Property Tax Information

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Access Property Tax Statements

Mower County’s tax statements are available through our public interactive GIS site.  You can access the site HERE and select the link "Public Interactive GIS Map".

How to use the Interactive GIS to access a tax statement
 
For help on how to use the GIS site email GISSupport@co.mower.mn.us, or call 507-437-9527 for  assistance. 

For help locating a Tax Statement, or have a question about taxes?  Email michelem@co.mower.mn.us, or call 507-437-9456 for assistance.

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Property Adjustment 

Please be advised that starting January 1, 2017, Mower County will be implementing a new office procedure requiring that a Parcel Division/Combination/Boundary Adjustment Application be completed and submitted along with required information to Mower County for any change to taxpayers’ property.  This includes property splits, corrections to legal descriptions of existing property, and the combining of existing property.  This application is NOT required for transferring of property.

The preferred application process is to submit PRIOR to recording documents.  At which time the application will be reviewed with the taxpayer to help ensure that all aspects of the changes that are going to be taking place are going to result in what the taxpayer is expecting.  If the application is submitted at the time of recording or after recording, it may delay the processing or cause re-recording of documents.

You may submit the completed application via hand delivery to Auditor-Treasurer office or Finance department or by e-mail to PropertyAdjustment@co.mower.mn.us.  The application that is submitted to the County will be forwarded to the Planning and Zoning Department, GIS Department, and the Assessors Department for their review and processing. 

This application was developed with the goal of helping to ensure that everything regarding the taxpayer’s records is as accurate and correct as possible.

Parcel Division/Combination/Boundary Adjustment Application

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Delinquent Tax List  

Instructions for using the Delinquent Tax List in Adobe format

You can search for a particular parcel by name, address or parcel number (xx.xxx.xxxx) in Adobe.  To begin a search, start with your cursor at the beginning of the document.  Choose Edit from the Menu Bar and choose Find, or use the shortcut Ctrl + F, and enter the name or parcel number you wish to locate.  Then you can either hit Enter or click on the Next arrow.  If you should happen to be in the middle of the document when you begin a search, you will need to press the Previous or Next arrows accordingly.  This will take you to the parcel.  Note that the Deliquent Tax List is in order from oldest to newest delinquent year.  Therefore, to ensure all delinquent years are accounted for, click the Next arrow to search through the remaining document for additional delinquent taxes. 
 
If you receive this message:  “Acrobat has finished searching the document.  The find item was not found,” then that parcel does not have delinquent taxes or you have reached the end of the document.  To be sure, check that the number has been entered correctly
 
These lists will be updated daily for use.  Please note the payoff date or report date in the upper right corner of the report to ensure you have the correct list.  If you should have any questions about the information on this list, please contact our office at 507-437-9456

If the delinquent tax list is not updated for the current month, please see the interest schedule at the bottom of the page to help you calculate the interest for the current month.  For example:

July 2012 Tax Information          
Tax Year Tax Penalty Interest Fees  Total Owed   
2009 $608.00 $60.80 $108.53 $30 $879.33

Go to the interest schedule and find the appropriate line (Year Taxes Payable 2009 & Year Taxes Became Delinquent 2010).  Follow that row until you reach the column that indicated the current month and year (August 2012).  The percentage to apply is 26.6667%
 
Formula:  Tax + Penalty + Fees = $______ x 26.6667% = interest due in August 2012
            $608.00 + $60.80 + $30.00 = $698.80 x 26.667% = $186.34
            $698.80 + 186.34 = $885.14 (total amount of 2009 taxes due by the end of August 2012)

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Plat Listing

We have also added a plat listing to help you in finding your parcel on this list should you not have a parcel number.  This plat listing will tell you the first five numbers of the parcel number, the subdivision it represents, and the city in which it lies.  If you should have additional questions on this list, please give our office a call at (507) 437-9456.

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Tax Search Fees

Since 1989 the Auditor-Treasurer's office has maintained a tax search fee of $2.50 per parcel.  In the early years, tax search requests came to us largely through the US mail.  We would perform a tax search and complete a tax certificate.  This certificate would be signed and would attest to the accuracy of the information.  This type of request has gone by the wayside and has been supplanted with phone calls.  The phone calls often ask for the detail that was found on the tax certificates.  The information generally asks for current tax, delinquent tax, penalty, interest, special assessment (with detail) market valuation and homesteading.  Though the latter two, we refer to the county assessor's office.  Our office has answered these inquiries free of charge and has forfeited the tax search fee of $2.50.  We will charge for all tax search requests beginning August 2, 2010.  You may mail, email, or fax your information to our office and at the end of the month we will bill you for this information. 

Property tax information will be provided free to the property owner, though print and copy charges will apply.

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Levy Forms for Townships and Cities

Resolution Adopting Proposed Tax Levy - Cities        
Proposed Levy Certification for Cities     
Levy Certification for Cities  
Levy Certification for Townships        
Completed forms may be mailed, faxed, or dropped off at office.      

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Authorization for Mower County Direct Payment Plan

Sign up today to participate in Mower County's direct payment plan for real estate taxes.  The direct payment plan is free, dependable and convenient.  To take advantage of this service, you simply need to fill out the following form and submit to the Mower County Finance Office.  Direct payment plan form

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Schedule of Penalties for Late Payment of Property Tax

 To avoid a penalty, envelopes must be postmarked by the due date to be considered paid on time.  If you pay your first half and second half property tax after the due dates, a penalty will be added to your tax. The later you pay, the greater the penalty you must pay. This table shows the penalty you will pay if your property taxes due are not paid before the date shown:

Tax Table

If the due date for your second half property tax payment is November 15th and your property is classified as agricultural homestead property, the penalty rates for late payments are: 6% if you pay from November 16th through November 30th;   8% if you pay from December 1 through January 3; and 10% if you pay on January 4th, or later.
   
If the due date for your second half property tax payment is November 15th and your property is classified as agricultural non-homestead property, the penalty rates for late payment are: 8% if you pay from November 16th through November 30th ; 12% if you pay from December 1st through January 3rd; and 14% if you pay on January 4th, or later.
   
If you own both a farm and another type of property, a home in town for example, the November 15th due date applies only to the property taxes on your farm property. The property taxes on your other property are due October 15th. The special law does not apply to first-half property taxes. First-half property taxes on all property, including farm property, are due May 15th.
   
NOTE: The taxes for personal property located on leased government-owned land may be paid in two installments which are due at the same time as real property taxes, and which are subject to the same penalty schedule and penalty rates as real property taxes. All other personal property taxes are due in full on or before May 15th.
   
Accumulated Interest Rates - 2012


Finance Office
201 1st Street NE, Suite 7
Austin, MN  55912

(507) 437-9456 
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