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