Proposed Property Tax Notices

Proposed Property Tax Notice (TNT Notice)

The Proposed Property Tax Notice, sometimes called the "Truth In Taxation" notice, is mailed in mid-November and provides property taxpayers with an estimate of the property tax they will pay in 2016 if the taxing jurisdictions approve the budget amounts they are considering. Property owners are invited to attend meetings held by the local units of government to express their opinions on local budgets and taxes.
The proposed tax notice is not a bill, do not pay this amount. Final property tax statements will be mailed by the end of March 2016.

Property Tax Calculations-

Property taxes do not have a set rate like income or sales taxes. With property taxes, taxing jurisdictions determine the dollar amount to raise from property taxes. This is called the "levy." The levy is divided by the total value of the tax base of the taxing jurisdiction to arrive at a tax rate. The tax rate is multiplied by the value of each individual parcel to determine each parcel’s share of the property tax liability. It is possible that taxes may go up even if values went down. The property tax on an individual parcel is affected by a number of factors including:
  • Spending decisions (levy) of each taxing jurisdiction
  • Change in value (tax base) of a taxing jurisdiction
  • Change in your parcel’s value
  • How does the value change on your parcel compare to the value change on other parcels, did it go up or down more or less than average?
School District Taxes-
The school tax amount is broken down between Voter approved levies and Other local levies. Contact your school district for specific information for your district.

School District Referenda-
The proposed 2016 tax notice does not include referenda approved by the voters at the November 3, 2015 election. Washington County does not have information on the property tax impact of these questions. Here are links to the school district websites if you want to estimate the impact that the referenda will have on your taxes:

Referenda were approved by voters in the Forest Lake School District 831 and South Washington School District 833. Final taxes in these districts may be higher than proposed taxes. More information is available at 831 Forest Lake and South Washington County schools.

Election Results - MN Secretary of State website

Following are links to additional information:

Levies 2012-2016
How to Calculate Property Taxes
Tax Rates
Description of Line Items

Want to know if the tax change on a property is generally what other taxpayers are experiencing? This document has information on property taxes in Washington County. This includes information such as counts of parcels by range of tax increase/decrease, and maps of the percentage change in taxes.

Looking for an estimate of what taxes would be if property was homesteaded? This interactive calculator allows you to enter the value of the property and select the location in the county and will provide an estimate of property taxes if the property is homestead vs. non-homestead.


Department of Revenue Fact Sheets on property tax topics
House Research
Citizen’s League
League of Minnesota Cities
Minnesota Taxpayer’s Association
Department of Revenue