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Important News

--- 06/03/2020 ---

  • County Board of Appeal and Equalization (CBAE) meets on June 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. 

  • June 16, 2020 at 7:00 at the Steele County Administration Center Board Room
  • If you qualify, please call the Assessor’s Office to make an appointment.
  • You must have attended the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization to appear at the CBAE unless your jurisdiction has an Open Book appeal process. These Open Book jurisdictions include, Berlin, Lemond, Meriden, Merton and Somerset Townships. Please call the Assessor at 507 444-7435 to make an appointment or to answer any questions related to the CBAE.

--- 05/13/2020 ---

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.

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.



--- 03/31/2020 ---

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

2020 (payable 2021) Valuation Notices have been mailed with 2020 Tax Statements and are available on the Steele County website.

Property valuation/classification appeals/questions will be handled by phone and/or email. 

Physical interior inspections of property for assessment purposes is suspended.

Local Boards of Appeals and Equalization will be limited due to the suspension of interior physical inspections.

All appeals must go through the Assessor’s Office. We will place your name and address on the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization list to keep your avenues of appeal open to attend the County Board of Appeal and Equalization on June 16.

When conditions improve, an appraiser from the Assessor’s Office will call the owner on the list to schedule an appointment for interior inspection.

Assessor’s Office (507) 444-7435 


2020 Steele County Property Tax Statements and Valuation Notices are 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 are being mailed together. Steele County property owners can expect to receive tax statements and valuation notices the last week of March.  When available, we will post this information to the County website.

It is important to note that the values on the 2020 Tax Statement were set as of January 2, 2019 and can only be appealed in tax court now through April 30, 2020.  The Valuation Notice is the new valuation and classification for the 2020 assessment. This information will be used to calculate taxes in 2021. 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 2020 Notice of Valuation and Classification, they are to contact the Steele County Assessor’s Office at (507) 444 7435. 

The Steele Count Board of Appeal and Equalization will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Board Room.

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 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.