2004 report shows Otter Tail taxes among lowest--but 2005-06 may tell different story
By Sonja Kosler Staff Writer According to the Otter Tail County web site, the State Auditor recently released a report that showed Otter Tail County ranks 73 out of 87 counties in property taxes per capita and 71 out of 87 counties in total expen...
By Sonja Kosler
According to the Otter Tail County web site, the State Auditor recently released a report that showed Otter Tail County ranks 73 out of 87 counties in property taxes per capita and 71 out of 87 counties in total expenditures per capita.
That means on average, individual Otter Tail County residents are taxed among the lowest in the state and that the county leaders are pretty much living within their property tax budget.
County Auditor Wayne Stein confirms the rankings are based on audited figures from the year 2004. He cant say if those low rankings have continued into 2006.
While Otter Tail County levies have been higher over the past two years, he doesnt know what the other 86 counties are doing.
The demand for lake cabins and retirement homes on the water have fueled a marked increase in property values and assessments for owners of lakeshore property. As old fishing cabins are torn down and replaced with year-round homes maximizing lot coverage, the increased value affects not only that property but others on the same lake.
The first installment of 2006 tax bills will be due next month. The estimates for 2007 were recently mailed to property owners. Each estimate includes information for appeal to the local and county boards of equalization. It is important to note that in order to appeal at the county level it is first necessary to meet with the local board and also to make an appointment.