The Rice County Assessor's Office has canceled the informal Open Book meetings scheduled for April 13th due to COVID-19 concerns.  County Assessor Paul Knutson however wants people to know this does not affect your right to appeal.

You can simply call the Rice County Assessor's Office at 507-332-6102.  Only Forest township retained their Local Board of Appeal and Equalization.  They have given their meetings to Rice County and those resident may also simply call the Assessor's Office at 507-332-6102.

In a news release from the Rice County Assessor's Office it states:

"Governor Walz has declared an emergency under Chapter 12, therefore if the board decided to forego a virtual meeting and proceed with in-person meeting, the board is required to also allow any board member, county representative, and/or taxpayer to virtually attend the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting.  Most facilities do not have the technology available for use in the short time before the scheduled meetings."

Recently Rice County taxpayers received Valuation Notices for 2020 values for taxes payable in 2021.  The Valuation Notice also described a process to appeal your value or classification.  That process is not happening so that's why the Rice County Assessor's Office wanted to inform taxpayers who have an issue with their valuation or classification of property they could simply phone their office at 507-332-6102.

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