(This list includes only the major programs. Please contact the Aitkin County Assessor's Office for questions and information on other programs.)
Blind/Disabled Homestead: Provides a greatly reduced classification tax rate for a portion of the market value of a qualifying homestead. It can be an owner occupied or relative homestead. Property cannot be enrolled in the Disabled Veterans Market Value Exclusion program.
Green Acres: May lower the Taxable Market Value of the productive agricultural portion of an agriculturally classified property. Contact the County Assessor's office for more information.
Regular Homestead: Provides a value reduction and reduced classification tax rate for property owners who apply and qualify. The property must be the owner's principal and primary residence.
Relative Homestead: Provides a value reduction and reduced classification tax rate for property owners who apply and qualify. The property must be the qualifying relative's principal and primary residence.
Special Agricultural Homestead: Provides homestead treatment to certain agricultural property that is actively farmed by a qualifying person or entity. Contact the County Assessor's Office for more information.
Managed Forest Classification: Those who apply and qualify receive a special classification tax rate. Owners must have a forest management plan that is registered with the DNR. They also cannot be enrolled in the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act.
Rural Preserve: May lower the Taxable Market Value of non-productive agricultural land on an agricultural homestead property that is enrolled in Green Acres.
Sustainable Forest Incentive Act: This program is for forest landowners that have a forest management plan and record a covenant saying they will abide by the plan and not develop the property for at least 8 years. The application is sent to the State of Minnesota and owners receive a payment of at least $7 per acre each year that the land is enrolled. Owners will not qualify for the Managed Forest Classification if they are in this program.
Disabled Veterans Value Exclusion: This program greatly lowers the market value of homestead property that certain disabled veterans own. If the veteran is totally and permanently disabled, the veteran owner should qualify for up to a $300,000 reduction. If the owner is 70% or more disabled, they may receive up to a $150,000 reduction in market value. The veteran must apply with the County Assessor's Office and provide required documentation from the Department of Veterans Affairs or the US Military.