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Important News

--- 10/13/2020 ---

Tis the Season for New Construction!

Assessors are required by statute to review and inspect all new construction each year. Starting on October 1, 2020, the Steele County appraisers have begun viewing properties that have been issued permits.  We have sent letters to all property owners that have had permit for new homes, interior alterations, and/or additions. Please call the appraiser listed on the letter to discuss the work that is completed or still under construction.  These conversations are extremely helpful during these pandemic times. We are making every effort to NOT come through the interior of the property unless it is deemed necessary or requested by the owner. It is critical that the assessor has accurate data when valuing properties each year. 

--- 06/29/2020 ---

Steele County Assessor’s Quintile Reassessment (Summer 2020)

Minnesota Statutes require the assessor to physically inspect properties at least once every five years. This is called the “quintile” reassessment. You will start seeing Steele County appraisers in these areas taking photos and updating property characteristics to improve our records in preparation for compiling the 2021 assessment. The 2021 assessment will be used to determine your 2022 property taxes.

All appraisers are required to wear a fluorescent vest with Steele County printed on the back of the vests.  Each appraiser will have identification badges prominently displayed and be driving Steele County vehicles. We will inform city administration and law enforcement of the areas they’ll be working in. At this point, we will only be viewing properties from the exterior. If an interior inspection is required, we will contact the property owner to schedule an appointment.  

For a map of the "quintile" area click on the maps of the City of Owatonna and the Township Quintile areas.

Property Owners can contact the Steele County Assessor at (507) 444-7435 to verify the validity of the appraiser or with any questions or concerns.

 

 

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Assessment & Property Tax Timeline

Calculating market values and property taxes doesn’t happen overnight. The process of determining market values collecting property taxes takes more than three years from start to finish.

How the process works for 2021 Property Taxes:

  • Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2019: Property data from market sales is collected to form the basis of the 2020 assessment.
  • Jan. 2, 2020: The "as of" date for the 2020 market values and classification for taxes payable in 2021 is effective.
  • End of March 2020: Assessing and Treasurer's Departments sends every property owner a Notice of Valuation for 2020 pay 2021 and a 2020 Tax Statement (based on the 2019 assessment) in one envelope.
  • April–May 2020: Property owners can appeal your estimated market value to the Assessor's Office. 
  • November, 2020: Proposed Tax Statements for 2021 are mailed to property owners.
  • March, 2021: 2021 Property Tax Statements mailed.
  • May 15, 2021: First half of property taxes due.
  • October 15, 2021: Second half of property taxes due for non-agricultural properties.

For questions about the process, call the Assessors Office 507-444-7435.