Real Estate and Tax Services

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my tax statement?

Tax Statements for manufactured homes are mailed July 15th of each year. 

When are my taxes due?

August 31st – First half of annual manufactured home tax payment.
November 15th – Second half of annual manufactured home tax payment is due.

Who is the responsible party for taxes on manufactured homes?

The owner of record as of January 2nd of the year the taxes are levied is the responsible party.  If the home is sold, responsibility is between the buyer and seller.  We will hold the seller responsible for the entire year’s tax, and if left unpaid, we will pursue collection from the original owner.

How can I obtain a copy of my tax statement?

You can obtain a copy of the tax statement from our website by searching the property tax records.  To do so click on the link ‘property tax inquiry’.  Enter your property id number, or address.  Click Search and wait for information to appear.  Select your parcel and wait for the information to appear.  Click the PRINT BILL button.  This will bring up a PDF version of your tax statement that can be printed.

I am selling my home, what do I need to do to get the title transferred?

1. All delinquent and current year taxes in your name need to be paid on the manufactured home before a title transfer can take place.

2. You will need a certification from the Real Estate & Tax Service Department stating that all the taxes in your name are paid.

3. You can take this certification, your title, and all required lien releases to any Department of Motor Vehicles Office within the State of Minnesota to actually transfer the title.

I am moving my home, what do I need?

1. A moving permit is required to move a mobile home and all delinquent and current year taxes must be paid.

2. You will need a certification from the Real Estate & Tax Services Department stating all taxes are paid to obtain your moving permit.

3. If the mobile home will be moved down any state highway, the permit is obtained from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.  (3920 Hwy 2 W, Bemidji MN).   If it is being moved only on county roads, the permit can be obtained at the County Highway Department (2491 Adams Ave NW, Bemidji MN).  

 

When will I receive my tax statement?

Property tax statements for Real Estate and Personal Property are mailed once a year to the January 2nd taxpayer of record  by March 31st of each year.   Statements for severed mineral interests are also mailed at this time.  Mobile Home tax statements are mailed by July 15th of each year.

When are my taxes due?

May 15th – First half of the annual Real Estate, Personal Property and Severed Mineral tax payment (Or the entire amounts if stated on your tax statement) is due.

August 31st – First half of the annual Mobile Home tax payment (or the entire amount if stated on your tax statement) is due.

October 15th – Second half of the annual Real Estate, Personal Property, and Severed Mineral (non-Ag parcels only) tax payment is due.

November 15th – Second half of the annual Real Estate (Ag parcels only), and Mobile Home tax payment is due.

How can I pay my taxes? or What if my payment is late?

See Payment Options

Can I make a partial payment?

Partial payments are accepted on current taxes.  If any portion of the tax is overdue, the penalty is paid first on the current tax per M.S. 277.02; 279.01, Subd. 1.

Partial payments are also accepted on delinquent taxes.  Payments are applied in inverse order per M.S. 280.39.  (Example – Pay 2007 & Pay 2008 are delinquent – a partial payment would be applied to the total 2008 tax, penalty, interest and cost first, then any more payments would be applied to the 2007 amounts.) Amounts received are applied first to penalty, interest, and costs, with the remaining balance applied to the tax. 

When is my tax bill considered delinquent?

If the tax remains unpaid through December 31st, on January 2nd it is considered delinquent and interest will accrue on a monthly basis.  If the delinquent taxes are not paid prior to March 1st, your name and property information will be published in the delinquent newspaper list, and a $25.00 publishing cost will be added. If the tax is still unpaid by the 2nd Monday in May, court judgment will be entered against the property for the unpaid tax, penalty, interest and costs.  This is the beginning of the forfeiture process.

When would my property forfeit for non-payment of taxes once it becomes delinquent?

Three years after it is entered into judgement.

How to I record a Postponement of Mortage Foreclosure Affidavit in Beltrami County?

Contact the Real Estate and Tax Servies department at:

Email to taxes@co.beltrami.mn.us or call 218-333-4138

What factors affect my property taxes?

Changes to the lax levy (amount of money requested from property taxes) made by the city, county, school district or special taxing districts.

The total tax capacity base of your city/township may change due to changes in homestead, forfeitures, and/or estimated market value updates.  This would affect the tax rate of the district.

Changes to the market value or classification of your property.

Legislative changes to the classification rates, state aid formulas and other tax laws.

Legislative unfunded mandates (usually seen as an increase in local government tax levies).

New taxes approved by a voter referendum.

Where do my tax dollars go?

Property taxes are distributed to the county, school district, city or township, and the other special taxing districts in which your property is located.  County wide special taxing districts in Beltrami County are Headwaters Regional Development Commission and the Bemidji Regional Airport.  (All property in Beltrami County contributes tax dollars to these authorities.) The other special taxing districts which are not county wide, and which your property may be located are Red Lake Watershed, Roseau River Watershed, and the Blackduck Emergency Services District. (Only properties within the authority’s boundaries contribute tax dollars to these authorities.)

How can I obtain a copy of my tax statement?

You can obtain a copy of the tax statement from our website by searching the property tax records using the property tax inquiry.  Enter your property id number, or address.  Click Search and wait for information to appear.  Select your parcel and wait for the information to appear.  Click the PRINT BILL button.  This will bring up a PDF version of your tax statement that can be printed.

How do I change my mailing address on my tax statement?

Contact the Real Estate & Tax Services with the correct mailing address.  Email to taxes@co.beltrami.mn.us.  Phone calls can be made to 218-333-4138, or by mail to:
Beltrami County Real Estate & Tax Services
701 Minnesota Ave NW, Suite 220
Bemidji, MN   56601-3178

What is the State Property Tax Refund, and do I qualify for it?

Visit the Minnesota Department of Revenue for more information:  www.taxes.state.mn.us/taxes/prop_refund/index.shtml

I am filing for the State Property Tax Refund and don't have my current year statement. When will I receive it?

Property tax statements for the current year are mailed by the end of March.  You will need to wait until you receive the statement to file for the refund.  In Year 2009 you will use the 2008 Booklet with your 2008 Income Tax with your 2009 Tax Statement.
If you have lost your statement or did not receive one, follow the instructions under question 10 above to print a copy from our web site.

Are there any property tax deferral programs available for Senior Citizens?

The State administers the Senior Citizens Property Tax Deferral program.  To be eligible, you must be at least 65 years old with a household income of $60,000 or less, and have lived in your home for at least 15 years.  If you qualify, your taxes cannot exceed 3% of your net income.  The State of Minnesota will pay any remaining tax as a low interest loan.  The unpaid tax along with accumulated interest will become a lien on the property.  This lien must be satisfied upon sale of the property.  All property tax refunds or rebates applied for by participants will be applied to the deferred property tax total.  Forms and instructions are available from the State of Minnesota. CR-SCD 

There is also a reduction in the solid waste fee for qualified senior citizens.  Seniors 65 or older who own and occupy their homes, and are within 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for Income shall only pay ½ of the Solid Waste Service Fee. 

Are there any property tax deferral programs available for Blind or Disabled taxpayers?

If you are blind, disabled, or paraplegic, you may be entitled to receive a special tax classification for the home you live in.  For more information about this special tax classification, contact the Assessor’s Office at 218-333-4113.

There is also a reduction in the solid waste fee for qualified disabled citizens.  Those taxpayers who are officially certified as disabled by the Federal Social Security Office, and who own and occupy their homes, and meet the Federal Poverty Guidelines shall pay ½ of the solid waste fee. 

 

When will I receive my tax statement?

Property tax statements for Real Estate and Personal Property are mailed once a year to the January 2nd taxpayer of record by March 31st of each year.  Statements for severed mineral interests are also mailed at this time.  Mobile Home tax statements are mailed by July 15th of each year.

I no longer own this property so why am I receiving this statement?

Per Minnesota Statute 275.28, the owner of record on January 2nd of each year receives the tax statement.

How can I obtain a copy of my tax statement?

You can obtain a copy of the tax statement from our website by using the Property Tax Inquiry.  Enter your property id number, or address and  click Search. Select your parcel and wait for the information to appear.  Click the PRINT BILL button to print a PDF version of your tax statement.

I received my tax statement but my taxes are escrowed.  How do I know my mortgage company has received this information?

All taxpayers receive the original statement once a year.  On the stubs at the bottom of the statement, an escrow company will be listed if we have one in our tax system.  If this information is incorrect or missing, you will need to call your mortgage company to verify they have all necessary information to make the payment.

I recently purchased a property in Beltrami County, but I did not receive the tax statement.

You may print off a statement following the instructions under How can I obtain a copy of my tax statement? listed above.  Tax statements are mailed once a year to the owner of record as of January 2nd of each year.  We do attempt to mail out notices to all new buyers as a courtesy, but this mailing is not required by statute.  The current year taxes should be addressed between the buyer and seller at the time of sale.  Any penalty due as a result of a late payment will not be waived.

My tax statement shows non-homestead, but I live in the house located on the property.  How do I file or check on my homestead application?

Inquire at the Real Estate & Tax Services department where you can either check on the status of your application, or complete the homestead application.  You may also contact the Assessor’s staff.

What entities are included in OTHERS on my tax statement?

If your property is located in more than 2 special taxing districts, the other entities are combined under the ‘OTHERS’ on your tax statement.  This may be any combination of the taxing entities listed below:

Headwaters Regional Development Commission

Red Lake Watershed

Roseau River Watershed

Blackduck Emergency Services District

Bemidji Regional Airport

 

I paid the special assessment, why is it is still showing on my tax statement?

Special assessments are certified to the county at the end of each year for the following year.  If you paid off your assessment January 1 or later of the year, you would still have an amount for that year only.  If you paid it off prior to January 1, you will need to contact the city or township that placed the special assessment on your property.

What is the ‘Solid Waste’ for on my tax statement?

The county charges a solid waste service fee to every livable home and cabin in our county.  The fee covers the cost of providing for disposal of waste in our county in addition to covering the costs associated with recycling.  People living in Beltrami County and paying the solid waste service fee may bring their household solid waste to our transfer station without paying a ‘tipping fee’ to dispose of it.  The fee is a set amount per home or cabin and is not adjusted for the amount of usage or solid waste generated by that home.

What is a Special Assessment?

A special assessment is usually an improvement which directly benefits the property.  Common assessments include streets, sidewalk, and sewers.  The amount is not based on the value of the property, but is based on how much the property benefits from the improvement and the cost of doing the project. 

Who sets the interest rate on special assessments?

The amount, interest, and terms of a special assessment are determined by the city or township levying the assessment.

What is the Solid Waste Fee & E-911 Fee?

Beltrami County collects a Solid Waste Fee on every residential unit in the county.  Each apartment, mobile home and real estate unit is charged a separate fee.  The fees go toward the cost of solid waste handling and management.  Although some residents pay for a garbage collection service to pick up, haul and dump their solid waste, some residents haul their refuse to the transfer station themselves.  The solid waste fee covers the disposal of that refuse.

The E-911 fee goes toward covering the cost of emergency response in the county.  Anything from E-911 signs to the software that is used in the Sheriff’s Dispatch Center to the tower and radio system for emergency response, the fee goes toward assuring that citizens receive the best and quickest response possible when they need help in an emergency such as fires, burglary and medical emergencies to name a few.

Why are special assessments not shown on the Truth in Taxation Notices received in the fall of each year?

The special assessment information from the cities/townships is not available at the time notices are prepared, and the information to be printed on this notice is determined by Minnesota Statute.

How do I find out the remaining balance of a current special assessment?

The city/township levying the assessment has that information, and it also is available at the Beltrami County Real Estate & Tax Services Department.  (218-333-4138) The actual payment to pay the remaining balance must be made to the levying authority

What is Tax Increment Financing (TIF)?

TIF is a municipal development program which enables a city to use property taxes that a proposed development project would generate to finance development of the property.  Usually the issuance of a bond is necessary for that development to occur.  Bonds are repaid by the taxes that are generated by the new development and construction.  The taxes captured to repay the bonds come from all the taxing districts that normally levy a tax on the property.

Is a Tax Increment Tax an additional tax?

No, Tax Increment Financing is not an additional tax.  TIF does not affect the calculation of the tax amount.  It affects the distribution of the tax.  The tax due is calculated the same as a property that is not located in a TIF district, however a potion of the money that would normally go to the County, City, School, and special taxing districts is instead sent to the TIF district.


 

What is a Truth in Taxation Notice?

The Truth in Taxation (TNT) Notice indicates the anticipated property tax that you will pay the following year if your local jurisdictions approve the budget amounts they are considering.  TNT Notices are also called the ‘Proposed Tax Statement’. 

When will I receive my Truth in Taxation Notice?

TNT Notices are mailed after November 10th, but no later than November 24th of each year.

Why are special assessments not shown on the Truth in Taxation Notices received in the fall of each year?

The special assessment information from the cities/townships is not available at the time the notices are prepared, and the information to be printed on this notice is determined by Minnesota Statute.

Can the amount of tax change from what is listed on my TNT Notice?

Yes, the amounts may differ for the following reasons:
1. Your TNT Notice does not include special assessments and/or ditches.
2. Referendums could pass which will increase your tax.
3. Taxing jurisdictions could lower their tax levy. 
4. Property owners could file for homestead classification.
5. The total tax capacity base of your city/township may change due to changes in homestead, forfeitures, and/or value corrections, which would affect the tax rates.

Why are some taxing districts not holding a TNT Meeting?

State Statutes allow taxing jurisdictions that meet certain requirements to be exempt from holding a public meeting.

A school district referendum passed at the November General Election.  Is the increase reflected on the Truth in Taxation Notice?

No.  The TNT Notices are based on levies prior to the referendum election.  The school district should provide the estimated tax impact on your property prior to the election.  An updated TNT Notice will not be mailed, nor proposed tax amounts re-calculated with the additional levy.