Understanding Your Property Assessment
In Minnesota, the property tax system is one of the most confusing systems, as there are many different reasons your property taxes are what they are, such as: the valuation of your property, classification of your property, special programs you may qualify for, budget/levies of the local taxing authorities, and general property tax laws. The Assessor's office sets the values, classification, and works with the special programs which are established by the legislature. It is the responsibility of the Assessor's office to provide an accurate, equalized assessment and classification of all properties (approximately 32,000) within Pine County and is overseen by the Minnesota Department of Revenue. The following fact sheets are designed to help understand some of this complex system:
Have more questions?
The Assessor's Office is here to help you with any property valuation issues, concerns or questions you might have. Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM and the main office phone number is 320-591-1632. Below are the names and phone numbers of the office staff and appraisers should you want to contact them directly. We are always willing to help as much as we can.
|Staff Name||Responsibilities||Direct Telephone|
|Lorri Houtsma County Assessor||
Department oversight, sales studies, valuation, classification, and special program determinations.
|Troy Stewart Deputy County Assessor|| Appraises properties in:
All commercial, industrial, and apartment properties within the county.
Jenny Christensen Senior Appraiser
Appraises properties in:
The Townships of Clover (including Pathfinder Village), Dell Grove, and Windemere.
|Karen Stumne Appraiser|| Appraises properties in:
The Townships of Birch Creek, Bruno, Crosby, Danforth, Fleming, Kerrick, Munch, Ogema, Park , Pine Lake, Sturgeon Lake, and the City of Denham.
|Sr. Appraiser|| Appraises properties in:
Askov City, Bruno City, Finlayson City, Henriette City, Hinckley City, Kerrick City, City of Pine City, Rutledge City, Sandstone City, Sturgeon Lake City, and Willow River City.
**Only the properties within city limits. If you are outside city limits, you are in a township and should contact that appraiser.
|Molly Benoit Appraiser|| Appraises properties in:
The Townships of Chengwatana, Kettle River, Nickerson, and Pokegama.
|Kim Kylander Clerk||
Specializes in Homesteads, Property Classification, Special Property Tax Programs, and Tax Calculations.
Properties located in the following townships/cities are appraised by private individuals, not county employees, who are contracted directly with the township/city:
The townships of: Arlone, Arna, Barry, Bremen, Brook Park, Finlayson, Hinckley, Mission Creek, New Dosey, Norman, Partridge, Pine City Township, Royalton, Sandstone Township, Wilma, and the cities of Brook Park and Rock Creek.