What tax information is available to me from the Auditor's Office?
The Auditor-Treasurer's Office is responsible for calculating property taxes, distributing funds to the appropriate municipalities, school districts and other taxing agencies, levied special assessments, and calculating proposed tax notices.
How do I change the mailing address on my tax statement?
Contact the Auditor-Treasurer’s Office in writing with the correct address information. Address is listed below:
Cathy J. Clemmer
Pine County Auditor-Treasurer
635 Northridge Dr NW, Suite 240
Pine City, MN 55063
How are my property taxes calculated?
The Auditor-Treasurer’s Office computes your property taxes by multiplying the taxable value of your property by the total tax rate of the district in which your property is located. The Minnesota State Legislature sets classification rates. The value of your property is determined by the County Assessor's Office, and the classification is based on use.
Where do my property tax dollars go?
Property tax dollars are distributed to the county, school district, municipality or township, and other special taxing districts in which your property is located.
What if I become delinquent on my property Taxes?
Current year taxes are paid in the Treasurer’s Office. Property taxes become delinquent in the year following the payable year and delinquent taxes are handled within the Auditor’s Office. Interest and penalty accrue on a monthly basis. Judgment is taken on the property and the forfeiture process begins.
What can I do to protect my property from forfeiture?
All property owners who are in the position of their property being forfeited will be notified by certified mail, the property will be served by the Pine County Sheriff and notice will be published in the county paper to best assure no property will be forfeited without property owner knowledge. If for any reason you are unable to pay past taxes, please contact the Auditor's Office. The staff of the Auditor’s Office will be able to assist you in finding the best option for you to protect your property from forfeiture.
What is "Confession of Judgment" and how does it work?
A confession of judgment allows the property owner and/or taxpayer to pay off the delinquent tax amount due on a parcel of real property and is offered anytime after delinquent taxes are determined and prior to the expiration of the period of redemption or tax forfeiture. The total delinquent tax amount due on a parcel is combined into a single total sum. The property owner and/or taxpayer who choose this plan agree to pay the single total sum under either a 5-year or a 10-year installment plan (dependent on the classification of the property in which the judgment is being taken out). Yearly payment must be made and current year taxes must be paid or the confession of judgment will be cancelled. A Confession of Judgment is a substitute for the original tax judgment against the parcel of real property. It provides an alternative way of fulfilling the conditions of the original tax judgment. For purpose of clarity and convenience, the phrase, “delinquent tax amount,” is the total sum of the following amounts – Delinquent taxes, special assessments (if any), penalties, costs and interest.
What is a Truth – In – Taxation (TNT) notice?
The Truth - In - Taxation notice (TNT), also called the Proposed Tax Notice, is mailed to property owners during November each year. This notice indicates the anticipated property tax you will pay the following year if your local jurisdictions approve the budget amounts they are considering. Property owners are invited to attend meetings held by their local jurisdictions to express their opinions on local budgets.