Crow Wing County Land Services Explains Property Tax Records – Brainerd Dispatch

Local Property Tax Assessment and Classification Notices are sent to all property owners in Crow Wing County.

These notices inform citizens of the assessed value of their property as of January based on sales of comparable properties between October 2019 and September. The assessed values ​​are then used to calculate taxes due and payable in 2022.

Below are some of the key elements – and challenges – of the property assessment process and issues to consider when reviewing your assessment notices:

  • A state-mandated process. Although counties do most of the assessment work in Minnesota, the policies and procedures they follow are determined by the state legislature. State rules govern how the county classifies and values ​​these properties, based on physical characteristics, property usage, and comparable property sales over a prescribed period. In addition, state rules require county-assessed values ​​to fall within a statistical range determined by the state.

  • The time lag confounder. State assessment rules also require the county to use property sales that occurred 18 months ago to determine assessed values. This lag creates confusion when current market conditions do not reflect sales made a year and a half ago. In times of rising property prices, this lag delays the rise in valuations. But during periods of falling values, it is understandable that this generates demands from ratepayers who are concerned that the valuation does not reflect current market conditions.

  • Assessment vs taxes. Local government spending decisions determine whether tax rates increase or decrease. Appraisal assessments are determined without consideration of tax rates, but based on comparable sale values, as noted above. The tax rate is determined later, based on the level of spending approved by local elected officials at the county, city, township, and school district levels. Local government units determine how much they need to run their operations – the values ​​are only used to determine how much of these expenses each person will have to pay.

  • Slice the spending cake. Paying property taxes is like slicing a pie. Government spending is the cake. The value of each property determines how much of that pie each property owner pays in taxes. There are five main reasons a homeowner may see higher taxes year over year. They are:

  1. Government spending has increased.

  2. The market value of the property has declined at a lower rate than other properties.

  3. The market value of the property has increased at a higher rate than other properties.

  4. The property classification has changed.

  5. The state is changing the rules, as it did in 2011, converting ownership credit to ownership exclusion.

Taxpayers with questions may contact Land Services at 218-824-1010, by email at [email protected] or by visiting the county’s website at


Gregory M. Roy