Property Tax Reports

Note: Reports delayed

The League usually publishes a property tax report in the September-October issue of Minnesota Cities magazine and online using data from the Minnesota Department of Revenue (DOR). However, the information used for the report has been unavailable for 2017 and 2018 because the DOR has been going through a significant transition to a new database system called PRISM.

The payable 2017 and 2018 tax data is still not available, as of April 12, 2019. The reason, according to DOR staff, is that there have been problems integrating the data for a few counties into the new database system. League staff have repeatedly inquired about whether preliminary data could be shared while the database issues are addressed. DOR staff recently clarified that they are unable to share the preliminary data publicly.

The League will continue to press DOR to make data available, as the significant delays make it harder for cities to prepare their budgets and to communicate with the public. The information will be posted here as soon as it is available. Stay tuned to the LMC Cities Bulletin to find out when the property tax report and accompanying information is available online.

Usefulness of the data

This property tax information is intended for city officials and staff to use for preparing city budgets, communicating with city residents, and understanding how the tax base and tax rates change over time. The tax tables use data from the Minnesota Department of Revenue to present a wide range of information in an accessible way. City officials and staff can learn the makeup of the local tax base, the different tax rates that apply in their community, and calculate estimated taxes on homes. Historical data is included here to allow for looking at trends over time.

If you have questions or need assistance analyzing the tax data further, contact League Policy Analysis Manager Rachel Walker at rwalker@lmc.org.

Index of reports & supplementary information

2017 Property Tax Information

The tax capacity information was the only data available from the Minnesota Department of Revenue in 2017.

2016 Property Tax Information

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2015 Property Tax Information

  • 2015 Property Tax Report (pdf)
    The 2015 property tax report brings some good news about city finances for the second year in a row. Once again, we are seeing property values increase for cities overall. In addition, local government aid (LGA) increased for more than 85 percent of the cities that received LGA, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Revenue. In this 23rd annual League of Minnesota Cities property tax report, we’ll explore these and other market value and tax capacity trends. We’ll also provide an update on current policy issues related to the property tax system.
  • 2015 Property Tax Data (xls)
    Table containing 2015 data on Minnesota's 852 cities as well as League member townships.
  • 2015 Property Taxes: Comparative Data, corrected (xls)
    This table has been corrected to reflect group averages and not totals; see the PDF document below for an explanation of the data in this table.
  • 2015 Property Taxes: Comparative Data (pdf)
    This special supplement includes a comparison of property tax data by region and population size category.
  • 2015 City-by-City Market Value & Tax Capacity Composition (pdf)

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2014 Property Tax Information

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