Information regarding property tax appeals can be found on Olmsted County Property Records and Licensing's Appeal an Assessment page.
Olmsted County’s Alternative Service Methods for Tax Petitions for the Filing Deadline (now extended by the MN Legislature to May 30, 2020)
For the taxes payable in 2021, Olmsted County has extended its alternative service procedures for so long as the Governor's Executive Order declaring a peacetime emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic remains in effect.
NOTE: The below procedures are intended to accommodate COVID-19 Restrictions and do not represent permanent changes in County policy and procedures. The alternative methods are temporary and apply only to the April 30, 2020 filing deadline for tax petitions (now extended to May 30, 2020).
Statutory April 30 deadline for service/filing
Generally, Minnesota Statutes section 278.01 requires service of one copy of a tax petition upon the county auditor, one copy on the county attorney, one copy on the county treasurer, and three copies on the county assessor. The county assessor then forwards one copy of the petition to the appropriate local government authorities and to the applicable school board of the district in which the property is located. For all counties, the petitioner must also file the copies with proof of service, in the office of the court administrator of the district court on or before April 30 of the year in which the tax becomes payable.
Olmsted County’s Accommodation in Response to COVID-19 Restrictions
With the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic still unknown, the County of Olmsted issued certain directives, consistent with State policy, including the temporary closure of public service centers for a period of time to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of the public facility closures, which may interfere with the service deadline of April 30, 2020 (now extended to May 30, 2020), for tax petitions, Olmsted County has developed alternative methods for service of tax petitions as follows:
Acceptable Alternative Service of Tax Petitions on Olmsted County Entities
The County of Olmsted will accept email filings of tax petitions for April 30, 2020 (now extended to May 30, 2020) service/filing deadline. Olmsted County has set up a special email link for service of tax petitions, which is provided below. The tax petition email box will be monitored by certain designated staff to provide for service on all required entities: (1) County Auditor/Treasurer and Assessor’s Office (The County Auditor/Treasurer and Assessor’s Offices have been merged in Olmsted County into one combined Property Records and Licensing Department and so service on the Department is effective for all of these entities); and (2) County Attorney’s Office.
Concurrently, tax petitioners choosing to email serve the County must also serve a copy by U.S. mail, as directed below. The request for mail service in addition to email is to protect both the County and taxpayers from potential misdirection of emails or other complications that can occur with email transmission, which would interfere with the County’s receipt of tax petitions.
For those Petitioners who do not have computers or are unable to serve via email, the County will accept filings by U.S. mail, without email, at the address provided below.
Email Service of tax petitions upon Olmsted County may be accomplished by emailing the Petition to the following link: email@example.com.
Mail Service of tax petitions upon Olmsted County may be accomplished by sending the Petition via regular U.S. mail to the following address:
Olmsted County Attorney’s Office
151 Fourth Street Southeast
Rochester, Minnesota 55904
Acknowledgment of Service: Upon receipt of tax petitions, the County will issue to Petitioners an acknowledgment of service showing that the required county entities have been served