Brown County Browser: Property Valuation

The Brown County Assessor’s office is in the process of finishing up values for Assessment 2018. You will be receiving notice of new values mid to late March. This value is used to calculate taxes payable in 2019. Valuation notices are a yellow piece of paper that comes along with the tax statement. Please review this notice and contact the Assessor’s office if you have any questions in regards to the valuation or the classification of your property.

Local Board of Appeal

and Equalization:

Property owners may attend the local board of appeal and equalization meetings that are held annually by townships and cities between April 1st and May 31st at a designated location. The date, time and location of each township/city are indicated on the valuation form you receive. The board must hear all complaints and objections that are made in person, by letter, or through a representative of the owners.

It is the property owner’s responsibility to present market based and/or factual evidence to the local board in order to disprove the assessment and support a value or classification that is different than the value or classification placed by the assessor. The board cannot act on an appeal if a property owner has not allowed the assessor to review the property and make an interior inspection of any building or improvement. Although the assessor is a participant at the meeting, this person cannot vote in matters requiring action. The assessor’s role is to share knowledge about properties and the area real estate market with property owners and to assist the local board in its deliberations. If you wish to attend your jurisdictions local board of appeal and equalization meeting, appointments are encouraged.

County Board of Appeal

and Equalization:

The county board of appeal and equalization meeting is held annually. Members of the county board of appeal and equalization are the county commissioners, along with the county auditor/treasurer. It follows the local board of appeal and equalization in the assessment process. The property owner must have appealed their value or classification to the local board of appeal and equalization in order to appeal to the county board of appeal and equalization, with some exceptions:

1.) An assessment was made by the assessor after the local board meeting that resulted in a valuation or classification change.

2.) The property owner can establish that the notice of valuation and classification was not received at least five days before the local board meeting.

3.) The local board of appeal and equalization has transferred its duties to the county board.

If a property owner wishes to attend the county board of appeal and equalization, an appointment is required and is set up by contacting the Auditor/Treasurer office.



Brown County has scheduled the election judge training required for the 2018 election cycle. We have three trainings geared for our city precincts . . . New Ulm, Sleepy Eye and Springfield. Those dates are June 27 & July 9th from 1:30 to 3:30 and June 28th from 6:30 – 8:30. This training will include instruction on the new vote tabulators and poll books purchased with the Election Grant.

There will be a training for all other polling precincts on July 11 from 6:30-8:30. This training will be geared to precincts that will not have voting equipment at their polling location. Ballots for these precincts will be inserted in a sealed ballot box and returned to the Courthouse for tabulation.

On August 8, 2018 at 1 p.m. the county will also be conducting head judge training and a poll book refresher course. All of the trainings identified will be held in the Law Enforcement Center training room.

Pre-registration for these training opportunities is required. Class sizes are limited to 50 election judges. Please contact your city/township clerk or call the county offices at 507-233-6613 to register.

Election judges are required by Statute to have 2 hours of training and head judges need one additional hour.