The primary job of the assessor's office is actually narrower than most taxpayers believe. Their task is to estimate, as accurately as possible, the fair market value of each property in the county, they don't decide how much tax is to be paid and they don't establish tax rates. Estimated Market Value is the assessor's estimate of a property's actual market value, defined as the most probable price well informed buyers and sellers would agree to without either party being unduly forced to buy or sell on the assessment date, January 2, each year.

The assessor's office maintains information about every piece of property in the county to assist in making their estimates of value each year. The staff of the assessor's office, or a local assessor hired by local townships, reviews the information for each property in the county at least once every 5 years to ensure accuracy. This allows comparing all unsold properties to a property that recently sold to help accurately estimate the fair market price.

Many others find this data helpful in their jobs or assessment of their own property. All assessment data is available free of charge at the public computer terminal at our office and the assessor's office will always attempt to assist the public in the use of this data whenever possible. It is also available to the public at our website:

Main Office Number 507-238-3210

County Assessor
Michael Sheplee

County Appraisers  

Deb Eversman

Jeremiah Fitzgerald


Jessica Laue

Office Staff  
Norma Padgett

Services and Fees
Copies $.25
Field Sheet Reports or Copies $1.00
Pre-programmed Computer Reports $5.00 plus $.10 per page
Data Download Reports $60 setup fee + $.05 per parcel
CD Production $5.00
Faxing Fee $5.00
Checks may be made to Martin County