Several townships Local Board of Appeals and Equalization (LBAE) meetings for property valuation have been changed or canceled in Carlton County.

The meetings allow property owners to appeal the valuation of their property if they disagree with the property statements that have recently been sent out. With the shelter in place order, the meetings may be held virtually or by phone, but cannot be held in person. Furthermore, the Carlton County Assessor's Office is open for telephone calls and emails, but closed to public walk-ins.

The LBAE meetings are held annually by each township with a board. Inspections cannot be done at this time due to the current social distancing order, said Kyle Holmes, Carlton County Assessor, but boards can still meet.

“The boards can still hold conference calls or virtually meet,” he said.

If the townships choose to cancel the meeting for 2020, the law does not allow them to hold the LBAE meeting in 2021. For that reason, some townships may decide to make their meetings virtual or hold them by phone.

As of April 2, Twin Lakes, Skelton, Beseman and Perch Lake ownships have canceled their meetings. Thomson Township will hold a virtual meeting, while Silver Township will host its meeting with a call-in option. Residents can find out what their township is planning or check for updates online at co.carlton.mn.us.

Even though the meetings are canceled, residents can call the Carlton County Assessor's office at 218-384-9142 to discuss their property if they wish to appeal.