A Memo from Wright County Assessor Tony Rasmuson
Cancellation of the Wright County Open Book Meeting on April 9th, 2020
“Due to concerns over the health and safety of Wright County property owners and employees, the Open Book meeting scheduled to occur on April 9th at the Wright County Courthouse has been cancelled.
“Open Book meetings are informal meetings held by County Assessor staff that provide an opportunity for property owners to appeal their valuation and classification. These meetings do not have any statutory requirements to comply with open meeting laws and are not considered formal meetings of local government. The decision to cancel the in-person meeting on April 6th has been done in accordance with Minnesota Department of Revenue guidelines and Wright County’s decision to close public facing services.
“The Wright County Assessor’s Office Employees continue to be available to assist property owners in understanding their valuations and classifications. We are encouraging property owners who have concerns to reach out to our office directly to resolve any issues. If a property owner continues to have concerns, they retain the option to appeal to the County Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting scheduled for Monday, June 15th, 2020.
“While holding an “open book” meeting provides a specific date and time for property owners to come into our office, this meeting is essentially “open” until the June 8th, 2020 deadline for property owners to make an appointment for the County Board meeting. Our appraisers will continue to work with property owners to resolve any appeals using all tools available to them with the exception of face to face interaction. We will not be conducting any physical inspections, whether interior or exterior, of any property until further notice. Appraisers will utilize tools such as aerial photography, GIS technology, real estate listings, interviews with property owners, contractors, brokers, private fee appraisers and realtors to provide the investigation and review that all property owners deserve. It is our expectation that all concerns will continue to be addressed to fullest extent possible and with the best interest of the property owner in mind. The attached notice of cancellation will be posted at the Wright County Courthouse and on our website. We are requesting that you also post this notice on the door of your City or Township Hall to assist in notifying property owners of this change. Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we navigate these difficult times.”
Cities and townships that are affected by the Open Book meeting that were supposed to be part of the April 9 meeting prior to the cancellation include the Cities of Buffalo, Clearwater, Cokato, Delano, Maple Lake, Monticello, Montrose, South Haven and Waverly, as well as Chatham, Clearwater and Silver Creek Townships.
In addition, Rasmuson said that his office will not be conducting any physical inspections, whether interior or exterior, on any property until further notice. The assessor’s office can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or by calling (763) 682-7367.