The State of Minnesota is experiencing estimated market value increases on most property types including agricultural land, residential / seasonal, commercial / industrial and recreational land.  It is important to remember that increasing property values does not mean the taxing jurisdictions (cities, school districts, townships, counties) are collecting more revenue.  The estimated market value is used to determine a parcel's share of the total tax bill that needs to be collected based on the budgeting of those jurisdictions.

In other words, if the 2023 budgets of cities, townships, and the county stay the same or minimally increase for 2023 then taxes paid by property owners will not rise at the same rate as the value.  Property taxes are decided based on the budget that needs to be met.

Where can I learn about property taxes?  Check out the MN Department of Revenue property tax website.  Or, here is a helpful video from Ramsey County explaining property tax basics, and another from Anoka County titled Pie, With a Side of Property Taxes.

Within these pages you can discover how property is valued and classified, what role Estimated Market Value has in your property taxes, and how to appeal your property value and classification

Discover resources for Homestead, Veterans with a Disability, and Special Homestead for Property Owners who are Blind or Disabled, Property Tax Refund and Senior Property Tax Deferral.

Contact your County Assessor for more information or explanations.  We are here to help.

Generate sales lists using multiple criteria.
Or from a Beacon Parcel Report, scroll to bottom and use Recent Sales in Area by Neighborhood or Distance.  
Review Sales Ratio Reports to verify Assessor compliance.


Credits and Exclusions:
More information about Classification Rates, Local Tax Rates, Homestead Exclusion Calculation, Special Ag Qualification Flow Charts, Ag Credit, School Building Bond Credit, Powerline Credit.


Considering building new housing?  Check out the Housing Economic Abatement
Inquire with the EDA about Business Subsidy Agreements
Disaster Relief Get Application

What is:
PILT - Payment In Lieu of Taxes?

The Assessor's Role:
The primary job of the assessor's office is actually narrower than most taxpayers believe. Their task is to value and classify each property in the county.  An assessor doesn't decide how much tax is to be paid nor do they  establish tax rates. Estimated Market Value is the assessor's estimate of a property's actual market value, defined as the most probable price well informed buyers and sellers would agree to without either party being unduly forced to buy or sell on the assessment date, January 2, each year.

The assessor's office maintains property information to assist in annual valuation estimates. This data is available on Beacon.  Appraisers review the information for each property in the county at least once every 5 years to ensure accuracy. This allows comparing all unsold properties to properties that have sold recently to help estimate market value.

Main Office Number 507-238-3210

County Assessor
Michael Sheplee

County Appraisers  

Deb Eversman

Jeremiah Fitzgerald


Jessica Laue

Matthew Malone

GIS Specialist  
Norma Padgett

Services and Fees
Copies $.25
Field Sheet Reports or Copies $1.00
Pre-programmed Computer Reports $5.00 plus $.10 per page
Data Download Reports $60 setup fee + $.06 per parcel
CD Production $5.00
Faxing Fee $5.00
Checks may be made to Martin County