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Private St. Louis Co. Assessor Suspended for 90 Days

Posted at: 01/30/2013 12:28 PM
Updated at: 01/30/2013 3:19 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

nullA private assessor who contracts with more than two dozen municipalities in St. Louis County has been suspended for 90 days following a state investigation.

According to a county news release, Jan Jackson was faulted by the Minnesota Board of Assessors for "missed new construction, unfinished quintile work, incomplete assessments and failure to meet professional expectations between 2010 and 2012."

Jackson assesses property in 24 townships and one city, according to the county. They are:

According to the county, the the Board of Assessors found "53 instances of new construction in the areas Jackson served that she had not properly assessed and five others that contained inaccurate information."

As part of the investigation, the county said the Department of Revenue chose properties to spot-check and found assessment errors at each of them.

Mark Monacelli, St. Louis County's Public Records and Property Valuation Director, told Eyewitness News that the county will be working with the municipalities in which Jackson has done assessments to make sure each property is assessed again.

He said "we look forward to working with cities and townships to ensure accurate and uniform assessment practices across the county. As part of our efforts, we have established a new position to work more closely with local assessors, providing better training and improving communication."

Monacelli said Jackson is a "capable assessor." He said he believes she was overworked.

Eyewitness News called Jackson, but she preferred not to make a comment.