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Property Taxes

In Minnesota, property tax is an annual tax paid for real estate you own.  It is an ad valorem tax, which means it is based on the value of the property.

Counties sometimes get a bad rap on property taxes because the county mails the tax statements.  However, only a portion of your property tax goes to the county government.  If you live in a city, part of your payment goes to the city.  If you live in a township, part goes to the township.  All property is in a designated school district and part of your payment may go to the school district to fund special referendums. 

Other government-type units, organized for limited purposes (called special districts or taxing authorities), exist in most parts of the state and they can levy property taxes too.  Examples are watershed districts, library districts, hospital districts, housing and redevelopment authorities, etc.

The County collects these various taxes using one tax statement billing.  Therefore, it is called a consolidated tax.  Some states do not have consolidated tax statements.  When each taxing authority mails a separate tax statement with different due dates it can cause confusion and additional collection expense.

Some of the most visible county services funded by property tax are: county roads, public health, law enforcement, jail, juvenile detention center and courtrooms. 

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