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When you review your property valuation notice in March, please note that your property tax is determined by the following four factors:
If you disagree with the third or fourth factor, then you can appeal your property value with the Board of Appeal and Equalization. By law, only objections to the market value or property classifications of your property for the 2019 values for taxes payable in 2020 will be addressed. The Board will not discuss your current property taxes.
STEPS TO APPEAL YOUR PROPERTY VALUE:
What should you do if you believe the estimated market value or classification of your property is higher than other comparable properties?
Step 1 – Discuss this information with the City Assessor
If you believe that the estimated market value or classification of your property is incorrect, your first step should be to contact the City Assessor. He may be able to answer your questions without requiring your presence at the Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting. Call the City’s Assessor, Southwest Assessing, at 763-473-3978 to discuss this issue in greater detail. Please call immediately after receiving your value notice.
Step 2 – Attend Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting*
If, after the Assessor has reviewed your property value and classification and you disagree with their findings, you still feel you have information to support an appeal, you should attend the Wayzata Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting on Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Wayzata City Hall. Remember that the property owner is responsible for presenting evidence to the Board as to why the market value as determined by the assessor is not fair and equitable.
Appeals at the Board of Appeal and Equalization will be considered in the following order:
* Residents will be allowed three minutes to present their appeal to the Board. After the Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting, residents will be notified with the Board’s decision. The Board may decide to hold a reconvened meeting for the purpose of considering the appeals presented on April 2. New appeals will not be heard at the reconvened meeting.