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