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Land services begins annual property review process

Crow Wing County Land Services will begin Monday, May 20, the state-mandated "quintile" process of physically viewing 20% of the parcels within the county for property valuations effective in 2019.

State statute requires each county to review properties annually to verify the accuracy and completeness of assessment records used to determine property taxes. This year, property assessors will view about 9,000 parcels countywide.

"Property owners may see assessors verifying information about their property including, size, quality, homestead status and conditions of improvements," Sam Bedard, assessing services manager, stated in a news release.

"Assessors will also be able to answer property owners' questions about the process. Assessors will always display their county identification badges, and vehicles will display county markers." Business cards will be left with customers if no one is home during the visit, and some customers may receive a follow-up letter requesting an interior review if necessary.

Information from the 2019 review will be reflected in the 2020 property tax assessment. Property valuations are primarily determined by analyzing sales information on similar properties throughout the county. Official notice of the 2020 assessment will be mailed to property owners beginning in March of next year.

"We are committed to fairly and accurately valuing property for tax purposes. Annual physical reviews of property is an essential tool in maintaining accurate, uniform and consistent property valuations," Bedard said in the release.

Property owners may contact the office at landservices@crowwing.us or 218-824-1010 with any questions they may have about valuation and classification process.

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