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Follow the simple three-step plan to create and analyze your own Minnesota property tax database. When you're ready to go, click Generate Report.

You’ll need to choose the geographic area you want covered, which data elements you want us to provide, and how you want us to display the data. You do this by first choosing your Boundaries (county, school district…), then your Location (specific county and township/city), and finally your Attributes (year, summary level…).

Where appropriate, use Continue to move back to the main page and view your updated choices. To move back to the main page without making your changes take effect, press Cancel.

You have access here to assessed market values, tax levies for every school district, city or township, and county in the state. We will calculate imputed levies and net tax rates for each major property class. Principal data are from the Minnesota Department of Revenue abstract of assessments and abstract of tax lists, supplemented by Department estimates of tax credit allocations. The state's property tax system is summarized nicely in these two publications:

http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hrd/issinfo/2009PropTaxHandout.pdf

and

http://taxes.state.mn.us/property/Documents/workgroup-ptx-overview.pdf

Summary data shown on Minnesota Land Economics might vary from those shown in these reports.

All dates reference the year in which the property tax is paid. Market values, officially dated January 2 each year, were actually generated by county assessors the previous fall and formally approved after equalization hearings the next summer. They serve as the basis for property tax payments in the succeeding year. So, for example, 2004 estimated market values were generated in Fall 2003, approved in Summer 2004, and served as the basis for property taxes paid in 2005.

We report taxable market value, net of any limited market value adjustments. JOBZ valuation adjustments are also included when appropriate.

In Minnesota, local property tax levies are assessed against "net tax capacities" (legislated proportions of market values, different for each major class of property) and against "referendum market values." Levies against these valuations are determined by the decisions of local taxing authorities (counties, school districts, cities, townships, special taxing districts).

Since 2002, the State has imposed a special levy against a subset of the major property classes. Much of this revenue is used to reimburse school districts for a concomitant lowering of their levies on all properties.

For owners of some classes of property, tax bills are reduced by special state credits.

The smallest taxed unit for which data are available here is the unique county-city/township-school district combination. So, for example, all properties in the City of Blue Horse that lie in the Belle Lac School District are reported together, while all Blue Horse properties in the Smithville School District are reported separately. You can choose to aggregate any and all data to the school district, or city/township, or county, or multi-county levels.

Data for each tax payment year are posted here in the Winter of that year. So the data supporting property tax payments made in 2009 were posted in Winter 2009.


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