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Property Tax Administrators > Manuals and Education > Local Board of Appeal and Equalization Training

  • Who do I contact if I forgot my username/password?Back to top

    ​Please send an email to proptax.bae@state.mn.us. Please allow up to 48 hours for a reply with a new username and/or password.

  • What do I do if the online training is not loading correctly?Back to top

    Please refer to the Online Training Troubleshooting document for more information. ​

  • Can I take the online training without registering?Back to top

    No, you must register before you get access to the online training. You can find more information regarding the registration process on our Board of Appeal and Equalization website.

    After you register, you will receive an email with 5 business days which will provide you with login information.

  • What software does my computer need to run the training? Back to top

    ​You do not need to have any special software to view the online training.

    All you need is an internet browser (we highly recommend you use Internet Explorer) and an internet connection. The speed of your internet connection will determine how fast/slow the training functions. If you do not have an internet connection, we would recommend taking the training at a public library or county office or somewhere that has a stronger connection for you to use.

  • Will there be additional BAE training course offerings?Back to top

    The online training will be available anytime between July 1st through January 31st of each year.

     

    We do not anticipate offering individual county trainings as that would not be cost-effective.

  • What is included in the BAE online training course?Back to top

    The course details the responsibilities, procedures and requirements of Boards of Appeal and Equalization. The Department of Revenue has developed a BAE Handbook for the course, which includes:

    • the role of the board in the assessment process;
    • the legal and policy reasons for fair and impartial appeal and equalization hearings;
    • board meeting procedures that foster fair and impartial assessment reviews and other “best practices” recommendations;
    • quorum requirements for boards; and
    • explanations of alternate methods of appeal.​

  • Who should take the BAE online training for county board of appeal and equalization?Back to top

    Generally, county commissioners plus the county auditor make up the voting members of the CBAE. While county auditors are encouraged to attend the training and will satisfy the training requirement, the course is designed to be especially beneficial and informative for county commissioners.

    While only one voting board member is required to take the course within the last four years, we recommend that additional voting board members also take the training. This helps avoid situations in which unforeseen circumstances result in a failure to comply with the training requirement. If only one member has taken the training, that member must be present at the County Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting or the board duties are transferred to a special board of equalization.

    If a special board of appeal and equalization has been appointed in place of the CBAE, at least one member of the special board must take the training.

  • Who should take the BAE online training for local boards of appeal and equalization?Back to top

    Generally, the town board of a town or the council or other governing body of a city is the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization. While city and township clerks are encouraged to take the training, their attendance will not satisfy the training requirements if they are not a voting member of the board. For townships, only the township supervisors are voting members (township clerks are not). For cities, some clerks are voting members of the board (in standard plan cities, the clerk is a voting member).

    While only one voting board member is required to take the course within the last four years, we recommend that additional voting board members also take the training. This helps avoid situations in which unforeseen circumstances result in a failure to comply with the training requirement. If only one member has taken the training session, that member must be present at the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting or the board is deemed to have transferred its LBAE duties to the county.

  • When must this training be completed?Back to top

    Every Feb. 1, the local jurisdiction must certify to the county assessor that its board has met this requirement. The county must certify to the Department of Revenue that its board has met this requirement.

  • How do I access the training? Back to top

    You can click the Online Training link on the website or go to http://www.state.mn.us/employee

  • How do I find my name in the attendance lists?Back to top

    There are two lists available, one for trained local board members and one for trained county board members. You can use the filter and sort options within Excel to find the name/names of the board members you are looking for. If you have any corrections or questions, contact us at proptax.questions@state.mn.us

  • Do I have to complete the training in one sitting? Back to top

    No, you can access the training as many times as you need to. The learning management system will track your progress which allows you to take the training on your own time.​

  • How long does the training take?Back to top

    The training takes about 30 - 45 minutes depending on the user.

  • Is this training pass/fail? Back to top

    No. However, you will be asked to answer some questions throughout the training and at the end. If you get an answer wrong, the quiz allows you to find the correct answer before it moves on to the next question. The module will not be marked as complete until you finish the quiz.

  • Can I view the training on a table/smart phone? Back to top

    ​No, at this time the training can only be viewed on a computer with a strong internet connection.