February 6 is precinct caucus night in Minnesota. By law, local governments may not hold meetings on precinct caucus night after 6 pm. (Minn. Stat. 202A.19). Towns with meetings for that time may post notice of a meeting cancellation and reschedule the meeting as a special meeting if needed.
All local and county boards of appeal and equalization must have at least one trained member by February 1, 2018. If the board does not have a trained member by February 1, 2018, the board will be out of compliance and the powers of the board will be transferred for a minimum of two assessment years.
How long do I have to take the training?
Important: the training will be shut down at 5:00 pm on February 1, 2018. Until then, you have 24/7 access to the training and it can be completed at your own pace. It can take up to 5 business days for your login information to be generated, please be sure to plan your training accordingly.
How do I know if a board member needs to take the training?
There is an attendance roster located on our website that anyone can access to check the training status of board members. There is a list for local boards and a list for county boards. The lists are sorted by county. You can search the document and/or filter the data, which makes finding the information you need much easier. We update the attendance rosters every month, the most recent rosters are posted and were updated today (January 3, 2018).
County assessors will review the roster after February 1, 2018 to verify that there is a trained member for each jurisdiction that holds a local board of appeal and equalization meeting. If a jurisdiction does not have a trained member, the county assessor will schedule an open book meeting for 2018 and 2019.
The commissioner of revenue will review the roster after February 1, 2018 to verify that there is a trained member for each county board of appeal and equalization. If a county board does not have a trained member, the boards powers will be transferred to a special board for 2018 and 2019.
How do I access the training?
Visit our website for detailed instructions on how to register and access the training.
Below are some tips on how to navigate through the board of appeal and equalization online training.
- What should I do if my completion status is showing as “in progress”, but I completed the training?
- Please email the property tax division at email@example.com. We will manually set you as “completed” and you will be able to print your certificate. Do not re-register or take the training again, you just need to contact us and we will fix it.
- What should I do if the screen prompts me to reset my password?
- If your password has expired and the system is asking you to reset it, you should click on the link and follow the prompts to reset your password.
If you are locked out of the system due to entering an incorrect password too many times, then you should email the property tax division at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not re-register when you have a password issue.
- If your password has expired and the system is asking you to reset it, you should click on the link and follow the prompts to reset your password.
- What should I do if the training does not open?
- When do I have to complete the training by?
- All training must be completed by 5:00pm on February 1, 2018. If you start the training prior to February 1, but do not finish it on time, you will not be marked as trained. You must complete the training in its entirety by February 1, 2018.
What if I have questions?
You can contact us at email@example.com or by calling 651-556-6091.
2017 Legislative Updates
There were some board of appeal and equalization related law changes that were enacted during the 2017 sessions of the Minnesota Legislature. The omnibus tax bill was signed into law on May 30, 2017. Below are the changes that will take effect for the 2018 board of appeal season:
- Local and County Boards of Appeal and Equalization do not have to provide proof of a trained member. Boards must still comply with the training requirement by February 1 but no longer have to submit a Trained Member Certification Form to the assessor and/or Commissioner of Revenue.
- Local and County Boards of Appeal and Equalization must have a trained member by February 1 to maintain their board powers and to hold a meeting. If a board does not comply with the February 1 date, the board will lose their board powers for a minimum of two assessment years.
- County Boards of Appeal and Equalization (CBAE) cannot make any valuation or classification changes to a property if the owner has refused the assessor access to the property for an inspection. Note: this is also true for Local Boards of Appeal and Equalization (LBAE), however that is not a new law, this restriction has been in place for LBAEs and now places the same restrictions on CBAEs.
- County Boards of Appeal and Equalization no longer are required to send meeting minutes to the Commissioner of Revenue. The meeting minutes should remain at the county office and should be provided to the department upon request, if a review is needed.
For more information on 2017 law changes you can review the 2017 Property Tax Law Summary which can be found on the MN Department of Revenue website.
You can view the following information at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/standard-mileage-rates-for-2018-up-from-rates-for-2017
IR-2017-204, Dec. 14, 2017
WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2018 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
• 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017.
• 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017.
• 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.
The business mileage rate and the medical and moving expense rates each increased 1 cent per mile from the rates for 2017. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.
The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.
Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.
A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle. In addition, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for more than four vehicles used simultaneously. These and other requirements are described in Rev. Proc. 2010-51.
Notice 2018-03, posted today on IRS.gov, contains the standard mileage rates, the amount a taxpayer must use in calculating reductions to basis for depreciation taken under the business standard mileage rate, and the maximum standard automobile cost that a taxpayer may use in computing the allowance under a fixed and variable rate plan.
Sunrise Township in Chisago County was the overall winner in the Township category for spearheading an effort to bring Broadband to their township residents.
Other winners were:
Oxford Township, Isanti County — Water Monitoring Project
Township Maintenance Association, Renville County —Townships Working Together (Ericson, Hawk Creek, Sacred Heart & Wang Townships)
Mission Township, Crow Wing County — Park Expansion
Clearwater Township, Wright County — 2016 Gravel Road Improvement Project
The awards will be presented on December 7 at the at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Congratulations to all the winners!
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announces grant funding opportunities for park and trail projects across Minnesota. Applications are now being accepted for the following grant programs: outdoor recreation, regional trail, local trail connections and federal recreational trails.
These grants help local governments throughout the state create partnerships with the DNR to fund projects ranging from local parks, regional trails to trail connections. Eligibility requirements, deadlines, and other details can be found on the DNR Web site at mndnr.gov or on the following program links:
Outdoor Recreation Grant Program (Updated for 2018)
Federal Recreational Trail Program (Updated for 2018)
Regional Trail Grant Program (Updated for 2018)
Local Trail Connections Grant Program (Updated for 2018)
Census 2020: Seminars to help counties Insure a complete count.
It may seem hard to believe, but it’s already time to begin planning for the 2020 Census. Census Day is April 1, 2020, and counties and local governments need to begin organizing to insure that everybody in their jurisdictions gets counted.
AMC, along with the League of Minnesota Cities, the MN School Boards Association, MN Association of Townships and service cooperatives across the state have scheduled a series of nine regional seminars that covers what local governments need to do to insure a complete count.
There’s a lot that rides on Census data. Even one missed person could mean as much as $1,530 in lost federal funding each year of the decade in health, transportation, housing and education programs. It’s also used to apportion congressional districts, to draw county board and city council districts, and to help guide governments decisions.
The seminars will cover how to set up local “complete count committees,” a new concept in Minnesota, but one that has been in place for years in many other states. They are volunteer partnerships of local governments and key players – businesses, civic groups, faith communities, schools, cultural associations and interested citizens. Their job is to identify hard-to-count populations, and to develop and execute strategies for getting them counted in the 2020 Census.
The aim of the seminars is to give participants the data tools, best practices and a plan for promoting an accurate count in each area.
- Rochester, January 24, 2018
Southeast Service Cooperative and Wood Lake Meeting Center
210 Wood Lake Drive SE
- Staples, January 31, 2018
National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA)
202 12th Street NE
- Sartell, February 1, 2018
Resource Training & Solutions
137 23rd Street South, Suite 201
- St. Paul, February 8, 2018
Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT)
100 Empire Drive, Suite 100
- Thief River Falls, March 7, 2018
Northwest Service Cooperative (NWSC)
114 W 1st Street
- Fergus Falls, March 8, 2018
Lakes Country Service Cooperative (LCSC)
1001 E. Mount Faith
- Mountain Iron, March 21, 2018
Northeast Service Cooperative
5525 Emerald Avenue
- Marshall, April 11, 2018
Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative (SWWC)
1420 East College Drive
- Mankato, April 12, 2018
University of Minnesota Extension Regional Office
1961 Premier Drive, Sakata Room
Registration Details: Free of charge, but registration is required.
Check-in window begins at 9:30 a.m.
Session time: 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.
2020 Census Flyer: Organizing for a Complete Count
Regional Seminars Flyers Complete Count Committees
Complete Count Committee Flyer
As appropriations are in full gear, CABT (Coalition Against Bigger Trucks) is gathering as many signatures as possible on the letter below.
Please review the attached letter and if you are willing to sign on, email Letter@CABT.org and include the following, per CABT:
- Note your state in the subject line of the email (e.g. PA)
- In the body of the email simply say, “Add my name”
- Finally add a signature block so they have the correct title, contact info etc.
They would like our statewide organizations to sign on, but also town/township members, so please share.
Local Communities Joint Letter Word Document
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that the grant application has been approved for the 2018 Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant grant opportunity.
The grant application was officially posted on the MDA’s Noxious and Invasive Weed Program website on Monday (11/20) at this URL: www.mda.state.mn.us/weedgrant
This page will also contain more information regarding the goals of this grant program, eligibility, requirements and funding specifics.
The Census Bureau recently posted an updated version of the LUCA Promotional Workshop presentation that we are now presenting to the public. This changes in this new version were appropriate now that we are shipping the invitation/registration materials and includes slides discussing the registration materials.
Thank you for your continued support! Please feel free to contact me if you have additional questions.
July 14, 2017
The Census Bureau will begin mailing the formal invitation/registration materials to the state, counties, townships, cities, and tribes in Minnesota beginning on July 14th. The full package will go to the Highest Elected Official of each entity and a CC letter will be sent to a variety of previously identified contacts including BAS contacts, clerks, planners, GIS contacts, etc.
LUCA Flyer 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA)
LUCA Message Help the Census Bureau Accurately Count Your Community
Federally funded transportation projects will be considered by the District 7 Area Transportation Partnership (ATP-7) for inclusion in the 2019-2022 Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP), using Surface Transportation Funds.
ATP-7 will be accepting applications for the following Surface Transportation Program (STP) program areas:
- STP Small Urban (City Streets/Bridges) – Projects are being solicited primarily for the year 2022 for city street and bridge (on the federal aid system) projects. The federal funds can fund up to 80 percent of eligible project costs. Projects on city federal-aid routes may be proposed by the city involved. Applicants must use the“District 7 STP Small Urban Funds” application form, which can be found on the ATP-7 website at the following link: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/atp/applications.html.
- STP Rural (County Roads/Bridges) – Projects are being solicited primarily for the year 2022 for county road and bridge (on the federal aid system) projects. The federal funds can fund up to 80 percent of eligible project costs. Off-system bridges are being solicited through a separate process. Applicants must use the “District 7 STP Rural (County Roads/Bridges)” form, which can be found on the ATP-7 website at the following link: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/atp/applications.html.
- Solicitation for the Transportation Alternatives Program kicked off in October with the release of the TA LOI (Letter of Intent). If you are planning to submit a full TA application, or for more information on the TAP solicitation process, visit the ATP-7 website at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/atp/applications.html.
All solicitations will require use of the newly designed forms found on the ATP-7 website. Old forms will not be accepted.
The deadline for all applications is January 12, 2018.
Questions concerning this application process should be directed to Rebecca Arndt at 507-304-6196 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications (and required supporting documents/maps) can be submitted electronically or mailed directly to:
Rebecca Arndt, Principal Planner
MnDOT District 7
2151 Bassett Drive
Mankato, MN 56001-6888