Below are some Property Tax Relief programs available in the state of Minnesota. Additional programs and applications are available in the Assessor's Office. Please stop in or call for more information.
In order to receive Agricultural Classification your property must be devoted primarily to an Agricultural Use. This means the property must be a minimum of 11 acres in size and of those 11 acres a minimum of 10 acres must be in production and there must be a qualifying product for sale. If you feel you meet these basic requirements, please fill out the application below to the best of your abilities and return it to our office for one of our appraisers to review. Once your application and property record has been reviewed you will be contacted to finish the verification process. After that, a final determination on whether the property can legally be classified as Agricultural Homestead will be made.
Please contact our office regarding any other Special Agriculture programs, 218-384-9142.
2C Managed Forest
This property classification, enacted in 2008, provides a reduced class rate of 0.65 percent to forested property that is subject to a current forest management (stewardship) plan and that meets other requirements. There is no minimum term of enrollment; property will receive the reduced class rate as long as it is enrolled and continues to meet the necessary requirements. Please see the below fact sheet for more information.
The Green Acres Program provides property tax relief for owners of agricultural property in areas where the market value of land is affected by development pressure, sales of recreational land, or other nonagricultural factors.
Sustainable Forest Incentive Act
The Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA) is a state run program. Please follow the link below for more information.
Homestead property owners who are legally blind or permanently and totally disabled may be eligible for a reduced tax rate on a portion of the value of their property.
Disabled Veterans Homestead
This program provides a property tax exclusion for the homestead of:
1. An honorably discharged veteran who has a service-connected disability rating of 70% or higher
2. Surviving spouses of certain qualifying veterans and service members
3. Primary family caregivers of qualifying veterans
70% - 100% DISABLED VETERANS CURRENTLY RECEIVING THE DAV HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX EXCLUSION – DO NOT NEED TO REAPPLY EVERY YEAR
Due to 2017 legislative changes, reapplying for the 70% -100% Disabled Veteran’s Homestead Exclusion is no longer required. There will be no letters sent asking the Disabled Veteran for an updated application and disability letter, all of this will be handled between the County Assessor’s Office and the County Veteran’s Office. If there is a change in your status you will receive a letter from the Assessor’s Office letting you know that your homestead exclusion has changed. This change applies to those currently receiving the 70% - 100% Disabled Veteran’s Homestead Property Exclusion. If you feel you qualify for this exclusion and are not receiving it contact the Assessor’s Office or their website, to fill out an application. If you are unsure if you are receiving this benefit or have any other questions feel free to contact the Assessor’s Office at 218-384-9142.
*****If your disability changes to 100% total and permanent or if you are deemed to be 100% individually unemployable a new initial application is required****
Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral Program
This program allows people 65 years of age or older to defer a portion of their homestead property taxes. The deferred taxes accrue as a lien on the property and are due within 90 days after the property is sold, transferred, or no longer qualifies as a homestead. Applications are due by August 1st to the Department of Revenue.