Property Tax Calculator

Published: January 31, 2020

The Property Tax Calculator is an interactive tool that allows users to compare the property tax data by year, city, regions, and population:

  • Data on homestead property taxes is available for the last five years.
  • Users can compare multiple years and property values.
  • Cities can be selected by name, region or population.

If you need additional data, contact Rachel Walker — see “Your LMC Resource” for contact information.

How to use the Property Tax Calculator:

  • To select multiple cities, hold down the Ctrl or Shift key.
  • To select cities by region:
    • Select the region by either clicking on the map or selecting the region from the list.
    • Select the population range and then click the add button.
    • Cities meeting the criteria you have selected will be added to the list.

Additional resources:

Notes about the data used:

  • The Property Tax Calculator uses data from the Minnesota Department of Revenue (DOR). Data for taxes payable 2017, 2018 and 2019 is now included.
  • For Property Type, only homestead property tax information is available. Please contact Rachel Walker if you need assistance with business property tax estimates (see “Your LMC Resource” for contact information).

Guidance for using the Property Tax Calculator

The data contained in the calculator represents only one way of looking at city finances and budgets. To compare tax rates and property tax levies, the annual property tax tables available on the League’s site are useful. For revenue and expenditure information, look to data from the Office of the State Auditor.

You can make comparisons over time for a given city to see the changes in taxes owed to the city and to all local jurisdictions. When doing so, keep in mind that home values fluctuate over time as well, so using different median or typical values for different years may be more accurate.

You can make comparisons between cities to see differences in taxes owed within different communities. Again, keep in mind that purchasing power varies widely across the state. While a $200,000 home may be very typical in one community and therefore generate a typical tax bill using the calculator, a $200,000 home may be the exception in another community.

It can be more accurate to use different home values for different communities, depending on what is typical in those communities. In other words, buyers may be able to get a three-bedroom house for $200,000 in one city but have to pay $400,000 for that same house in another community.

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Glossary of terms

City tax

Estimated city property taxes.

City tax with credit

Estimated city property taxes after market value homestead credit (MVHC) is applied. The MVHC program was in effect from 2002 to 2011. Beginning with taxes payable in 2012, MVHC was replaced with the homestead market value exclusion (HMVE).

Population range

Determined by population estimates for 2014 (the most recent year available). Population estimates come from the state demographer and the Metropolitan Council (for cities in the seven-county metro area).

Property market value

Assessed market value of property.

Property type

Homestead: property classified as residential homestead
Business: property classified as commercial/industrial

Regions

The state is divided into 13 economic development regions.

Total tax

Shows estimate of total tax. Property owners within cities pay property taxes to each local government: county, city, school district, and any special district(s).

Total tax with credit

  • 1997: Shows estimate of total tax. There were no property tax credit programs in effect in 1997.
  • 1998-2001: Shows estimate of total tax amount after education homestead credit is applied.
  • 2002-2011: Shows estimate of total tax amount after market value homestead credit (MVHC) is applied.
  • 2012 & beyond: Shows estimate of total tax. The MVHC program was replaced with the homestead market value exclusion (HMVE) program.

Years

Property tax calculator data is available from 1997 onward. For 2010, data for cities in Polk and Mower counties is preliminary.

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