Local property tax meetings scheduled

Many local homeowners will pay a bit more in property taxes this year due to rebounding home values following the Great Recession’s real estate market crash.

Residents living in Oakdale and Lake Elmo with questions about their property-tax assessments are invited to attend one of three “Open Book” meetings hosted by the Washington County assessor’s office this month.

An “Open Book” meeting for Oakdale residents is scheduled at City Hall, 1584 Hadley Ave. N., Wednesday, April 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.  

Lake Elmo residents are encouraged to attend an “Open Book” meeting at the Lake Elmo City Hall, 3800 Laverne Ave. N., Wednesday, April 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Washington County’s director of property records and taxpayer services, Jennifer Wagenius, said the meetings are a chance for homeowners to ensure the assessor’s office has determined the proper value of dwellings for tax purposes.

Homeowners will have an opportunity to ask questions, give feedback and have any errors on property assessments corrected.

Wagenius said the county mails out estimated market value notices to homeowners every March. The estimated market value is used to determine how much a homeowner pays in property taxes, and is calculated based on the amount similar homes in the area have sold for the previous year.

“It’s important to review the valuation and make sure everything is correct,” she said.

Homeowners are encouraged to attend the “Open Book” meeting being held in the city they own property in. For those who cannot make it to their local meeting, a countywide meeting is planned at the Stillwater Government Center, 14949 62nd St. N., on Wednesday, April 22, from 2 to 7 p.m.

People with questions about property values or property taxes can call the Washington County office of property records and taxpayer services at 651-430-6175

-- Joshua Nielsen


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