Steele County Assessor’s Quintile Reassessment (Summer 2020)
Minnesota Statutes require the assessor to physically inspect properties at least once every five years. This is called the “quintile” reassessment. You will start seeing Steele County appraisers in these areas taking photos and updating property characteristics to improve our records.
All appraisers are required to wear a fluorescent vest with Steele County printed on the back of the vests. Each appraiser will have identification badges prominently displayed and be driving Steele County vehicles. We will inform city administration and law enforcement of the areas they’ll be working in. At this point, we will only be viewing properties from the exterior. If an interior inspection is required, we will contact the property owner to schedule an appointment.
A map of the City of Owatonna detailing the quintile area can be seen here.
Outside of the City of Owatonna, we will be reviewing properties located in Deerfield, Havana and Aurora Townships.
Property Owners can contact the Steele County Assessor at (507) 444-7435 to verify the validity of the appraiser or with any questions or concerns.The mission of the Assessor's Office is to serve the taxpayers of Steele County by uniformly valuing and classifying real property in an accurate, equitable and cost effective manner as prescribed by the statutes of the State of Minnesota.
The assessor maintains records on the physical characteristics of each property in the County. The Assessor’s Office is required by State law to physically review your property at least once every five years and record any changes in property characteristics since their last visit. This review is part of an ongoing revaluation program to ensure the accuracy of our data and to assist us in estimating a fair and equitable value of your property for property tax purposes. This process is known as the quintile review. Reference (Minnesota Statutes, 273.01).
The Appraisal staff carries County Identification and will request permission to view the interior and exterior of your property. If you are not home we will complete an exterior inspection and a notice may be left on your front door notifying you of our visit with any further instructions such as a need for an interior review or verification of information.
Contact us at:
Steele County Administration Center
630 Florence Ave
Owatonna, MN 55060