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The Chisago County Auditor-Treasurer's Office does not accept payments on a monthly basis, however, we will accept partial payments on current year taxes only. A person making partial payments should be aware that the due dates still apply and any portion of the tax not paid by the due date is subject to penalty. See the penalty schedule here.
Yes, you may pay over the phone via IVR - (Integrated Voice Response).
Call the number below:
When sending in your tax payment by mail, it needs to be postmarked on or before the due date. We suggest that you hand deliver to the postmaster if it is being mailed on the due date. If you are paying your taxes in person, you need to pay on or before the due date to avoid paying a penalty.
When a taxpayer is paying on several parcels, it is not necessary to write more than one check. However, it is helpful if you reference the parcel numbers on your check or submit all tax stubs with your payment.
If you pay your taxes late there will be a penalty assessed. To figure your penalty due, here is the penalty schedule.
Here is the schedule for when property taxes are due.
No reminders will be sent out!! Tax statements are sent out once a year with payment stubs showing the due dates on them.
Property tax statements are mailed out once a year. If you purchase your property after the tax statements have already been mailed out, you will NOT receive a tax statement from us. Instead, you will receive a "courtesy letter" stating the taxes due for the year.
You will receive this letter regardless if your mortgage company is escrowing for your taxes and intend to pay them. If you would like to obtain a copy of the tax statement see the Property Tax Information website. You will need to provide your parcel identification number or your address.
Here is a copy of your tax statement. You will need to have available your parcel identification number or property address. Remember to change the year you are requesting in the drop down box. If you do not see the year you are requesting, please call our main number at 651-213-8500 to obtain a duplicate copy.
When the total tax due for the year is $50 or less, payment must be made in full my May 15th.
Good question and one that is most often asked! We will always send out a copy of the tax statement to the property owner for your records. A separate listing is sent to each mortgage company providing the necessary information they will need to make your payment.
You will receive your real estate tax statement once a year by the end of March. Mobile home tax statements are mailed out in July.
Yes, you may add up the amount due on all of your parcels and write one check for the total (make sure to include all payment stubs with your payment).
You can file a claim in conciliation court for an amount up to the limit set by law.
Conciliation Court will not accept a claim that exceeds the limit set by law. You can reduce the amount of your claim so it can be heard in Conciliation Court. If you do reduce your claim to the limit of Conciliation Court, you will not be allowed to ask for more money later. You may not file any other claims related to the same incident.
Note: This rule may apply to any other claims related to the same incident.Obtaining a judgment in Conciliation Court may prevent you from bringing any other claims based on the same transaction or occurrence.
In deciding whether to file your claim, be aware that obtaining a judgment in conciliation court does not guarantee payment. You should consider whether the person the claim is against (the defendant) will be able to pay you. Although you may win your case, Conciliation Court is not a collection agency. As you attempt to collect the judgment, you will have out of pocket expenses for filing fees, transcription costs and other costs of collecting a judgment. Separate information about the collection process is available.
For additional information, visit the Minnesota's state court website.
The County Board Chair for 2018 is George McMahon, District 3.
The County Board Vice Chair for 2018 is Rick Greene, District 2.
Conciliation Court can settle claims that are below the limit set by law. For additional information, visit Minnesota's state court website.
We currently do not connect with surrounding systems.
Review and complete the appropriate form: Chisago-Isanti County Heartland Express Title VI Complaint Procedure & Form OR Chisago-Isanti County Heartland Express ADA and Non-Discrimination Complaint Form.
A Watershed is an area of land that rain and snowmelt flows over on its way to entering a lake, river or wetland. A watershed is like a funnel – collecting water within the drainage area and channeling it into a stream, river or lake. Even if your home is not next to a lake, river or wetland, you still live in a watershed and the rain and snowmelt from your property flows to area lakes and rivers.
The Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed contains the communities of Center City, Lindstrom, and large portions of Chisago City and Chisago Lakes Township. Approximately 14,100 people live in the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
The Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed contains many of the premier recreational lakes in the northeast metro area. There are 19 lakes in the Watershed including North & South Center, North & South Lindstrom, Chisago and Green Lakes. Combined there are over 7,000 acres of lakes within the Watershed and many miles of streams.
Runoff water drains through many streams into the lakes. The water eventually flows from the Watershed into the Sunrise River via Bloomquist Creek. Water then flows north to the St. Croix River. What we do in the Chisago Lakes Watershed has an effect on the Sunrise River and the St. Croix.
The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District was first established in 1976 by resolution of the Chisago County Board of Commissioners. The District was reactivated by resolution of the County Board in 1984 and is a taxing district. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District was established because of high water in area lakes. Shoreland homes were being flooded. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District installed a system of channels and weirs designed to drain excess water during times of high water. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District boundary was established as the best approximation of the watershed area at that time.
Over time, many lakes and streams within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed have become degraded. Degradation of our waters is harmful to fish habitat and negatively impacts recreational value by making swimming, boating and living near the lakes less desirable.
As a result, in 2009 the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District expanded its mission to protect and restore the surface water resources of the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed. Minnesota Statutes 103B.521 states the boundary of a lake improvement district shall be encouraged to be as consistent as practical with natural hydrologic boundaries.
The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board of Directors is composed of 5 members representing specific areas and 2 at large Directors. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board provides policy recommendations to the Chisago County Board of Commissioners. The Board of Directors represent areas covering the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes watershed. Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board of Directors area representation
The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District actively promotes programs to:• Encourage environmentally sound land use practices for urban and agricultural areas to protect water quality within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.• Maintain the ditch and weir system in order to control water levels during high water events.• Preserve, protect and enhance water quality within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.• Promote environmental education, awareness and stewardship within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.• Promote the reduction of non-native aquatic invasive species.• Protect, encourage and restore native shoreline to improve fish and wildlife habitat.• Restore, improve and maintain navigation channels between the lakes.• Support safe and balanced recreational use of surface water.
The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District is an effective organization put in place to protect and restore area lakes and streams. It is funded through an annual budgeting process.
The 1984 map and 2009 map are similar but not the same. Overlap of 1984 and 2009 maps The majority of parcels identified in both maps are the same. There are a number of parcels in the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed that are not included in the original 1984 Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District boundary map. Some parcels in the 1984 Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District map are outside the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
In 2009 the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board of Directors adopted the official Minnesota Department of Natural Resources map of the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed. The Board made the decision to work on projects throughout the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed and not limit projects to the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District taxation area identified in 1984. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Water Resource Management Plan, mission, goals, objectives and by-laws are based on the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
In December 2014, the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board of Directors passed a motion to recommend that the Chisago County Board of Commissioners begin the process of adjusting the original 1984 Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District taxation boundary to match the official 2009 Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed developed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
In March 2015, the Chisago County Board of Commissioners passed a motion to prepare a Resolution of Intent initiating the process to evaluate and potentially adjust the taxation boundary to be consistent with the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary.
On May 20, 2015 the Chisago County Board of Commissioners approved a Resolution of Intent to re-establish the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District consistent with the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary.
Thanks to financing provided by area residents and multiple state and federal grants, the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District participates in many projects to protect and restore lakes and streams. A prerequisite of most state and federal water quality improvement grants is that a local unit of government provide a portion of the funding. By supplying these funds, the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District has been instrumental in helping the entire Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed receive well over a million dollars ($1,000,000) in state and federal grants.
The following fact sheets highlight Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District activities that benefit lakeshore, non-lakeshore, city, and rural residents.
295th Street Neighborhood Retrofit – LindstromAquatic Invasive Species TreatmentChisago County Children’s Water FestivalChisago County Water Quality and Aquatic Invasive Species MonitoringChisago Lakes Watershed Best Management Practices ImplementationCarp ManagementDitch and Weir MaintenanceFish Kill DisposalFurgala/Labernik Rain Garden – Center CityGroundwater Observation WellsHook, Line and Sinker Recycling Program and SummaryLake Avenue Dead End Street Project – Chisago CityLake Level Monitoring ProgramLake Level GraphsSummary for Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed lake level monitoring activitiesLake Water Quality MonitoringLoren’s Park – Center CityMinimal Impact Design StandardsNorth Center North Lindstrom ChannelPleasant Hill Park – LindstromPublic Outreach and AwarenessPumphouse Park/Elm Street Project – LindstromRural Subwatershed AssessmentSeptic System ComplianceSlow No-Wake OrdinanceSouth Center Lake Boat Launch – LindstromSurfland Neighborhood Rain Gardens – Chisago CitySwamp Lake Outlet EasementsUrban and Shoreline Best Management PracticesWater Trail SystemWatercraft Inspection ProgramWatercraft Inspection Report
Chisago Lakes Achievement CenterChisago Lakes ArcheryChisago Lakes Area ISD #2144Chisago Lakes Area Community FoundationChisago Lakes Area LibraryChisago Lakes Area Rugby ClubChisago Lakes ArenaChisago Lakes Baptist SchoolChisago Lakes Chamber of CommerceChisago Lakes Community EducationChisago Lake Evangelical Lutheran ChurchChisago Lakes Golf CourseChisago Lakes High SchoolChisago Lakes Hockey AssociationChisago Lakes Hoops ClubChisago Lakes Lake Improvement DistrictChisago Lakes Lions ClubChisago Lakes Mutual Insurance CompanyChisago Lakes Primary SchoolChisago Lakes Protection and Restoration PlanOthers…
The Chisago Lakes Watershed provides outstanding recreational opportunities. The lakes are a tremendous asset to the community and the reason many people live here and identify with the area. The lakes boost the local economy by boosting tourism. The lakes provide a sense of place and community.
Over time, many lakes and streams within the Watershed have become degraded. Degradation of our waters is harmful to fish habitat and negatively impacts recreational value by making swimming, boating and living near the lakes less desirable.
North & South Center, Linn, Little, Ogren, Pioneer, School, and Wallmark Lakes are impaired, meaning these lakes do not meet water quality standards established by the State of Minnesota for lakes in this area. Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed impaired waters map
The Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District, with partial funding provided by the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District, is installing projects throughout the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed that improve the quality of water entering area lakes and streams.
Currently, approximately 5,650 parcels are assessed an average of $41 per parcel per year. If the tax boundary were adjusted to be consistent with the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary approximately 1,400 parcels would be added. In addition, approximately 60 parcels outside the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed would be removed. This would result in a total of approximately 7,050 parcels in the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
If the total tax levy remains at $232,000 then the average annual assessment would be $33 per parcel. 5,650 parcels would receive an annual tax decrease of $8 and 1,400 parcels would receive an annual tax increase of $33.
If a parcel is entirely within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary it will be included in the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District.
If more than 50% of the land area of a parcel is within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary it is proposed to be included in the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District.
If 50% or less of the land area of a parcel is within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary it is not proposed to be included in the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District.
If a parcel is entirely outside the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary it will not be included in the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District.
At its simplest level, geocaching requires these 8 steps:1. Register for a free Basic Membership at Geocaching.com.2. Visit the "Hide & Seek a Cache" page.3. Enter your postal code and click "search".4. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.5. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.6. Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.7. Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.8. Share your geocaching stories and photos online.
- Daily Permit per Vehicle: $3- Season Permit per Vehicle: $20- Bus Permit: $15
To reserve a park shelter, please use our Online Shelter Reservation Process.
Weekday, excluding holidays:$35 per shelter.
A posting will be displayed on the shelter that you reserved. You will need to bring your copy of the posting to replace it should someone inadvertently remove it before you arrive.
Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail - Trail Heads are located as follows:* Shafer - 30269 Tern Ave* Shafer - 30320 Redwing Ave
Maps of the completed trail segments are found on the Sunrise Prairie Regional Trail Page and the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail Page.
Reservations are not necessary. However registration is necessary if large events are planned on the trails. Please contact the County Parks Office at 651-674-2345 to discuss.
A large event is one that will add significant traffic to the trails and might hinder its use by others during this time. You must register all events with greater than 30 participants by contacting County Parks Office at 651-674-2345.
If you are an adult sentenced for a felony offense, please contact the Department of Corrections at 651-539-1234.
If you are an adult subject to pre-trial/pre-sentence conditional release for any level of offense, please call 651-213-8350
If you are a juvenile placed on supervision for any level of offense, please call 651-213-8350.
Note: A 2.5% ($2.00 minimum) fee will be assessed for online payments. Also, you must enter your case number EXACTLY as it appears on your documents.
You have the option of using the online link below for credit card, debit card or electronic check payments or you can also make a payment in person at our office with a credit card or debit card.
Online Payment of Court Services/Probation Fees
A public ditch is a drainage system managed by County Drainage Authority or Joint County Drainage Authority. The county does not own the ditch. The landowners who benefit from the ditch own the drainage system. A public ditch can be an open ditch system, an underground tile system or a combination of open ditch and underground tile.
Road ditches are not public ditches. Road ditches are the responsibility of the road authority.
No, a public ditch is an easement for drainage only. The lawn remains private property. Like all private property, you need to get the landowner's permission before entering the property.
The first step to solve the problem is to notify the Public Ditch Inspector. After the Public Ditch Inspector has reviewed the problem, his/her findings will be provided to the County Engineer/Public Works Department for project consideration and response. Please contact Jeff Fertig, Wetland Specialist/Public Ditch Inspector by calling 651-213-8378 or via email to report a problem with a public ditch and seek a referral to Public Works for project consideration.
The first step is to notify the County Engineer/Public Works Department by calling 651-213-8708 or via email. Department staff will assist you to ensure proper policies and the state's drainage laws are followed.
Property owners who are benefited by the ditch are the ones who pay for ditch improvements and repairs. For public ditches, the county pays the contractor and assesses all costs back to the benefited property owners through a special assessment. Benefiting property owners are not simply those who own property adjacent to the public ditch. In many cases the benefiting property owners include numerous land owners within the watershed area of the entire ditch. To view Public Ditch Watershed area maps, please consult the 2016 Inventory Chisago County Public Ditch System Report.
Under the new state buffer law (effective November 1, 2017) all public ditches are required to have a "one rod" / 16.5' buffer from the top of the bank. State Buffer Law Webpage.
Repairs are not intended to significantly increase hydraulic efficiency or capacity of the ditch. The term "repair", means to restore all or a part of a drainage system as nearly as practicable to the same condition as originally constructed and subsequently improved.
Open ditch repairs include minor work such as spraying for weeds and brush, removal of isolated silt deposits, bridge or culvert cleaning, removal of vegetation, debris or other obstructions, fixing isolated side slope damage due to sloughing, fixing damage to culverts and fixing or installing erosion control structures.
Repairs may also involve more extensive cleaning of the ditch bottom of silt deposits to bring the grade line and bottom width to originally constructed or subsequently improved conditions.
Repairs on tile lines include repair or replacement of underground tile as well as the tile intakes and outlets.
An improvement project involves the enlarging, extending, straightening, or deepening of an established, previously constructed system. Generally an improvement project provides for the upgrading and enhancement of the existing system's hydraulic capacity and drainage ability. Improvements must go through a hearing process that includes a determination of benefits.
Other documents may require:
Please note: When drafting a legal document, it is advisable to seek legal advice from an attorney to ensure your document has the intended effect. County staff does not give out legal advice.
Bring your original credentials to the recorders' office along with valid identification. You will also be asked to read and sign a "Certificate of Filing" form and receive a copy for your records. The fee is $20. If you wish to do this by mail, please see our Ministerial Credential page for required form and instructions.
Brandon Thyen is the Chisago County Sheriff. He can be reached via email or by calling 651-213-6301.
Justin Wood is the Chisago County Chief Deputy and can be reached via email or by calling 651-213-6302.
Yes, as of April 27, 2017 Chisago County began accepting payments by credit card, debit card or electronic check for the following fees: - Civil Process Fees/Services - Records Requests Fees. Note: A 2.5% ($2.00 minimum) fee will be assessed for online payments. You have the option of using the online link below for credit card, debit card or electronic check payments. Online Payment of Sheriff's Items
You need to determine if the inmate is classified as a minimum/medium security or maximum security, since the hours are different.
Visiting hours for minimum and medium security inmates are daily as follows:
Visiting hours for maximum security inmates are daily as follows:
You need to call 651-213-1031.
Community Shared Solar or Community Solar Gardens (which are the same thing) specifically refer to projects "whereby subscribers (at least 5) receive a bill credit for the electricity generated in proposition to the size of their subscription."
However, solar has been seen as a catalyst for folks to use less energy, because they start to focus on ways they can save energy to make their solar go further. Hopefully participation in community-solar will also serve that function.
If, however, you move to a different utility territory, to a non-adjacent county, or to a different state, you could no longer participate in the same solar garden. Your options would be to (a) sell your subscription back at fair market value, (b) donate it to a non-profit, or (c) transfer it to another family member.
Your solar garden operator keeps track of subscriptions and will handle the customer care role of processing any necessary changes.
Agralite Electric Cooperative, Arrowhead Electric Cooperative, Inc., Beltrami Cooperative, Connexus Energy, Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Services,Kandiyohi Power Coop, Lake Region Electric Cooperative, McLeod Cooperative Power, Minnesota Power (proposed), Moorhead Public Service, People's Energy Cooperative, Redwood Electric Cooperative, Runestone Electric Association, South Central Electric Cooperative, Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric, Stearns Electric Association, Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association, and Xcel Energy have existing programs. Potential participants in other territories will need to work with their local utilities to move a project forward.
Once a project is available, participants can sign on if they are a member/customer of a utility and located in the same county where a project is located, or the adjacent county. In plain English, that means you can subscribe to a project in Xcel Energy territory located in Hennepin County as long as you are an Xcel Energy Customer and live in either Hennepin County or any of its surrounding counties (i.e., Ramsey, Dakota, Scott, Carver, Wright, Sherburne, or Anoka).
Again, if there isn't a project close to you, then you can serve as the catalyst to kick start one.
We never recommend one entity over another, but we pose questions a group or individual ought to ask of a potential developer:
- Do they have staying power to be around for the next 25 years? What is their background, and do they have the right experience?- Who will be the entity to conduct the maintenance on the system? Has the contractor or developer set aside enough money to do on-going work?- Have they secured the insurance for the project and covered all of their legal bass to move a project forward?- Is this developer willing to listen to your interests and motivations and use those to tailor the project?
Others could also play host, like a closed landfill, or a brownfield. Ideally you do not want to take up "green space" or prime agricultural land that could have a higher value used elsewhere.
Another consideration to keep in mind: a 1 MW project can require an area with either 3-8 acres of land or 100,000 sq feet of roof space (ideally a new roof).
You also need to make sure you're in it for the long haul. If you want to lease your roof space to a project, you'll need to do that for 25 years at minimum, and be an entity that will be around for 25 years to stick to the agreement.
If you have questions about the tax implications of participating in a project, you should seek professional tax advise.
Community solar gardens are a simple way to go solar. You purchase an up-front subscription, then soak in the rays (much of Minnesota is as sunny as places like Houston, TX and Tallahassee, FL).
- Subscribers: individual entities who get solar power- Developer: primary group organizing the solar garden- Host Site: location where solar garden is installed- Finance: sources of financing for the project- Utility: electricity provider where solar garden is installed- Site Assessor: expert that studies solar garden location- Installer: expert that installs the solar garden- Outreach Partners: groups that find subscribers
313 North Main Street Room 230Center City, MN 55012