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The Proposed Property Tax Notice, sometimes called the "Truth In Taxation" notice, is mailed in mid-November and provides property taxpayers with an estimate of the property tax they will pay in 2024 if the taxing jurisdictions approve the budget amounts they are considering. Property owners are invited to attend meetings held by the local units of government to express their opinions on local budgets and taxes.
2024 Truth in Taxation Public Budget Meetings (PDF)
Property taxes do not have a set rate like income or sales taxes. With property taxes, taxing jurisdictions determine the dollar amount to raise from property taxes. This is called the "levy." The levy is divided by the total value of the tax base of the taxing jurisdiction to arrive at a tax rate. The tax rate is multiplied by the value of each individual parcel to determine each parcel’s share of the property tax liability. It is possible that taxes may go up even if values went down. The property tax on an individual parcel is affected by a number of factors including:
Want to know if the tax change on a property is generally what other taxpayers are experiencing? This document has information on property taxes in Washington County. This includes information such as counts of parcels by range of tax increase/decrease, and maps of the percentage change in taxes.
Looking for an estimate of what taxes would be if property was homesteaded? This interactive calculator allows you to enter the value of the property and select the location in the county and will provide an estimate of property taxes if the property is homestead vs. non-homestead.
The school tax amount is broken down between Voter approved levies and Other local levies. Contact your school district for specific information for your district.
The proposed 2024 tax notice does not include referenda approved by the voters at the November 7, 2023 election. ISD's 200, 833, 834 & 2144 are holding school referendums for Pay 2024.
Washington County does not have information on the property tax impact of these questions. Visit the links to the school district websites if you want to estimate the impact that the referenda will have on your taxes:
Following are links to additional information regarding property taxes:
Two refund programs are available to homestead property owners. Both are through the State of Minnesota.
Regular Refund, sometimes called the "circuit breaker," is based on household income and the amount of property tax you pay.
Special Refund. To qualify, your net property tax must increase by at least 12 percent and $100. The special refund is not based on income.
Forms and instructions are available from the Minnesota Department of Revenue.