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Property Tax Payment Information 

Property taxes can be paid in person at the Auditor-Treasurer’s office located at 201 First Street NE, Austin. Hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Property taxes can also be paid by mail. The mailing address is: Mower County Auditor-Treasurer, 201 First Street NE, Suite 7, Austin, MN 55912. Make checks payable to “Mower County”. Payments must be postmarked on or before the due date to avoid late penalties.

Property taxes can also be paid by automatic withdrawal. Please see additional details on this option further down on this webpage.

Property taxes can also be paid over the phone by credit card (an additional 2.5% processing fee will be assessed), or by “e-check” ($1.50 fee assessed for tax payment under $10,000; and $10 fee assessed for tax payment over $10,000) which is done by providing your bank routing number and bank account number over the phone.

When paying by mail or in person, please remember to include the payment stub from the property tax statement with your payment, especially when you are paying the taxes on multiple parcels.

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Access Property Tax Statements


Mower County’s tax statements are available through our public interactive GIS site.  You can access the site HERE and select the link "Public Interactive GIS Map".

How to use the Interactive GIS to access a tax statement
 
For help on how to use the GIS site email GISSupport@co.mower.mn.us, or call 507-437-9527 for  assistance. 

For help locating a Tax Statement, or have a question about taxes?  Email michelem@co.mower.mn.us, or call 507-437-9456 for assistance.

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Form for Automatic Withdrawal to Pay Mower County Property Taxes

Worried about forgetting to pay your property taxes on time?  You can have your Mower County property taxes paid electronically by signing up for Automatic Withdrawal of funds from your bank account.  There is no charge for this service.  Simply fill out the following form and submit it to the Mower County Auditor-Treasurer’s office at least 2 weeks prior to the next due date of your property taxes.  Automatic Withdrawal Form

Please note:  If a property owner prepays their property taxes, the automatic withdrawal arrangement is terminated and the property owner will either need to complete and submit a new Authorization for Automatic Withdrawal form to re-instate the automatic payment feature, or pay future taxes due by check or credit card.

Please note:  Automatic withdrawal is not available for paying past due (delinquent) property taxes.

If you have any questions, please call the Auditor-Treasurer’s office at 507-437-9456.
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Delinquent Tax List  

Property owners with delinquent property taxes from prior years are encouraged to pay those as soon as possible to avoid interest charges continuing to be accrued.

Instructions for using the Delinquent Tax List in Adobe format

You can search for a particular parcel by name, address or parcel number (xx.xxx.xxxx) in Adobe.  To begin a search, start with your cursor at the beginning of the document.  Choose Edit from the Menu Bar and choose Find, or use the shortcut Ctrl + F, and enter the name or parcel number you wish to locate.  Then you can either hit Enter or click on the Next arrow.  If you should happen to be in the middle of the document when you begin a search, you will need to press the Previous or Next arrows accordingly.  This will take you to the parcel.  Note that the Delinquent Tax List is in order from oldest to newest delinquent year.  Therefore, to ensure all delinquent years are accounted for, click the Next arrow to search through the remaining document for additional delinquent taxes. 
 
If you receive this message:  “Acrobat has finished searching the document.  The find item was not found,” then that parcel does not have delinquent taxes or you have reached the end of the document.  To be sure, check that the number has been entered correctly
 
These lists will be updated daily for use.  Please note the payoff date or report date in the upper right corner of the report to ensure you have the correct list.  If you should have any questions about the information on this list, please contact our office at 507-437-9456

If the delinquent tax list is not updated for the current month, please call our office for an accurate payoff amount.

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Plat Listing

We have also added a plat listing to help you in finding your parcel on this list should you not have a parcel number.  This plat listing will tell you the first five numbers of the parcel number, the subdivision it represents, and the city in which it lies.  If you should have additional questions on this list, please give our office a call at (507) 437-9456.

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Schedule of Penalties for Late Payment of Property Tax

 To avoid a penalty, envelopes must be postmarked by the due date to be considered paid on time.  If you pay your first half and second half property tax after the due dates, a penalty will be added to your tax. The later you pay, the greater the penalty you must pay. This table shows the penalty you will pay if your property taxes due are not paid before the date shown:

Tax Schedule


If the due date for your second half property tax payment is November 15th and your property is classified as agricultural homestead property, the penalty rates for late payments are: 6% if you pay from November 16th through November 30th;   8% if you pay from December 1st through January 1st; and 10% if you pay on January 2nd, or later.
   
If the due date for your second half property tax payment is November 15th and your property is classified as agricultural non-homestead property, the penalty rates for late payment are: 8% if you pay from November 16th through November 30th ; 12% if you pay from December 1st through January 1st; and 14% if you pay on January 2nd, or later.
   
If you own both a farm and another type of property, a home in town for example, the November 15th due date applies only to the property taxes on your farm property. The property taxes on your other property are due October 15th. The special law does not apply to first-half property taxes. First-half property taxes on all property, including farm property, are due May 15th.

Note to manufactured homeowners:  The title to your manufactured home cannot be transferred unless all current year and delinquent personal property taxes are paid at the time of transfer.
   
NOTE: The taxes for personal property located on leased government-owned land may be paid in two installments which are due at the same time as real property taxes, and which are subject to the same penalty schedule and penalty rates as real property taxes. All other personal property taxes are due in full on or before May 15th.

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Important Additional Notes:

- Taxpayers are responsible for the payment of tax and this is not affected by the failure to provide a statement for a parcel.
- We do not mail second half statements.
- Payment - We are prohibited from accepting post-dated checks. Payment must be made in U.S. Dollars by Money Order or Draft from a U.S. Bank or Branch.  Draft must have bank's coded transit number along bottom edge.
- Postmark determines mail payment date.  Laws 1996, Chapter 471, Article 3, Section 22, enacted as M.S. 276.017 provide that a United States Postal Service Postmark Qualifies as Proof of Timely Mailing; However Postmark of a Private Postage Meter Machine does not qualify as proof of timely mailing. 
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 Levy Forms for Townships and Cities

Resolution Adopting Proposed Tax Levy - Cities        
Proposed Levy Certification for Cities     
Levy Certification for Cities  
Levy Certification for Townships        
Completed forms may be mailed, faxed, or dropped off at office.      

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Auditor/Treasurer's Office
201 1st Street NE, Suite 7
Austin, MN  55912

(507) 437-9535  fax: (507) 434-2646
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