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:
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.
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.
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.
Birth, death, and marriage certificates are maintained by the auditor-treasurer office.
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)||$4.00||each||MN Stat. 144.226|
|Notary Public Service (notarize a document)||$1.00||Per Signature||Maximum per County Board & MN Stat. 357.17||2020|
|NSF Fee (Check returned for Non-Sufficient Funds)||$30.00||per payment||Bank|
|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. 517.05||2013|
|Property Tax Search Request (per parcel)||$2.50||per parcel||Department|
|Property Tax Statement Printout - Aumentum screen shot on 8.5" x 11" paper||$1.00||per parcel||Department||2017|
|Property Tax Statement Printout - on official MN DOR 8.5" x 14" paper||$5.00||per parcel||Department||2017|
|Publication in Newspaper Fee for Delinquent Property Tax (parcel listing published annually in March)||$30.00||per parcel||County Board per MN Stat. 279.092||2004|
|Research Fee - Special Report/Project Request||$65.00||per hour (1 hr. min.)||Department||Updated 2020|
|Revenue Recapture Fee||$30.00||County Board||2004|
|Revenue Recapture Fee for Mobile Homes||$30.00||State|
|Reports Requested from Third Parties:|
|Report - Audit Verification/Confirmation||$65.00||Department||2020|
|Report - Auditor Certificate||$300.00||County Board|
|Report - PRISM Report Data||$100.00||Department||2020|
|Report - Tax Impact Data (for School Referendums)||$65.00||Department||2020|
|Report Request - Delinquent Tax List/Delinquent Tax Roll||$50.00||Free from Website||Department||2020|
|Report Request - Tax Forfeiture List - (non-formatted)||$50.00||Department||2020|
|Reports - Misc. (non-formatted & emailed)||$20.00||Department||2020|
|Reports - Misc. (non-formatted & mailed)||$40.00||Department||2020|
|Reports - Misc. (formatted)||$60.00||Department||2020|
|Tax Forfeited Property Repurchase Fee (county fee)||$100.00||per parcel||County Board||2013|
|Vital Records Research Request||$30.00||per hour (1 hr. min.)||Dept/County Board||2004|
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.
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.
The 2020 Census is underway. For more information about the 2020 Census, please click here.