COUNTY ASSESSOR (SAMA): Chad Benda
Address: 2500 28th Street, Slayton, MN 56172-0057
OFFICE HOURS: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
DEPUTY ASSESSOR (AMA): Amber Hansen
DEPUTY ASSESSOR (AMA): Chris Baumberger
DEPUTY ASSESSOR (AMA): Selena Lopez-Cardenas
The Murray County Assessors office is responsible for identifying and valuing all taxable properties, both real and personal for ad valorem tax purposes. The Assessors Office is also responsible for classifying properties based on its current use such as residential, seasonal recreational, agricultural, commercial or industrial etc. The Assessors Office must also determine the homestead status of the property if it is eligible for homestead classification. The Assessors Office must notify taxpayers annually of the classification and estimated market value of their property. It is also the responsibility of the Assessors Office to make sure that each assessment is completed in a uniform and equalized manner ensuring that the taxpayers are receiving fair and equitable treatment.
PROPERTY VALUATION REQUESTS
If you have any questions about these forms, please contact our office for assistance!
Real Estate Tax Inquiry
What date is used in valuing my property?
The assessment date for valuing property is January 2nd of each year. In situations when there is new construction or improvements that are not 100% completed, the property is valued using the percentage of completion on the new construction or improvements that were completed on January 2nd of that year.
How does the County Assessor determine the value of my property?
The County Assessor appraises property based on 100% of market value. Market value is supposed to be what the property would sell for if it were placed on the open market. To assist the assessor in determining this value, a sales study is used. The assessor then studies these sales and breaks down the sales into categories such as Agricultural Sales, Residential Sales and Seasonal Recreational Sales, Residential Acreages Sales, and Commercial/Industrial Sales. The sales are also analyzed by specific taxing districts, such as Individual Cities and Individual Townships, Based on the results of this analysis, the assessor determines whether or not property values need to be adjusted to meet the standards that are set by Minnesota Statues and the Minnesota Department of Revenue. The standards require that the assessors estimated market value must fall between 90% and 105% of market value.
How am I notified of the value assessed to my property?
Each year, once the assessment is complete; the County Assessor mails each property owner a Notice of Valuation and Classification. This notice is to notify the taxpayer of the market value and the classification of your property for the new assessment year. This notice will list:
- Estimated market value for the current year and prior year.
- Value of new improvements.
- Limited Market value for the current year and prior year.
- Taxable Market value for the current year and prior year.
- Property classification for the current year and prior year.
- Information for appealing the value or classification of your property.
- Date and location of Local and County Board of Appeal and Equalization.
It is important that the property owner review this notice because property taxes you will pay in the following year will be based on this valuation and classification. If the property information is not correct, or if you disagree with the value or have other questions about the notice, please feel free to contact our office at (507) 836-1104 or attend the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting listed on your notice.