Understanding Property Taxes
This short video available from The League of Minnesota Cities, "Special Delivery" is a story about city services and the factors that affect property tax rates. It explains property tax statements and the various elements that are included on the single statement.
- Property Taxation 101 [PDF]: Describes the basics of Minnesota's property tax system
- Property Tax Statement 101 [PDF]: Explains the basics of the residential property tax system by reviewing each section of the property tax statement
- Market Value Exclusion 101 [PDF]
Property Tax Relief
- Property Tax Relief 101 [PDF]: There are three property tax relief programs aimed at homeowners offered by the state of Minnesota: Homestead Credit Refund Program, the Targeting Property Tax Refund and the Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral Program. This document is intended to provide a basic description of each program, including eligibility criteria and sample calculations of the benefits. It also offers sources for more detailed information about each of the programs.
- State Property Tax Relief: Find information and forms required for applying for a property tax refund, if you qualify.
- Senior Citizens Property Tax Deferral Program: Find information related to this program for senior citizens.
Property Valuation & Payment Dates
- The Scott County Property and Taxation Office is responsible for assessing property values on behalf of the city. Your property's valuation is included in the annual tax statement mailed each spring (typically in March) by Scott County.
- If you are responsible for paying your own property tax (e.g., you do not escrow with your mortgage company), you will find payment coupons for your property taxes in the annual Scott County tax statement.
- First-half due May 15
- Second-half due Oct. 15
Appeal a valuation - Spring
Property owners who disagree with the valuation of their home or business can appeal to the Scott County Board of Appeal and Equalization at the annual Shakopee Open Book meeting, held in May.
If you have questions about your assessment, contact the Scott County assessor listed on your value notice. For more information, visit the Scott County website.
Locate my tax information
The Scott County website is a great resource for researching property tax information for individual parcels.
- Find your property's identification number: Enter your street number and address in the Search for Property Information box.
- Pay your property tax statement
- Estimate your property tax
You may file for homestead status at the Customer Service Center for Scott County, 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee. New property owners are required to file for homestead classification by Dec. 15.
Call 952-496-8150 or visit Scott County’s website for more information.