Polk County Launches Online Real Estate Valuation Initiative


Polk County has launched an “Equitable Property Value Hub” website to help ensure fair and transparent property valuations for local owners.

The site (Equitable Property Value | Polk County, Minnesota (arcgis.com)) allows real estate owners and others in the county for whom the property valuation process is important – such as real estate professionals – to find out easily how the county evaluates properties, displays property appraisal statistics, calculates property tax, initiates a property appraisal appeal and explores web applications that can help answer questions about properties in Polk County .

The capacities offered include those listed below, all of which are accessible on Equitable Property Value (arcgis.com):

• Property Information Dashboard – at-a-glance statistics on property sales in Polk County

• Tax payable calculator – Quickly find out your estimated residential property tax payable.

• Property inquiries

• Tax Parcel Viewer – access property tax and assessment information

• My Tax Distribution – find out how property taxes are distributed in the community.

• Sales Comp Finder – find comparable property sales and related property information.

• Floodplain Survey – locate plots affected by FEMA floodplain boundaries.

• Sales research – find information on traditional sales and related properties.

• Tax Sales – locate properties for which tax has been waived, auctioned and over-the-counter.

• Appeal – Homeowners who believe their property has been unfairly assessed can initiate the appeal process.

• Property data – data used to provide a fair and equitable assessment of property.

• “Follow” the site – stay informed of key property valuation dates.

The Equitable Property Value Hub is an extension of Polk County’s Hub (Polk County Hub (arcgis.com)) where resources on elections, COVID-19, public safety, land records and public works are shared in a mobile easy to use. – user-friendly environment based on interactive web maps and location technology.

Rick Thompson, Polk County GIS Coordinator, said: “Improving transparency around real estate appraisals and making this information easy to find and understand is important to both the county and taxpayers. The new Equitable Property Value Hub gives local owners the tools to find answers to their questions anytime, on their own device, while allowing the appraiser’s office to run more efficiently.

Mark Landsverk, Polk County Appraiser, said: “We look forward to giving taxpayers the ability to access data from the Equitable Property Value Hub, either as a place to research real estate markets or property taxes through them. themselves, or as a means of interacting and working. with the county government to ensure a fair appraisal of the property. One of our goals is to keep the public informed about valuation and taxation, and the EPV is a great new tool to do so.

Polk County is one of the first organizations in the country to implement the specific technology product behind its Equitable Property Value Hub.

The Equitable Property Value Initiative for ArcGIS Hub is a new product developed by Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, whose products are used by nearly all local governments in the United States. United. Polk County was also one of the first counties to deploy ArcGIS Hub technology to serve the county public and staff, proving to be a pioneer of this new software.

The county worked with Pro-West & Associates (https://www.prowestgis.com), a GIS consulting firm based in Walker, Minnesota, to implement its Equitable Property Value Hub.