a return phone call from an appraiser within 2-3 days
  • Need to have an appraiser come to your property to perform an interior review prior to any value adjustment
Attend an Open Book Meeting

If you still have questions after contacting the Assessor's Office, you may attend an Open Book Meeting to discuss your concerns with the Assessor.  The meeting times and location are indicated on the front of the valuation statement, and are also listed below. 

  • Please bring any documentation (such as a recent appraisal or sale of the property) supporting your claim of overvaluation or erroneous classification with you to the meeting. 
  • An interior review of your property will be required prior to any value adjustment. 
  • Based on the documentation you bring and our personal review of your property, we may be able to adjust the valuation or classification of your property without further appeals. 
  • You will be notified by mail of the Assessor's findings.

Dates and Times:

  • April 7, 2014-- 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • April 8, 2014-- 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Ramsey County Property Records and Revenue building, 90 W. Plato Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55107.

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Formal Appeal Options

If your questions or concerns are not resolved after meeting with the Assessor, you have two formal appeal options:

Option 1: County Board of Appeal and Equalization

You may request a formal review by the County Assessor by completing a County Board of Appeal and Equalization form, which can be obtained from our office by calling 651-266-2131.

  • Include documentation supporting your appeal, such as an appraisal or recent sale of the property.
  • Appeal forms must be received or postmarked by May 2, 2014.
  • Your appeal application will be reviewed and an interior inspection will be scheduled.
  • You will be notified by mail of the Assessor's findings.

If you disagree with the Assessor's findings, you may appear before the County Board of Appeal and Equalization in person, through a letter, or through an authorized representative.

The 2014 County Board of Appeal and Equalization will meet at the Ramsey County Property Records and Revenue building, 90 W. Plato Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55107.

  • The Board will convene June 16, 2014 and conclude on or before June 27, 2014.
  • The appointment times will be scheduled from 9:00 am to either 5:00 pm or 7:00 pm.
  • You must call 651-266-2131 in advance to be scheduled on the Board's agenda.
  • All appearances are by appointment only.
  • You will be notified by mail of the Board's findings.
Option 2: Minnesota Tax Court

An appeal of the 2013 Estimated Market Value for Taxes Payable in 2014 must be filed with the court on or before April 30, 2014.  For more information on how to file a petition, please read the 7-Step Guide to Filing in Minnesota Tax Court.

Small Claims Division Court

You may take your case directly to the Small Claims Division of Tax Court if:

  • The Assessor’s estimated market value of your property is less than $300,000; or
  • The entire parcel is classified as a residential Homestead and the parcel contains no more than one dwelling unit; or 
  • You are appealing the denial of the Homestead classification.

Filing fee for Small Claims Division is $150, plus the $10 Law Library fee. Contact the Court Administrator's Office for additional fee information.  

Regular Division Court

Regardless of your property type or the nature of your claim, you always have the option to file directly with the Regular Division of Tax Court.  As mentioned, you must submit your appeal of Taxes Payable in 2014 by April 30, 2014.

Filing fee for Regular Division is $310, plus the $10 Library fee. Contact the Court Administrator's Office for additional fee information.

For more information, contact the Minnesota Tax Court.

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Notice for Petitioners with Income-Producing Property

Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 278.05, subd. 6, the petitioner contesting the value of income-producing property must provide the county assessor with income and expense figures in the form of: 

  1. A year-end financial statement for the year prior to the assessment date
  2. A year-end financial statement for the year of the assessment date
  3. A rent roll on or near the assessment date listing the tenant name(s), lease start and end dates, base rent, square footage leased, and vacant space
  4. Identification of all lease agreements not disclosed on a rent roll, listing the tenant name(s), lease start and end dates, base rent, square footage leased, and vacant space
  5. Net rentable square footage of the building or buildings
  6. Anticipated income and expenses in the form of a proposed budget for the year subsequent to the year of the assessment date

**The petitioner must submit these to the assessor no later than August 1 of the tax year under appeal.  If you fail to comply with this requirement, your petition may be dismissed.

You must also submit to the county attorney the appraisal of the property that you intend to use at the trial, at least five (5) days before the trial.  If you do not submit the appraisal on time, you will not be allowed to use it at your trial.