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An on line journal sharing my views. The content reflects my background as a rural person employed in agriculture and as a retired elected official of local government.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Notes from a visit with the County Assessor

The Nicollet County Board of Commissioners had the opportunity to be briefed by our county assessor, Doreen Pehrson and ALL of her staff this week. Here are of a few of the notes I took.
In a year or two the county will have all parcels of property on the Vanguard and then information will be available on line. For example, if someone wanted to obtain information on every house that sold between $100,000 and $125,000 in a certain locality, they could do that. There will be the ability to search by parcel number, address, or price range.There may even be a map available so properties could be accessed with a point and click arrangement.
Valuations for building sites continue to increase. In the western part of the county it is typical to pay between $110,000 to $120,000 for a 10 acre bare piece of ground that is buildable.
The assessor’s office appraises 15,000 parcels once a year.The valuation is not a determinate of taxes. The valuation only determines what portion of the tax pie you will pay. end


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