Cook County Assessor

Our Mission:

To ensure the fair and equitable assessment of all property in Cook County, with a commitment to the treatment of all taxpayers in a professional and respectful manner, ensuring that all property owners pay no more than their fair share of the property tax burden.

We Add Value By:
  • Providing information and education about the assessment and property taxation process
  • Ensuring our staff is well trained and competent resulting in a fair and accurate assessment
  • Taking the time to answer your questions about your assessment
State statute requires our office to revalue property every year to reflect real estate market conditions. We are required to make sure assessment values are between 90% and 105% of actual market value. In addition, we physically inspect property every 5 years and verify all permits.

Values are based on sales of comparable properties. Characteristics of the land, size, quality, and condition of the improvements also play a crucial part to the overall assessed value.

Property classification is based on the current use of the property. When there is no apparent use, the property is classified as the highest and best use for the property.

Various property tax relief programs are in place, such as:
  • Managed Forest
  • Disabled Veterans
  • Sustainable Forests Incentive Act
  • Homesteading

Contact Us

Todd Smith
County Assessor

Cook County Courthouse
411 W. 2nd Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Phone: 218.387.3650
Fax: 218.387.3042

Monday – Friday
8am – 4pm
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