April 2020 newsletter: COVID-19 update, 2020 census, open book meetings

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April 2020 Newsletter

In this issue:

- Coronavirus/COVID-19 update.
- 2020 census.
- Open book meetings.
- Library and Parks services available.
- Severe Weather Awareness Month.
- County yard waste sites.
- Upcoming events.
- In the news.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak updates

Ramsey County government remains open and we are committed to providing services throughout the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak while protecting the health of residents and our staff. 

County services have been redesigned to drastically reduce person-to-person contact while ensuring welcoming, accessible, equitable and efficient service options. 

Visit ramseycounty.us/coronavirus for current resources and information on accessing county services.

View weekly COVID-19 updates from meetings of the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners:

Fill out the 2020 census

We count Minnesota census 2020

The 2020 census is underway! Respond today and do your part to help Ramsey County have a complete count of all of our residents.

Census counts help determine critical functions of government – everything from the number of elected officials that represent us, to funding for hospitals, schools, highways and social programs. Everyone counts!

It's easy to respond online, by phone or email. 

Visit 2020census.gov to fill out the 2020 census

Act now - review your property valuation notice

Annual property valuation notices and tax statements were mailed to property owners in mid-March. Please review your valuation notices carefully. The taxable market value will be used to determine property taxes payable in 2021.

The time to question or appeal your market value is now.

Please contact the Assessor's Office at 651-266-2131 if you would like to discuss your valuation.

Learn about the appeals process

We recognize there are questions about property tax payment deadlines due to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic and its impact on our community. Ramsey County is working with local and state partners on options to create flexibility for taxpayers facing financial hardship. The existing deadline for first half property tax payments is May 15. Ramsey County is working to identify options in the weeks ahead to share with taxpayers before this deadline.

Keep your mind and body active during #StayHomeMN

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Looking for something to do while you #StayHomeMN? Get a temporary Ramsey County Library account for access to e-resources including – e-books, storytimes, movies, tech help and more.

Curbside pickup of materials is available at three library locations – Maplewood, Roseville and Shoreview.

Parks, trails and open spaces remain open for activities that practice social distancing, including walking, jogging, bicycling and nature viewing. All Ramsey County Parks & Recreation playgrounds, including Discovery Hollow at Tamarack Nature Center, are closed until further notice.

Severe Weather Awareness Week


Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 13-17. Prepare for severe weather season by reviewing important safety and awareness tips.

Statewide Tornado Drill Day is Thursday, April 16

Outdoor warning sirens and NOAA alert radios will sound at 1:45 and 6:45 p.m. to allow businesses, schools and families chances to practice their severe weather sheltering plans.

Yard waste sites begin extended hours

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Regular season hours begin Wednesday, April 1. All sites are free and open to Ramsey County residents only. A photo ID is required.

Please follow social distancing guidelines by maintaining at least six feet between you and other residents while visiting county yard waste sites.

View hours and collection site locations

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Upcoming events

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Board of Commissioners Meeting
Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28

Open Book Meeting for 2020 Property Valuations
Monday, April 6 (via phone 651-266-2131)
Tuesday, April 7 (via phone 651-266-2131)

Mobile household hazardous waste collection - Maplewood
Fridays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24.
Saturdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25


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