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Is your tax bill is correct?

The State of Minnesota desperately needs a cash flow of $7 billion for the next biennium. To meet this shortage will require increases in our property taxes.

You can determine if your tax bill is correct and comparable with others in your community. The key is to review the local assessors "field card" for your property designated by parcel numbers. The field card is the assessor's itemized work sheet. It lists the buildings, acreage, amenities, depreciation and dollar values. There can be errors. To err is human. This is why taxpayers should call or visit the county assessor's office and request their field card. It is free and public information. To obtain neighbor's field cards for comparison requires a fee of 25 cents per sheet.

Field card structures vary by county and may require obtaining CAMA (computer) codes in some counties. Your assessor has an obligation to assist you in correctly interpreting your field card. This is important because several recent studies show assessment errors of 50 percent and higher. -- Les Ristinen, Frazee