Waiting until Truth in Taxation hearings will be too late
By JENNIE ZEITLER, Staff Writer
“Morrison County’s tax levy has not increased, even though some residents’ property tax bills have increased,” said Deb Gruber, county administrator.
Russ Nygren, county auditor, explained that Morrison County’s homestead tax base is 8.5 percent, which is one of the higher percentages in Minnesota.
Effective with the current tax statements, the homestead tax credit was eliminated at the same time that a homestead tax exclusion was put in place.
“Because of the shift in the Homestead Market Value Credit, people may think the county tax levy increased, but it did not,” Gruber said.
“Some counties have as little as 2 percent of their tax base in homestead property, so residents there see less of an impact,” said Nygren.
“It’s simply shifting the tax burden to different people, because of one change in the tax laws,” Gruber said. “We have very little control over the state’s tax laws; we are just administering them.”
“If someone wants to talk about their property value, they need to do it this spring,” said Nygren. “If they wait until the Truth in Taxation meeting it will be too late.”
“The first step in the appeal process for valuations is to go to the township meeting and talk to the local Board of Equalization,” Gruber said.
If a person can’t attend that meeting, they can send a representative in their place, or they can send a letter to Glen Erickson, county assessor, at the Morrison County Courthouse.