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Posted on: March 7, 2017

Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting

The Wayzata Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Wayzata City Hall. When you review your property tax statement later in March, please note that your property tax is determined by the following four factors: the amount of money spent by local taxing jurisdictions; the impact of the market value exclusion credit; the taxable market value of your property; and your property classification. The Board of Appeal and Equalization will address the objections to the market value or property classifications of your property.


STEPS TO APPEAL YOUR PROPERTY VALUE:

What should you do if you believe the estimated market value 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 of your property is higher than comparable properties, 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.

Step 2 – Attend Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting*

If, after discussion, you still feel you have information to support an appeal, you should attend the Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting on April 4. 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:

1.  Residents who have met with the City Assessor but were unable to come to a mutual agreement on the estimated market value of your

     property.

2.  Residents presenting their cases in advance of the meeting by letter or email.

3.  Residents who have come directly to the Board without advance notice or without contacting the City Assessor prior to the meeting.


* 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 within three business days of the Board’s decision. The Board may decide to hold a reconvened meeting for the purpose of considering the appeals presented on April 4. New appeals will not be heard at the reconvened meeting.

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