The Assessor's Office directs, plans and supervises the appraisal and recording of all property assessments in Chippewa County as prescribed by Minnesota Statutes and the directives of the Commissioners of Revenue in order to provide an equitable and efficient system of property appraisal for tax purposes.
The law specifically requires that every fifth year; an appraiser will view the property and record property characteristics that would affect the market value, such as age, size, etc. In addition, properties are to be viewed whenever improvements have been made to the parcel.
Properties are compared with actual sales that have occurred in the market place to determine values. The market value placed on a property by our office should be 90 to 105% of what your property should sell for if placed on the open market.
The Chippewa County Assessor’s Office staff will be physically visiting/viewing specific areas throughout the County this year, where the parcels are part of the five-year rotation required by MN Statutes 273.01 and 273.08. Parcels with ongoing or new construction will be visited through the Fall and Winter. County staff appraisers will be identified as County employees and carry the proper credentials. Staff will leave a tag with contact information for the office, if you are not home.
Staff will be viewing the exterior of your property and ask to view the interior while they are there. Interior inspections are helpful when comparing to like properties to create fair, consistent and equitable valuations. Exterior work may include measuring buildings, decks and patios to verify our information is correct. We will also be taking exterior photos for office use.
If you have concerns with your health and safety, would like to verify the information regarding the interior of your property or have any questions, please call the office at 320-269-7696.
Postcards are being mailed if a staff appraiser is planning to be in your neighborhood. This does not include districts who employ a local assessor. Local assessors will also use safe practices and may send notices out as well. Call one of your local district officials or our office to inquire who does that district's assessing.
For your convenience, a drop box is located by the main entrance to drop off any information or applications for the Assessor's office. Please specify 'Assessor' on the envelope.