Private Assessor in St. Louis County Suspended after Investigation

By KBJR News 1

Private Assessor in St. Louis County Suspended after Investigation

January 30, 2013 Updated Jan 30, 2013 at 3:37 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A private assessor, who contracts with 24 townships and one city in St. Louis County, has been suspended for 90 days.

Concerns expressed by the St. Louis County Assessor regarding Jan Jackson led to an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

The findings by the Minnesota Board of Assessors, which the County received on Wednesday, criticized Jackson for missed new construction, unfinished quintile work, incomplete assessments and failure to meet expectations between 2010-2012.

The document lists that there were 53 instances of new construction in the areas Jackson served that she'd not properly assesed and five others that contained inaccurate information.

As part of the investigation, the Department of Revenue chose properties at random to spot-check, and found assessment errors on all parcels.

Numerous examples were also cited.

"These findings affirm our concerns and we appreciate the Board of Assessors' decision," said Mark Monacelli, director of public records and property valuation for St. Louis County. "If all properties are not accurately or fairly valued, it affects the amount of property taxes every property owner pays."

Jackson is contracted for assessment services by the city of Leonidas as well as the following townships: Alborn, Arrowhead, Bassett, Brevator, Cherry, Crane Lake, Culver, Ellsberg, Elmer, Floodwood, Fredenbeg, Great Scott, Industrial, Kelsey, Lavell, Meadowlands, Ness, New Independence, Portage, Prairie Lake, Solway, Stoney Brook, Van Buren and Wuori.

The Minnesota Board of Assessors say that as part of the conditions to have her license returned after the 90-day suspension, Jackson is required to submit a signed quintile plan detailing how she will properly assess all existing properties and new construction within her districts every five years as required by state statute.

Her work will be monitored for two full assessment cycles, and if the Department of Revenue determines her work to be unacceptable, the Department will recommend revocation of her license.

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