Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- St. Louis County and the City of Duluth is looking to team up to consolidate property assessment functions into a single county-administered operation.
The proposed merger stems from the County's Blue Ribbon Panel which was charged with reviewing assessment practices.
The panel's goal is to advance a plan to streamline service delivery, create efficiencies, seek collaboration with other government jurisdictions and reduce taxpayer costs for property assessment services.
Combining the two offices would create work process efficiencies and a more equitable method of conducting property assessments that follows a set of standards and expectations.
A single system would also eliminate duplication of services and reduces cost to taxpayers whose tax dollars currently support both the City and County assessor operations.
If approved by the County Board, the City employees in the Assessor's office would transition to work for St. Louis County by the end of 2012.