Understanding Property Taxes
"Special Delivery" a short video produced by the League of Minnesota Cities that describes City services and factors that can affect your property taxes.
Property Taxes 101 (PDF): Describes the basics of how Minnesota's property tax system works. From the League of Minnesota Cities.
Property Tax Statements 101 (PDF): Describes each section of your property tax statement. From the League of Minnesota Cities.
Property Tax Relief
Fol\lowing are programs offered by the State of Minnesota for property tax relief.
Homeowner Property Tax Relief Programs 101 (PDF): Describes property tax relief programs offered in the State of Minnesota. From the League of Minnesota Cities.
Property Valuation and Payment Dates
The City contracts with Scott County Property & Taxation to determine property values. A property's value is one of the factors used to calculate your property taxes. Property value is included in your annual tax statement mailed by Scott County, typically in March. Scott County has information on how property values are determined, how to obtain more information, and how to appeal your valuation. Property value appeals are time-sensitive and must be filed by a certain date each year.
Property Tax Payment Dates:
Most property taxes are due in May and October and paid to Scott County taxation. If you do not escrow with a mortgage company, you may pay your property taxes online.
Find Property Information:
Scott County has several resources online to help find property information.
City Levy Process
Your property tax statement reflects City, County, School, and other taxing authorities levies. The City must certifiy an initial budget and levy by mid-September of each year. The final City budget and levy must be certified in December of each year. After the initial levy is certified, but before the final levy is certified the City holds a public "truth in taxation" hearing. This is an opportunity for property owners to voice opinions regarding the City's proposed budget and levy. At the hearing the City will provide an overview of major changes, if any, in the proposed budget. The hearing will be opened and any property owner in Belle Plaine may speak. This is an opportunity to comment on the City budget, but not your property value.