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Important News

--- 05/13/2018 ---

Quintile Reassessment

Minnesota Statutes require the assessor to physically inspect properties at least once every five years. This is called the “quintile” reassessment. This differs from viewing new construction or reviews for property appeal. If the property owner is not home, an exterior inspection will be completed and notice will be left on your door if it is determined that further information is required.

You will start seeing appraisers from the office taking photos to update our records. All appraisers are required to wear identification and inform city hall and/or the police department of what areas they’ll be in. This process is done prior to our routine reviews of property throughout the county. A map detailing the area included in the quintile area can be found under the "Reports" tab on the left. Quintile Review Map/ "Owatonna Map" and "Quintile Map-Twp-Small Cities"(Summer 2018)

Sales Verification

Sales are the foundation for mass appraisal. We rely on the sales of properties when estimating values on similar types of properties in a certain area.

Certain sales are automatically removed from consideration; others require thorough review. If a property you purchased falls in our verification criteria, you will be contacted by an appraiser from our office. The accuracy of our assessment is dependent on the sales verification process. Basically, the better the information we receive about a sale, the better our assessment is at the end of the year.

New Construction

Along with the above projects, we will also be viewing new construction. If your project is an interior renovation, you will be receiving a letter or a phone call from our office requesting an appointment to view the project. Interior updates are typically reviewed toward the end of the year.

--- 03/09/2018 ---

In 2018 Steele County Property Tax Statements and Valuation Notices to be mailed together

Over the years, property owners have received tax statements and valuation notices in two separate mailings. In a continuing effort to best use County tax dollars, the notices and statements will be mailed together for the first time. Steele County property owners can expect to receive tax statements and valuation notices in the mail throughout the coming days.  Statements will be mailed in the last week of March.  

It is important to note that the values on the 2018 Tax Statement were set in 2017 and can only be appealed in tax court now through April 30, 2018.  The Valuation Notice is the new valuation and classification for the 2018 assessment. This information will be used to calculate taxes in 2019. Steele County Land Use and Records Division mails this important information as part of the multi-year assessment and taxation process in Minnesota.

If property owners have questions or concerns about their 2018 Notice of Valuation and Classification they are to contact the Steele County Assessor’s Office at (507) 444 7435. 

Taxpayers are reminded to watch for due dates on each individual tax statement, as different types of property may have different payment deadlines.  The first tax payment deadline for all property is May 15. 

Value & 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 2019 Property Taxes:

  • Oct. 1, 2016–Sept. 30, 2017: Property data from market sales is collected to form the basis of the 2018 assessment.
  • Jan. 2, 2018: The "as of" date for the 2018 market values and classification for taxes payable in 2019 is effective.
  • End of March 2018: Assessing and Treasurer's Departments sends every property owner a Notice of Valuation for 2018 pay 2019 and a 2018 Tax Statement (based on the 2017 assessment) in one envelope.
  • March–May 2018: Property owners can appeal your estimated market value.
  • November 2018: Proposed Tax Statements for 2019 are mailed to property owners.
  • March 2019: 2019 Property Tax Statements sent.
  • May 15, 2018: First half of property taxes due.
  • October 15, 2018: Second half of property taxes due for non-agricultural properties.

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