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County property tax rebate program tied to housing projects

Otter Tail County Commissioners
County Commissioners Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids, left, and John Lindquist of Dalton heard a presentation on Otter Tail County’s property tax rebate program during a county board meeting held Sept. 17 in Pelican Rapids. (Tom Hintgen / Otter Tail County Correspondent)

PELICAN RAPIDS -- County commissioners, meeting Sept. 17 in Pelican Rapids, gave their support to a property tax rebate program designed to encourage the construction of new primary residence single and two-family housing units throughout Otter Tail County.

The program was recommended by the Otter Tail County Community Development Agency and coordinated with input from the County Finance Committee.

“The program, in addition to the construction of new primary residence single and two-family housing units, will also encourage replacement of dilapidated housing structures within Otter Tail County,” pointed out County Development Director Amy Baldwin to county commissioners.

The program will run between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2022. The application process will be run by Otter Tail County and there will be public hearings.

Any person who constructs a new single family or two-family home and who files application materials and seeks formal approval from appropriate local jurisdictions will be eligible to receive a 100 percent tax rebate of the county’s share of increased real estate taxes.

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Program approvals must be obtained prior to the start of construction of the new home.

“Rebates will run for a period of up to five years or up to $5,000, whichever is met first,” Baldwin noted. “The rebates will only apply to county property taxes and not property taxes that apply to townships or cities and school districts.”

She said that similar tax rebate programs for new single and two-family homes are being run successfully in Nobles County (Worthington area) and in Mower County (Austin area).

“Housing needs must be met in order to attract workers for jobs that are open throughout Otter Tail County,” said county board Chairman Doug Huebsch of Perham.

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