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Important News


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.