April 2, 2015 - News from Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire

Ramsey County District 2 News

Serving the communities of Lauderdale, Little Canada, Mounds View (Precinct 4),
New Brighton, Roseville and the Ramsey County portion of St. Anthony.

April 2, 2015


Mary Jo McGuire
Commissioner, District 2

Melissa Jamrock

Sandi Thompson
Administrative Assistant 

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The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve on a number of volunteer boards and committees. 

Click here for more information or to apply.

Recent Events

Here are some of the events that Commissioner McGuire has attended recently.

  • Winter Rec Summit
  • Dinner Reception for U.S. Ambassador to Laos,  Daniel A. Clune
  • Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting
  • Ramsey County Library Board Meeting
  • Roseville and New Brighton Rotary Lunch
  • Mounds View City Council Meeting
  • St. Anthony Village City Council Meeting
  • Ramsey County League of Local Governments Meeting - Rail Safety Panel & Tour of Roseville Fire Station
  • Screening of GenSilent
  • 11th Annual Town Hall Meeting - City of Mounds View
  • Meeting and tour with Landmark Center Board
  • Bike/Walk Listening Session - Roseville
  • I-35W Corridor Coalition Meeting
  • Northland Cup Charity Hockey Game between the City of Saint Paul and Ramsey County to benefit the Saint Paul and Domestic Violence Intervention Project

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appeal classification or valuation

Have questions about your 2015 Estimated Market Value?

In late March, property owners across Ramsey County received their 2015 Estimated Market Value for Taxes Payable in 2016 form in the mail.

Do you have a question about a change in value on your property?  Do NOT wait until the fall - you should use the Informal Appeal process now!

Step 1: Call the Assessor's Office First

If you have questions or disagree with the classification or Estimated Market Value of your property for 2015, please contact the Assessor's Office at 651-266-2131 to discuss your concerns.  Often your issues can be resolved over the phone. 

Please be aware that you will:

  • Be asked to provide information regarding your concern
  • Receive a return phone call from the appraiser responsible for your property within 1-2 days
  • Need to have an appraiser come to your property to perform an interior review prior to any value adjustment

Step 2: Attend an Open Book Meeting

If you still have questions after contacting the Assessor's Office, you may attend an Open Book Meeting to discuss your concerns with the Assessor.  The meeting times and location are indicated on the front of the valuation statement, and are also listed below.

  • Please bring any documentation (such as a recent appraisal or sale of the property) supporting your claim of overvaluation or erroneous classification with you to the meeting.
  • An interior review of your property will be required prior to any value adjustment.
  • Based on the documentation you bring and our personal review of your property, we may be able to adjust the valuation or classification of your property without further appeals.
  • You will be notified by mail of the Assessor's findings.

You may still call the assessor’s office to have questions or concerns answered after the Open Meeting Dates have passed.

Dates and Times
April 6, 2015 -- 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
April 7-8, 2015 -- 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Ramsey County Property Records and Revenue, 90 W. Plato Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55107.

Note: The Open Book Meeting is only authorized to discuss concerns relating to the 2015 Estimated Market Value for Taxes Payable in 2016.

The Assessor's Office cannot address an appeal of the 2015 taxes or the 2014 Estimated Market Value for Taxes Payable in 2015. The appeal period for last year’s assessment is closed.  An appeal of the 2014 Estimated Market Value can only be appealed through the Minnesota Tax Court, on or before April 30, 2015.

2015 Construction Projects Map

Construction Season is Just Around the Corner

Ramsey County Public Works recently announced its list of 30 projects slated for the 2015 construction season.  For the first time, there is an interactive map to provide citizens with information about the various projects.  The map will be updated with detour information and how you can sign-up to get updates on a specific project.  Click here to visit the map.

2015 District 2 Projects

Cleveland Ave. - from Larpenteur Ave. to Co. Rd. B (Falcon Heights, Roseville)

Edgerton St. near Sunset Court (Little Canada)

Highway 96 - from Old Highway 8 to I-35W (Arden Hills, New Brighton)

St. Croix St. - from Highway 280 to Terminal Rd. (Roseville)

Victoria St. - from Co. Rd. B to Co. Rd. B2 (Roseville)

Join Commissioner McGuire

for a County Conversation

On Saturday, April 11, from 1:30 - 3:00 pm, Commissioner McGuire will hold her first "County Conversation" at J Arthur's Coffee Shop located at 2441 Rice Street in Roseville.  This will be a time where you can come and speak with the Commissioner and hear a brief update.

There will be additional ones in other parts of District 2 over the coming months. Stay tuned to the newsletter for other dates!

Commissioner McGuire welcomes attendees at the Winter Rec Summit

Winter Rec Summit is a success!

Huge thank you to those who attended the Winter Recreation Summit at Keller Golf Course on March 19.  The snow may be gone, but these folks are already thinking ahead to next winter!  Over 100 people showed up to share their thoughts for expanded winter recreation options in Battle Creek Park.

There will be a follow-up meeting on April 9 at 6:00 pm at the Keller Clubhouse located at 2166 Maplewood Drive in Maplewood to discuss next steps.  To RSVP or get more information on how you can connect with this effort, contact Kara Coustry at kara.coustry@co.ramsey.mn.us.  Please RSVP by April 8.

Did you know?

Ramsey County now has a new digital 911/Emergency Response system. 

With the new system that went live on March 24, dispatchers will be able to see the real-time location of law and fire units on electronic maps.  This allows dispatchers to more efficiently direct first responders and reduce response times.

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Controlled Burn at Roseville Library

Prairie Restorations has renewed the permit to burn at Roseville, which included neighbor notification.  Because the burn is dependent on perfect wind conditions, there will be little or no notice when they do the burn, other than it will take place within the next 30 days. 

Questions? Contact the District 2 office at 651-266-8359.

Upcoming Events around District 2

April 7 - League of Women Voters White Bear Lake Area Meeting: The Future of Waste Processing Systems, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Washington County Government Center (Room LL14), 14949 62nd Street North, Stillwater, MN 55082

April 9 - Winter Rec Next Steps Meeting, 6:00 pm, Keller Clubhouse, 2166 Maplewood Drive, Maplewood, MN 55109

April 11 - Grand Opening of the Ramsey County Library in White Bear Lake

April 11 - County Conversation with Commissioner McGuire, 1:30 pm, J Arthur's Coffee, Roseville

April 18 - Earth Day Celebration in Roseville

April 18 - Friends of the Ramsey County Library Annual Luncheon

April 22 to 26 - Friends of Ramsey County Library Spring Used Book Sale 

April 23 - Roseville: Becoming a Dementia Aware Community Meeting

May 2 - Mounds View Annual Spring Clean Up Day

May 2 - City of New Brighton Town Hall Meeting

May 16 - Little Canada City-wide Garage Sale

May 16 - New Brighton Recycle/Clean Up Day

District 2 in the News

Commissioner McGuire Commissioner Huffman and Mounds View Mayor Flaherty
Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire, Mounds View Mayor Joe Flaherty, and Commissioner Blake Huffman at the 11th Annual Town Hall Meeting in Mounds View on March 30.