Guidelines emphasized for housing tax rebate program

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Amy Baldwin, community development director for Otter Tail County. (Submitted photo)

FERGUS FALLS -- The county board of commissioners, on April 7, approved a modification to the property tax rebate program for newly constructed single-family and two-family homes.

The modification will be in effect through Dec. 31, and allows for construction to begin prior to the formal approval by the county board of commissioners.

“People interested in applying for property tax rebates are encouraged to review specific guidelines for eligibility,” said Amy Baldwin, community development director for Otter Tail County.

Applications must still be submitted prior to the start of construction for administrative review.

“This will ensure there are no conditions within the program guidelines that may exclude individuals from eligibility,” Baldwin added.


The tax abatement per property, if approved, will be in the amount of $5,000 for a term of up to five years.

Applications can be obtained by logging onto the Otter Tail County website and doing a search for “The Big Build.” This is where a county resident can obtain a housing tax rebate application.

People also can obtain applications by calling the Community Development Agency office at 218-998-8050.

One of the goals is to increase the county tax base through a rebate of property taxes on newly constructed homes.

The five-member county board of commissioners, on the recommendation of the Community Development Agency, has the responsibility for final approval of all property tax abatements related to newly constructed homes.

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