Auditor / Treasurer

The Auditor-Treasurer is a constitutional officer who is elected every four years.

The Auditor-Treasurer office performs the following duties, among others:

Duties

Mailing of Tax Statements

The mailing of annual property tax statements (in the spring) and proposed property taxes (in the fall) are coordinated by this office.

Tax Collections

All real, personal property and mobile home taxes are collected by this office.  After the tax collection period, this office must pay the treasurers of the school districts, cities, townships, and special taxing districts the money collected on their behalf.

Special Assessment Collections

This office collects special assessments for cities and townships relating to water, sewer, sidewalk, curb and gutter, ditch repairs, and then remits the money to the cities or tax authority.

Tax Capacity Calculations

Based on the budgets of the county, townships, cities, school districts, and special taxing districts which are certified to this office, and based on the tax capacity of those districts certified by the county assessor, this office calculates the tax capacity rates on which all taxes are levied and computes taxes on each parcel of land for real and personal taxes.

Elections

The auditor-treasurer office is responsible for administrating elections locally.  This office provides election training for city and township clerks and officials, ordering ballots, registering voters, administering absentee voting ballot requests, providing ballots and elections supplies to the county’s voting precincts, receiving and tabulating election ballots, and reporting the results to secretary of state.

Vitals

Birth, death, and marriage certificates are maintained by the auditor-treasurer office.

Records

The auditor-treasurer signs all warrants and checks issued against the county.

2020 Fee Schedule

 

Marriage Certificate - Non-Certified Copy
$9.00
MN Stat. 144.226 Subd 1(b)
Mortgage Tax
Mortgage Amount X .0023
MN Stat. 287.035
Multiple Copies - Non-certified (birth, death, marriage)
$4.00eachMN Stat. 144.226
Notary Public Service (notarize a document)
$1.00Per SignatureMaximum per County Board & MN Stat. 357.172020
NSF Fee (Check returned for Non-Sufficient Funds)
$30.00per paymentBank
Ordination Fee (needed to perform marriage ceremonies in MN). Credentials of Ordination must be filed in at least 1 MN county.
$25.00
County Board per MN Stat. 517.052013
Property Tax Search Request (per parcel)
$2.50per parcelDepartment
Property Tax Statement Printout - Aumentum screen shot on 8.5" x 11" paper
$1.00per parcelDepartment2017
Property Tax Statement Printout - on official MN DOR 8.5" x 14" paper
$5.00per parcelDepartment2017
Publication in Newspaper Fee for Delinquent Property Tax (parcel listing published annually in March)
$30.00per parcelCounty Board per MN Stat. 279.0922004
Research Fee - Special Report/Project Request
$65.00per hour (1 hr. min.)DepartmentUpdated 2020
Revenue Recapture Fee
$30.00
County Board2004
Revenue Recapture Fee for Mobile Homes
$30.00
State
Reports Requested from Third Parties:




Report - Audit Verification/Confirmation
$65.00
Department2020
Report - Auditor Certificate
$300.00
County Board
Report - PRISM Report Data
$100.00
Department2020
Report - Tax Impact Data (for School Referendums)
$65.00
Department2020
Report Request - Delinquent Tax List/Delinquent Tax Roll
$50.00Free from WebsiteDepartment2020
Report Request - Tax Forfeiture List - (non-formatted)
$50.00
Department2020
Reports - Misc. (non-formatted & emailed)
$20.00
Department2020
Reports - Misc. (non-formatted & mailed)
$40.00
Department2020
Reports - Misc. (formatted)
$60.00
Department2020
Tax Forfeited Property Repurchase Fee (county fee)
$100.00per parcelCounty Board2013
Vital Records Research Request
$30.00per hour (1 hr. min.)Dept/County Board2004


Office Closed to the Public

The Auditor-Treasurer Office is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, our office is available to answer questions over the phone during normal business hours which are Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

The following processes will be followed during this closure:

  • Birth and Death Certificates - Requests for certificates can be made by mailing the application to the Auditor-Treasurer’s Office. Forms are available on the “Vitals Information” page of the Auditor-Treasurer’s web page on the Mower County website. Signatures on the forms must be notarized. Fees can be paid by check or by credit card (2.5% convenience fee applies). Requests will be processed and certificates sent out by mail.
  • Marriage Certificates – Requests will be accepted by phone or by mail. Payment can be made by phone or by mail. No notarizing of signature is necessary.
  • Marriage Licenses – Please contact the Auditor-Treasurer’s office to notify us of your completed online application. If your wedding date is scheduled to occur within the next 30 days, please contact the Auditor-Treasurer’s office at 507-437-9535 to discuss the plan for you to complete the marriage license application process.
  • Property Tax Payments – Payments can be mailed to the Auditor-Treasurer’s office. There is also a payment drop box located outside the LEC (law enforcement entrance) on the northwest side of the Government Center.   Tax payments can also be made over the phone by calling the Auditor-Treasurer’s office at 507-437-9535 or 507-437-9456. A service fee applies to e-check payments and to credit/debit card payments.  Tax payments can also be made online.

Property Tax Penalty Abatement for First Half 2020 Taxes

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has negatively affected many businesses and individuals from a financial and cash flow standpoint, the Mower County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution on April 14 to abate (waive) penalties on unpaid first half 2020 property taxes for two months.  What this means is that as long as first half property taxes are paid by July 15, 2020 (instead of May 15), no penalty will be charged.

Now, penalties for late payment will not be assessed until July 16, 2020. The penalty schedule for unpaid property taxes is detailed on the back of each property tax statement.  The penalties essentially are moved back by two months.  So the May 16 penalty will now be charged on July 16, the June 1 penalty will now be charged on August 1, and so on. Please view the updated tax penalty table here. 

Although the penalties are delayed for late payment, the county does ask those individuals and businesses that are not experiencing financial hardship to not wait until July 15 to pay their property taxes. 

Elections

The 2020 election cycle is in process.

The candidate filing period runs from 8:00 am on May 19, 2020 through 5:00 pm on June 2, 2020.

The state primary election is Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

The state general election is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

For more details on elections, such as which offices are up for election and where the polling locations are in Mower County, please click here.

2020 Census

The 2020 Census is underway.  For more information about the 2020 Census, please click here.