WCL branches offer popular magazines in digital format
Washington County is moving more data on to the information superhighway.
Starting March 18, county property owners can find information about their property valuations on the County Assessor’s web page before the county mails its 2013 tax statements and assessment year 2013 taxes payable next year by the end of this month.
Visitors to Washington County Library branches can now view 128 popular magazine titles on MacIntosh and PC computers and Android, Apple, Blackberry and Kindle Fire tablets as soon as publications are released for reading.
Property owners wanting information about their property’s valuation can visit washington.minnesotaassessors.com, click on “Real Estate Search,” and look for their property using a house number, street address, property identification number or legal description.
The new valuations set Jan 2 used for taxes payable in 2014 can be found by looking at the 2013 value information. That value information includes the value of the land, structure or structures and total value.
“We know that property owners are interested to get information on their new values, and that local board meetings to review the values begin April 8 and run through the beginning of May. We wanted to make the value information available on the web prior to mailing of the notices if that can be helpful to taxpayers,” said Jennifer Wagenius, director of Property Records and Taxpayer Services Department.
A 2013 appeals meeting schedule list is also found on the main web page and can be referenced by selecting the link under “Important News!” located under the Minnesota map.
Questions regarding estimated market values or the appeals process can be directed to the DPRTS at 651-430-6175.
The digital magazine service at WCL branches is called Zinio and is used by several other Twin Cities public libraries. Users see the entire magazine digitally and digital copies can be checked out for as long as a user wants with no due date.
Persons wanting to use the new service must set up two accounts — a library account and a Zinio account. Instructions to set up both accounts can be found on the WCL’s “Read” page on the county website, www.co.washington.mn.us.
WCL cardholders are encouraged to call one of the county branches with questions about the new digital magazine service. Branch locations and phone numbers at online at www.co.washington.mn.us/library.