- Property Assessing & Zoning
- Special Programs
Tax Reduction or Credit Programs
There are numerous special programs that affect the amount of property taxes certain properties pay. They may reduce the values used to calculate taxes or they may actually be credits or refunds of property taxes paid. Each has its own set of requirements and most require an application to be completed. Please review the information below and contact us at (507) 237-4078 if you have any questions or believe you may qualify for a special program.
Property Tax Refund Program (PTR)
The PTR is a statewide program where certain taxpayers are eligible for a refund of some of their property taxes based on their household income and the amount of taxes they paid. Visit the Minnesota Department of Revenue's PTR Website for an application and more information.
Market Value Exclusion for Disabled Veterans, Primary Family Caregivers & Surviving Spouses
This program provides a market value exclusion for property tax purposes for the homestead property of qualifying veterans and surviving spouses or primary family caregivers of qualifying veterans. Call Lisa Klenk, Sibley County VSO, at (507) 237-4090 or 1-888-VET-LINK for more information or to start the application process.
- Veteran's Application (PDF)
- Surviving Spouse's Application (PDF)
- Primary Family Caregiver Application (PDF)
Class 1b Blind / Disabled Homestead
This special homestead classification provides a reduced class rate for homestead property of any person who is either:
- Legally blind (must attach a copy of a signed and approved letter from your eye doctor stating you are legally blind)
- Permanently and totally disabled (must attach a letter from a qualified agency certifying that you are totally and permanently disabled and receive disability payments)
For more information, view the Class 1b Factsheet.
Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral
This program may help qualifying seniors who are having difficulty paying their property taxes by limiting property taxes to 3% of income. The state provides a loan for the difference. There are age and income requirements, among others.
Green Acres (Minnesota Agricultural Property Tax Law)
This program provides property tax relief for owners of agricultural property in areas where the market value of land is being affected by development pressure or other non-agricultural factors.
For more information, view the Green Acres Factsheet (PDF).
Rural Preserve Property Tax Program
This program provides property tax relief for qualifying owners of rural vacant land in areas where the market value of land is being affected by development pressure or other factors.
For more information, view the Rural Preserve Property Tax Program Factsheet (PDF).
Class 2c Managed Forest Land
This property classification provides a reduced class rate of 0.65% to forested property that is subject to a current forest management (stewardship) plan and that meets other requirements.
For more information, view the Managed Forest Land Factsheet (PDF).
Special Agricultural Homestead
Special Agricultural Homestead is an annual application that must be returned to the Assessor's office by December 31st of each year to continue the homestead benefit for the next payable tax year. The applications are available by emailing, calling, or visiting the county assessor's office.
Special Ag extends homestead treatment to a property owner who does not live on the farm but actively farms the land or who has a spouse, a sibling, child, grandchild, or parent who actively farms the land. This homestead provision may also allow property held under a trust and property owned or leased by an authorized farm entity and farmed by one of its members to receive a special agricultural homestead if all additional requirements are met.
There are numerous different applications depending on the owner/farmer situation. We ask that you contact the Assessor's Office if you feel you may qualify and would like an application.
Property Exemption Applications
- General Exemption (PDF)
- Purely Public Charity (PDF)
- Nursing Homes and Boarding Care Homes (PDF)
- Pollution Control Properties (PDF)
- 4c(3)(i) - Non-Profit Community Service (PDF)
- 4c(3)(ii) - Non-Profit Community Service (PDF)
- 4c(3)(ii) - Schedule C Addendum (PDF)
If you believe you may qualify for any of these programs or have questions, contact us at (507) 237-4078.