Property Taxes


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General Information

Property taxes are a major source funding for school districts, cities and townships, counties and special taxing districts. Many services are funded by these revenues including public schools, fire stations, police protection, streets, libraries and many more programs and services.

Property taxes are levy-based. This means that government spending and revenues affect your taxes the most. If spending increases or revenues decrease, your property taxes may increase. Conversely, if spending decreases or revenues increase, your property tax may decrease.

Your share of the property tax levy is determined by the market value and classification of your property. This means taxable market value and classification determine how the levy is distributed amongst all property taxpayers. However, since property taxes are levy-based, it is possible for your property tax to increase while your market value decreases and vice versa.

For example: your township levies $50,000.00 for its budget. The $50,000.00 levy will be spread amongst all of the township property owners. Each property owner's taxable market value and classification will determine their share of the tax due. The following year, the township levies $50,000.00 again for its budget. Let's say market values have been falling for a few years and taxable market values are now "catching" up to reflect the changes. Does that mean your property taxes will decrease? Not necessarily, because the township still needs, and has levied for, $50,000.00 in its budget. If all of the townships taxable market values have decreased, the tax rate will increase to compensate for the difference.

There are many factors that are used to calculate your property tax. Every county in the state follows the same basic set of rules for to determine what portion of property tax each owner owes. Some counties have special programs and circumstances relating to environmental factors, mining operations, industrial and agricultural factors that may make comparing every county in the state to each other very impractical.

The County Auditor/Treasurer's Office mails out one tax statement per year. Tax statements for real and personal property are mailed by March 31. Tax statements for mobile home property are mailed by July 15. The statement includes a tear off stub for both the first and second half payments. No reminder notice is sent out for the second half.

The tax statement is sent to the taxpayer of record as of January 2 of that year. If you purchase a property during the course of the year, you are responsible for obtaining a copy of the statement from the seller, or from the County Auditor/Treasure's Office. The County Auditor/Treasurer's Office does not send out an additional copy due to a sale of property.

Local Tax Rates
Kanabec County Tax Rates Pay 2023
Kanabec County Tax Rates Pay 2024

Minnesota Property Tax Refund Program

The State of Minnesota offers a Property Tax Refund Program for those who qualify. This program is run through the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Please click on the link to obtain information regarding eligibility requirements and how to apply.  The local county offices do not administer, nor do we have access to your property tax refund.