2024 Local Board of Appeals & Equalization Scheduled for April 30

The 2024 Columbus Local Board of Appeals and Equalization (LBAE) meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 at City Hall (16319 Kettle River Blvd).

At this meeting, the Columbus City Council becomes the LBAE and certifies the Anoka County Assessor's Office's Estimated Market Value (EMV) for every parcel in the City. A property's 2024 EMV will be utilized in the County's formula to determine that parcel's property taxes payable in 2025.

This meeting is a Columbus landowner's only opportunity to appeal their commercial or residential property's 2024 EMV. Attendees sign-in when they arrive and are heard by the board at the hearing. Property owners contesting their EMV are encouraged to propose an alternative valuation to the board for their consideration and be prepared to justify their case.

After the property owner's appeal, the LBAE can make a reduction in the value, leave the value unchanged or, with the consent of the assessor, request the assessor to work with the owner for a value equalization between those two parties.

A process is in place for property owners to further appeal their parcel's EMV at the county level should they disagree with any decision of the LBAE.

Can't make it to the LBAE meeting, or want to get started on the process earlier? The Assessor's office can take action on properties' EMV as soon as today. Call 763-323-5400 and ask to speak with the assessor assigned to Columbus to initiate the process, or call Interim City Administrator Jack Davis (651-419-9011) at Columbus City Hall.