County Assessor offers reminder: homestead application deadline is Dec 31

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Public Records & Property Valuation • 100 North Fifth Avenue West, Room 101 • Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 726-2677 •

Mary Garness




November 15, 2022

CONTACT: Mary Garness
Public Records and Property Valuation Director



County Assessor offers reminder: homestead application deadline is December 31

The St. Louis County Assessor's Office has an important reminder for anyone who's moved in the last year: the deadline to apply for homestead classification is December 31, 2022.

A homestead classification may qualify the property for a reduced classification rate, reduced taxable market value, property tax refund, and/or special program eligibility. The property owner must apply for this classification. It does not happen automatically at closing.

To be eligible, a property must be occupied as the primary residence. It can be occupied either by the property owner or a qualifying relative. Full eligibility rules, including a homestead fact sheet from the Minnesota Department of Revenue, can be found online at

"We want to do what we can ahead of time to make sure people are aware of why they should take action now,' said Mary Garness, Director of Public Records and Property Valuation. "Getting the homestead classification will likely reduce the amount they pay in property taxes. But every year, it seems, we get one or two people contacting us after the deadline, and unfortunately, by then it's too late - there's nothing we can do."

To apply for the homestead classification, people can contact any of the following St. Louis
County Assessor's Offices: Duluth, 218-726-2304; Virginia and Cook, 218-749-7147; Hibbing, 218-262-6089; or Ely, 218-365-8208. There's also a toll-free number for people calling long distance from within St. Louis County: 1-800-450-9777.