Keith R. Kern, County Assessor
600 East 4th Street, Chaska, Minnesota 55318
Phone: (952) 361-1960
Fax: (952) 361-1959
Understanding Your Property Assessment
In Minnesota, property taxes provide most of the funding for local government services. Carver County collects the taxes and distributes the money between the county, cities, townships, school districts and special districts such as the Metropolitan Council, Southwest Metro Transit, Water Maintenance Organizations and the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District. Each property's share of taxes is determined according to its value, use, and the property tax levies. Assessors are responsible for estimating property values and setting property classification for tax purposes.
Who are these appraisers and what are their credentials?
The Carver County Property Assessment Department offers assessing services, via contract, to all districts of the county. Appraisers in Carver County are professionals. Stringent training and experience requirements are set by the Minnesota State Board of Assessors which governs and administers licensure of appraisers. Carver County requires additional training and encourages continuous education in the areas of management, organization and customer service.
What does the Assessor do?
Accepts Applications for Property Tax Credits/Exemptions/Exclusions
The Minnesota property tax law provides certain credits or forms of special tax relief. One of the most common is Homestead Exclusion. Applications for some of the programs of interest to property owners are: Homestead Classification; Tax Exemption; Agricultural Tax and Special Assessment Deferment; and Special Disability Classification. Please call the Assessor's Office for more information on qualifying for special tax relief.
The law specifically requires that assessors view each parcel of real estate to appraise its market value. Property values change continuously with changing economic conditions. In addition to market changes, numerous physical changes affect the value of land and buildings. All factors that may influence value must be considered when estimating the value of property. This task requires a physical inspection of all property subject to assessment.
The assessor also determines the classification or use of each parcel. For instance, property may be residential homestead (owner-occupied), relative residential homestead (relative of owner is occupant), residential non-homestead, agricultural, or commercial/industrial. Each classification is taxed and receives credits at a different percentage of market value. These percentages are set by the State Legislature.
For more information on the assessment process, you may contact the Minnesota Department of Revenue at www.revenue.state.mn.us