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Today’s Centennial Library is limited because of space – our hands-on learning programs cannot accommodate all of the people interested in participating, collection space has been maximized, computer and Wi-Fi usage continues to increase, but floor space for users is limited, staff space is inefficient, and the building lacks adequate storage.
The expanded and modernized Centennial Library will put learning on display, will be the hub of a campus that supports history, nature, play, and commerce. A learning space for community, a space where creativity and opportunity thrive. A knowledge park. The plans double the size of the library to accommodate more community meeting and study spaces, increases comfortable seating for readers, offers a larger and interactive children’s area – all requests from the community.
Centennial Library construction will begin August 25, 2018 and will reopen Summer 2019.
No, but you’ll be able to return books at Northtown or any other Anoka County Library.
You can find our Hours and Locations on our website.
Yes, this is an expansion project. Centennial Library will remain at 100 Civic Heights Circle, Circle Pines.
Yes, the Centennial Library will be closed during parts of the project. More specific information on closure dates will be announced in the future.
You sign up for all ongoing library programming online at anokacountylibrary.org.
You may book a meeting room at another Anoka County Library location while Centennial Library is closed.
You can pick up your reserved books at Northtown or any other Anoka County Library.
All construction updates and available images will be posted online at http://www.anokacounty.us/3244/Centennial-Library-Expansion.
The selection of Leo A. Daly was unanimously approved by the Anoka County Library's Board of Trustees as the architectural firm for this project.
The Centennial Library building opened in November of 1985. In 1996 the library had extensive roof and exterior wall work carried out to repair moisture accumulation problems that were causing damage to the brick walls, but it has never undergone a planned remodel before.
Yes. For Anoka County to license you as a foster care provider, you must live in Anoka County. If you do not, you can check with the county that you live in.
No. Apartments, condominiums, or mobile homes may be options.
You must be 21 years or older to be a licensed child foster care provider.
All medical and dental expenses are provided for the child through the county or private insurance.
Yes. Children of the same sex may share a bedroom when appropriate. Each child should have his/her own bed.
Foster care varies in length depending on the child and his/her family's circumstances. A child can stay a few days or several months to a year or longer.
There are circumstances in which a foster child could be free for adoption. However, many other factors are considered first.
Providing care for children is expensive. The county provides financial support for foster families. The amount varies depending on the age and needs of the child. All medical and dental expenses are provided for the child through the county or private insurance. Foster care payments should at least cover expenses. Helping a person in need is a challenge - one that could change your life as well as the life of a child in your care.
Apartments, town homes, single-family homes - all are appropriate locations for foster care or adopted children. Most foster children share a bedroom with a same gender child close in age. They need to have their own beds; some need their own rooms. Most kids come with few possessions, but will need a dresser drawer and a bit of closet space. If they come to you without adequate clothing for the season, the children's social worker will assist in obtaining a clothing allowance.
Most of the children needing foster or adoptive families are in the social services system due to past abuse or neglect. They may have been traumatized, most are doing pretty well emotionally, others are really hurting, and may show that in their behavior.
Kids, like adults, can be depressed, anxious, fearful, and angry. Some have medical or developmental problems. Many have delayed social skills or special school needs. You'll work closely with social services, the school, therapists and other professionals, and, in many cases, with the child's extended family.
Call your county's social services department. If you live in Anoka County, call 763-324-1230 for more information on child foster care.
MHFA also has a “Step-Up” program which provides the same mortgage opportunities as the “Start-Up” program but funds are used to refinance the home you currently own or allows you to purchase a home even if you owned one less than 3 years ago. You do have to use a lender who is MHFA approved. Minnesota Housing Agency
-“Emergency and/or Accessibility” rehab program for income- qualified homeowners AND -“Rehab Loan” program for very low income homebuyers
Anoka County funds its own housing rehab program for low/fixed income homeowners. This program is available to all county residents except in the City of Coon Rapids which Coon Rapids runs its own housing rehab program. As with the state’s program, completed rehab work will result in a deferred, no interest loan/lien being placed against the homeowner’s property.
-Stepping Stone Emergency Housing for female and male adults (18 and older) - 763-323-7006-Alexandra House, Inc. (battered women’s shelter) - 763-780-2330-Family Promise of Anoka County (shelter for up to 4 families with kids) - 763-568-7365
-The Metro Area Hotline provides shelter info for the Twin Cities metro area: 1-888-234-1329
A variety of Library resources are available online. Please see our eLibrary and Resources & Databases pages for more information.
We are accepting returns in our library book drops while we are closed.
◦Patrons may continue to place items on hold (up to 30 items at a time), but physical items will not be available for pick up until the buildings are open to the public again
All checkedout items have had their due dates extended. No items will accrue overdue fines while the libraries are closed.
All Library cards that had expired this year or were set to expire this year have had their card expiration dates extended an additional year. Patrons will not have their library cards expired while our libraries are closed.
The Library On-the-Go Andover and Ramsey locations will be closed as well. We will not be accepting returns at the bookdrops at those locations. If you want to return your checked out items, please return them to one of our libraries.
Update 02/01/2021: The Andover On-the-Go location is now open, but the Ramsey On-the-Go location remains closed.
If one of your holds was available on the hold shelf at one of our libraries, that hold will still be available for you to pick up when we reopen. Your hold will not expire while we are closed.
We are not accepting new reservations at this time for our meeting and study rooms.
Call 763-324-4800 for the name of a probation officer and how to contact them. (As of August 24, 2017 our phone numbers have changed.)
PSC meeting schedules are specific to individual offenders. To find out more, call 763-324-4900.
Anoka County Corrections will assess supervision and UA fees as authorized by M.S. 244.18/609.102. This statute authorizes the Chief Executive Officer of a local corrections agency to administratively impose and collect corrections fees. All offenders who receive corrections services will be assessed a fee based on the level of offense. This includes all probation transfers and supervised release cases.
In situations where clients can demonstrate a financial hardship and no ability to pay fees, the probation office can consider community service in place of the fee payment or a waiver of the fee. These requests must be made by writing a letter to the Claimant Commissioner, Anoka County Corrections, 325 East Main Street, C100, Anoka, MN 55303.
Supervision, UA and program fees are paid to the Anoka County Corrections Department. Contact your probation officer or call 763-324-4800 for more details.
Payments can be sent to:
Anoka County Community Corrections
Anoka County Courthouse
2100 3rd Avenue, Suite C100
Anoka, MN 55303.
Please include a client ID and/or case number.
If you have medical insurance, check with your insurance provider to see if they cover a chemical health assessment. If they do not, or you do not have health insurance, and cannot afford health care services, you may be eligible for Rule 25 funding. Download a Chemical Health Assessment (Rule 25) application form. You may also contact your probation officer, or call 763-324-1270 for further assistance.
You can find if someone is in the Jail or Workhouse on the web at http://www.anokacounty.us/727/Inmate-Locator. Or you can call the Sheriff's Office at 763-324-5100.
If you have not had an initial meeting with your child’s probation officer, you may call 763-324-4810. The receptionist will help you locate your child’s probation officer.
If your child is on probation and has a probation officer, call that person and let them know that you and your child are not able to make the appointment. Remember to leave both your full name and the child’s full name and telephone number. Please also leave a time and date your child will be available. If your child is not on probation, please call 763-324-4810 and let the receptionist know that you are unable to make your appointment. Please reschedule a new time with the receptionist.
Restitution payments are made to Anoka County Court Administration and can be sent to: Anoka County Courthouse, Court Administration, 2100 3rd Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303
Court Administration will then issue checks to the victim. You can contact Court Administration at 763-760-6540 or your child’s probation officer for any further questions regarding restitution.
The Court orders restitution to be paid by a specific date and may note on the Court order to reduce to judgment if not paid by due date. In the event restitution is not paid by the due date, the Corrections Department will notify the Court and request a judgment be entered for the remaining balance of the ordered restitution.
Information on sealing Court records can be found by visiting Minnesota Judicial Branch website at https://mncourts.gov/Help-Topics/Criminal-Expungement.aspx.
Yes, as long as there is money in your canteen account and you are NOT serving your time on the weekend program. Canteen is dispensed weekly on Monday and Thursdays, excluding holidays. There are also vending machines available in each day unit. Inmates may purchase items out of the vending machines with an issued canteen commissary card as long as you have money in your canteen account.
The Workhouse accepts money orders at the facility or funds may be deposited in the inmate commissary account by debit or credit card online at www.inmatecanteen.com. We DO NOT accept cash, check, or credit cards at the facility. Money orders should be made payable to Anoka County Corrections and must be signed by the purchaser and include the inmate’s name on the money order. In order to place a canteen order, you must have a positive balance in your account. If there is a negative balance or lack of appropriate funds in your account, your canteen order will not be filled.
Yes, there are inmate telephones located on each housing floor. All calls are to be made using these inmate telephones. All telephones calls are subject to monitoring and recording. Turnkey is the inmate phone system vendor. Funds may be deposited in the inmate commissary account by money order at the facility or by debit or credit card online at www.inmatecanteen.com.
Another legal remedy that does not result in the vulnerable adult being placed under guardianship or conservatorship is an action for injunctive relief, where the petitioner requests a court order requiring a party to do or refrain from doing a particular action that is harmful to the vulnerable adult. These legal actions may be brought by attorneys in the County Attorney’s Office’s Protective Services Unit, as part if their responsibility under the Vulnerable Adults Act.
If a finding is made of maltreatment of a vulnerable adult, the perpetrator of the maltreatment will be disqualified from employment working with vulnerable adults or children. The perpetrator could be liable for civil damages in a private lawsuit.
In a criminal proceeding, action can be taken by the State against a person charged with financial exploitation, criminal neglect, or abuse of a vulnerable adult. These matters would be handled in the Criminal Division of the County Attorney’s Office.
Regardless of whether the petition is filed by the County Attorney’s Office, a private attorney or a pro se party, the county Social Services department becomes involved, since the court is required to appoint a court visitor, usually a county social worker, to visit the proposed ward/conservatee and file a report and recommendation with the court.
You are required to go through the county. You can start the process by calling pre-petition screening at 763-324-1420. If the person is in the hospital and the person’s doctor believes that a civil commitment is needed, hospital staff will contact pre-petition screening. A team of mental health professionals will screen the case to determine if a commitment petition is appropriate, or if there are other less-restrictive alternatives that will meet the person’s treatment needs. If the pre-petition screening team believes that a commitment petition is appropriate, they will prepare a written report and submit it to the County Attorney’s Office, along with a doctor’s statement supporting the commitment. If the County Attorney’s Office determines that legal criteria are met for filing a petition, a petition will be filed, with the pre-petition screening report and examiner’s statement attached, and the matter will be set on for hearing. The County Attorney’s Office will represent the petitioner in the civil commitment proceeding. A court-appointed attorney will represent the patient.
For a mentally ill or developmentally disabled person, it must be demonstrated by recent behavior that the person’s mental illness or developmental disability poses a substantial likelihood of physical harm to self or others. The person must have recently caused or threatened to cause physical harm to self or others, or caused significant damage to substantial property, or demonstrated failure or inability to provide necessary food, clothing, shelter or medical care. Failure to take psychiatric medication or exhibition of the symptoms of mental illness or developmental delay is not enough alone to petition for court-ordered treatment without the showing of danger to self or others.
For chemical dependency:
For a chemically dependent person, it must be demonstrated by recent behavior that the person’s habitual and excessive use of alcohol, drugs, or other mind-altering substances causes the person to be incapable of self-management or management of personal affairs, and that it poses a substantial likelihood of physical harm to self or others. The person must have recently caused or threatened to cause physical harm to self or others, or evidenced recent serious health problems related to the chemical use, or demonstrated failure to provide necessary food, clothing, shelter or medical care. A pregnant woman can be committed if during her pregnancy she has engaged in habitual or excessive use, for a non-medical purpose, of any of the following controlled substances or their derivatives: cocaine, heroin, phencyclidine, methamphetamine or amphetamine.
For a sexually dangerous person, or sexual psychopathic personality:
Pre-petition screening is not required for these petitions. The respondents in these cases are often referred to the County Attorney’s Office for possible civil commitment by the Department of Corrections. Most often, but not always, the persons have been serving a prison sentence for a sexual misconduct crime. To be committed as a sexually dangerous person or a sexual psychopathic personality, it must be proven that the person has engaged in a course of (multiple incidences of) harmful sexual conduct in the past, and that it is highly likely that without court-ordered treatment, the person will engage in harmful sexual conduct in the future. If committed, the person is committed on an indeterminate basis to a secure, locked facility that specializes in treatment of sex offenders.
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Victims do not file charges; the county attorney does. Therefore, victims do not have the right to drop charges. It is the county attorney’s responsibility to citizens of the state, with information provided by police / investigators, to charge persons who have committed crimes. If a person recants / changes their story, they must notify the police department or Investigator with this new information. Victims may also speak with the Victim Witness Specialist about their feelings and/or wishes for the outcome of the case. The specialist can be reached by calling 763-324-5540.
The county attorney can request that a No Contact Order be issued as a condition of the defendant’s release. Also, in cases of domestic abuse, you can get help in obtaining an Order for Protection through Alexandra House, 763-576-9999. Visit their website for more information. Any violations of these orders should be reported to the police and the probation office immediately.
There are a number of ways to track defendants who may be in custody. You will the need the name of the defendant. A date of birth is also helpful.
There are several resources available for financial assistance. Your victim witness specialist can help you sort out which is best for you. Emergency funds may be available on a limited basis to help with emergencies not covered by insurance or other sources. The State of Minnesota also has funds available to assist victims of crime with medical, dental, psychological, or funeral expenses related to a crime. Call the specialist at 763-324-5540 for more information.
The County Attorney can request that a no contact order be issued as a condition of the defendant’s release. Also, in cases of domestic abuse, you can get help in obtaining an Order for Protection through Alexandra House. Any violations of these orders should be reported to the police and the probation office.
There are several ways to make a child support payment:
Automatic withdrawals: Some parents may pay their support by automatic-recurring withdrawal.
Retail Locations: Parents can now pay their support with cash at certainretail locations (Casey’s General Store, CVS, Family Dollar and Seven-Eleven)using a vendor called PayNearMe. Child Support Services will have accessto PayNearMe's portal to help parents get the barcode they need to make apayment. Please contact Child Support Services or go to the PayNearMe websitefor more information http://paynearme.com/en/
Online Payments: Parents can make payments using Minnesota Child Support Online (MCSO) at www.dhs.state.mn.us
Payments are made from their checking or savings account to the Minnesota Child Support Payment Center through a secure online application.
Mail: Parents may pay their support by check, cashier's check or money order. Parents must identify their payments to ensure that they get credit for them and the payments are applied to the correct case. Parents should include their name on the payment and at least one number, such as:
•Child support case number
•Participant number (also called MCI number)
•Social Security number Do not send cash.
Do not send payments to the other parent directly.
Make checks payable to: Minnesota Child Support Payment Center
Send payments to: Minnesota Child Support Payment Center P.O. Box 64326 St. Paul, MN 55164-0326
Processing time: Payments received at the Child Support Payment Center on Friday, Saturday or Sunday are issued the following Monday. Payments received the day before state holidays are issued the next business day.
All payments are sent to a central payment center where they are processed within 24 hours resulting in payment to the applicant.
Applications for child support and spousal support (income withholding-only) services can be found at www.dhs.state.mn.us or by contacting the Anoka County Child Support Services at 763-324-2420 or in person at any county child support office.
You will be contacted by the Anoka County Employee Relations Department, via the email address provided in your application.
Yes, however, once you have created an account, applying for positions is quick and easy. You may review and update your basic application as necessary. If you apply for another position, you may customize the information. Please note, that once you Proceed to Review and Submit, no more edits are accepted for that application.
Testing and assessment varies for each position. Some positions require a written examination, an oral examination, or skills examination. Other positions may require computer skills testing.
Should you have a disability that would prevent you from testing for a position under standard conditions, please notify the Employee Relations Department at 763-324-4300 so that every reasonable accommodation can be made.
You apply for your EBT card and other economic assistance programs on the 4th floor of the Government Center in Anoka. When you have completed the application process, your initial card can be picked up on 4th floor in the Government Center. A photo ID will be required. If your card has been lost or stolen and you need a replacement, you must call 1-888-997-2227.
There are two ways you may do this.1. Email your request to: Finance@co.anoka.mn.us2. Download the Certificate of Exemption Form from our website.
Go Anoka County is an online informational resource that identifies opportunities for individuals to engage in Healthy Eating, Active Living and Tobacco Free Living. Through these resources, we seek to provide information that identifies opportunities to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
Use our interactive Go Anoka County Map and search for parks, farmers markets and other activities near you.
GoAnokaCounty.org is supported by the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) through the Minnesota Department of Health.
The Anoka County Highway Department has swing-away mailbox supports andposts available to residents who live along the county highway system. Contactthe Permit Office at 763-324-3176 for prices.
If your mailbox is damaged by a vehicle/truck, contact the Permit Office at 763-324-3176 for prices.
Anyone installing or replacing their mailbox support and/or post must call Gopher State One Call (GSOC) to request locates on all utilities placed in the County right-of-way before digging.
You may contact GSOC at www.gopherstateonecall.org and click on the Attention Homeowners box to request a locate or call 800-252-1166 or 651-454-0002.
Your library card barcode and PIN give you access to computers, online databases, and your library account information. PINs can be assigned when you register for a new card or by asking library staff. If you have an email address in your library record, you can request a new PIN by selecting "Forgot my PIN" on the My Account login screen and entering your library card number. If you do not have an email address associated with your account, you should contact your local library and speak with a staff member to set a new PIN. If you want to change your PIN, you can do so by logging in to My Account, selecting the "Personal Information" tab, and then the "Change PIN" option. If you do not remember what your PIN might be, staff will often assign you a PIN that is the last four digits of your phone number.
The Anoka County Library does not administer or proctor student tests and exams.
Yes, we process Enhanced Driver's Licenses and Identification Cards at all five offices. We start processing those applications 30 minutes after we open and stop processing them 90 minutes before close.
Our Blaine, Coon Rapids, and Ramsey License Centers are open by appointment only. Columbia Heights and Ham Lake will remain closed for the time being.
Due to COVID-19, only select license centers are open for face-to-face services. The State of Minnesota is unable to process driver’s license and ID cards at this time. Governor Walz signed a bill into law March 28 that provides an extension for Minnesotans whose driver’s licenses or ID cards expire during the peacetime emergency. The expiration dates are now extended for two months after the month the peacetime emergency ends. Once the license centers open, make sure to fill out the Online Pre-Application to speed up the process.
Many license centers across the state are processing work as long as it can be done without being face-to-face with a customer. Our Coon Rapids and Blaine License Centers will be open for appointment only. Please check the state website here for a list of license centers open with limited services.
At this time, we have six drop boxes available for the public to drop their work off for processing.
1. Coon Rapids License Center
455 99th Ave NW Ste 100Coon Rapids, MN 55433
2. Blaine License Center
10995 Club W Pkwy NE #700aBlaine, MN 55449
3. Ramsey City Hall (Drive-thru behind building on Veterans Drive)
7550 Sunwood Drive NWRamsey, MN 55303
4. Ham Lake License Center
17565 Central Ave NE Ste 330Ham Lake, MN 55304
5. Anoka County Government Center
2100 3rd AveAnoka, MN 55303
6. Blaine Human Service Center
1201 89th Ave NEBlaine, MN 55434
Please allow 1-3 business days for processing.
We are able to process title transfers through any of our drop boxes. Unfortunately, due to the varying nature of these transactions, there is no way to provide a set fee for the transfer. If you are inquiring about this, please call us at 763-324-2100 and we would be happy to give a rough estimate of the cost.
No, the Passport Center does not take credit or debit cards for payment. You MUST pay for the U.S Department of State Fees by check or money order. A separate fee to the Acceptance Facility (Anoka County) can be paid by cash or check. For more info on fees and payments of your passport application, please visit travel.state.gov.
Yes! The passport book and card are Real ID compliant. They can both be used to fly domestically and enter federal facilities. If you already have a passport book/card you are not required to obtain a Real ID compliant Driver's License/ID or Enhanced Driver's License/ID.
No, if you are eligible to "renew by mail" using form DS-82, acceptance facilities are prohibited from accepting your application in office. However, if you make an appointment for your renewal, acceptance agents can review applications for completion/accuracy, take required passport photo ($18), and advise proper mailing procedure. Please note the DS-82 does not require a visit to our office.
We strongly encourage you make an appointment when you come to apply for your Passport. We do accept walk-in applicants however we are only able to do so when an appointment is canceled or there is an open appointment slot at the time of your walk-in. Space is limited in the Passport Center and there is not always room in the building to wait for an available walk-in slot. Making an appointment is easy and takes only minutes to do. To make your appointment now, please click here.
The Department of State does not currently have an option for an online application process. To determine whether you will be applying in office at an acceptance facility using a DS-11 or renewing by mail using a DS-82 at travel.state.gov.
Passport Services requires that you list your Social Security Number on your Passport application. The physical Social Security Card is not required but may serve as secondary identification if you are unable to provide primary identification. Please see Passport Services secondary ID page for more information.
No, Enhanced Driver's Licenses and Enhanced Identification Cards are state issued by Driver and Vehicle Services. For Information on how to obtain an EDL or EID please visit DVS's
You will need to bring with one of the following forms of primary identification in addition to your proof of U.S. Citizenship: Valid Minnesota Driver's License/Clipped Minnesota Driver's License with renewal papersNaturalization CertificateCurrent Government ID (city, state or federal)Minnesota State ID, Learners Permit, and out of state ID may be acceptable if accompanied by secondary identification.For more information on Primary or Secondary Identification, please visit travel.state.gov.
Routine processing time is up to 18 weeks. Expedited processing time is up to 12 weeks, and is an additional $60 per applicant. *Passport Services reserves the right to change processing times without notice.* For the most up to date processing times or to track your passport, please visit travel.state.gov.
No, Passport Services requires all documents that accompany your application be originals or certified. We must send your Birth Certificate with your application and Passport Services will return it to you VIA mail. If you need a certified copy of your Birth Certificate (born in MN) please visit Anoka County If you were born out of state please visit VitalChek.
Acceptable citizenship can be one of the following; Certified U.S. Birth Certificate (issued by your City, County or State of birth), Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, or previous U.S Passport. Please visit Travel.State.Gov for more information.
Yes, if you need your passport in 12 weeks you can pay the expedited processing fee of $60. If you have immediate travel plans or an emergency please visit travel.state.gov for information on receiving a passport in 14 days or less.
A Passport Book is valid for all international travel (by air, sea or land). A Passport Card is valid when entering the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry. The Passport Card is NOT valid for international travel by air. For more differences, visit travel.state.gov
Yes, when applying for children ages 15 and younger, both parents must be present at the time of appointment. Children ages 16 and 17 must be accompanied by only one parent. If one parent is unable to appear while the Passport Application is being accepted, please review travel.state.gov (Section 7).
Park rules and ordinances are available for review at this link: Park Ordinances
The property must be zoned long-term agricultural by the local community, with a maximum residential density of one house per forty acres. The parcel must (normally) be forty acres in size, however, smaller tracts may qualify in certain instances. The owner(s) apply for Agricultural Preserve with the Local City / Township. The owner signs an eight-year perpetual covenant / agreement to leave the property in agricultural use, and farm using acceptable practices as approved by the County Agricultural Service. The Agricultural Preserve application must be filed with the County Recorder. Contact Anoka County Assessment Services at 763-324-1175 for more information.
Applications are available in your county assessor’s office or can be downloaded from this website.
Disabled Veteran Exclusion application
Applications must be made by December 15 to qualify for the exclusion on the current year’s market value for taxes payable next year.
Veterans with a disability rating of 70% or higher will need to reapply annually.
Veterans who are totally and permanently disabled do not need to reapply after the initial approval. The property will continue to qualify for the value exclusion until there is a change in ownership or use of the property.
A surviving spouse may continue the exclusion under this provision after the veteran's death until such time as you remarry, sell, transfer, or otherwise dispose of the your property (whichever occurs first). Your property must have previously received the disabled veteran market value exclusion under the veteran’s qualifications. You must reapply annually by December 15 to continue to receive this exclusion.
This is only a summary of the Valuation Exclusion on Homestead Property for Disabled Veterans program. For more information, or for answers to specific questions, contact the County Assessor’s office at 763-324-1175.
Minnesota Statute 273.1233 (view the statute on the State of Minnesota Web site) provides that an owner of a homestead or non-homestead property that has been accidentally or unintentionally damaged may apply for a reduction in the amount of taxes payable on the property in the year the destruction occurs and in the following year, if the property does not qualify for a disaster credit.
The owner of a homestead or non-homestead property may qualify for a local option abatement if: the property does not qualify for a disaster credit; and 50% or more of the homestead dwelling or other structure, as established by the County Assessor, is unintentionally or accidentally destroyed, or destroyed by arson or vandalism by someone other than the owner, and the homestead is uninhabitable or the structure is not usable; the owner makes written application to the County Assessor as soon as is practical after the damage has occurred; and the owner of the property makes written application to the County Board.
Please contact the Anoka County Assessment Services for additional information at 763-324-1175.
Organizations seeking exemption must file an exempt application - Commissioner of Revenue form PE75 – for each parcel that may qualify. In order to receive exempt status, there must be a concurrence of ownership and use. The parcel must be used solely for the specified purpose for which the institution received its charter. This means that if the land, its improvements, or any part thereof is not used in accordance with specified purposes, the exemption is to be reviewed, and the ineligible parcel or portion thereof, is to be assessed.
In accordance with Minnesota Statute 272.025, Subd 2, "Upon written request of the assessor, the taxpayer filing a statement of exemption shall make available to the assessor all books and records relating to the ownership or use of the property which are reasonably necessary to verify that the property qualifies for exemption."
To request an exempt status application form, please call 763-324-1175.
Once the application is completed, please mail it to:
Anoka County AssessorOffice
2100 3rd Avenue
Anoka, MN 55303
Please make sure a daytime phone number is included in case there are questions on your application. Also, you may be required to supply supporting documentation to assist in determining exempt status.
"Green Acres" is a tax and special assessment deferral program for certain agricultural property, according to Minnesota Statute 273.111.
The difference between the tax calculated on agricultural market value and the actual market value is deferred until the property is sold or no longer qualifies for the program.
When the property is sold, or no longer qualifies, the deferred tax may be due for three years, on the part sold or no longer qualifying.
Contact the Assessors office at 763-324-1175.
If the assessor is not notified within 30 days that the property has been sold or is no longer being used as a primary place of residence, the homestead will be removed and penalties will be imposed.Falsifying a homestead is punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year or payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both.
Certain trusts can qualify for homestead. A Certificate of Trust must be completed and approved by the County Assessor, or the Trust must be provided for the Assessor ‘s review. Call Anoka County Assessment Services for further information at 763-324-1175.
For questions regarding any of the above concerns, contact Anoka County Assessment Services by telephone at 763-324-1175.
E-checks will be assessed a $1 service fee. The credit / debit card service fee will vary, depending upon the type of card used. The fees will be shown before you submit your payment and there will be an option to cancel the payment at that time. We also accept Venmo and PayPal. There is also a fee assessed for these options.
The fee that is paid is divided between the credit card company and the third party – Paymentus in this instance - the county receives only the property tax payment. The $1 fee for e-check is also kept by the service providers. We receive none of the convenience fee.
MasterCard, Visa and Discover are accepted for online payments.
The Minnesota Open Space Property Tax Law provides for deferment of a portion of the estimated market value and taxes payable on certain private outdoor, recreational, open space, and park lands.
According to Minnesota Statute 273.112, real estate property is entitled to the valuation and tax deferment under the "Open Space" law only if it is actively devoted to golf, skiing, lawn bowling, croquet, auto racing, archery, or firearm range recreational use or other recreational uses carried on at the establishment. (view the statute on the State of Minnesota Web site)
Contact Anoka County Assessment Services at 763-324-1175 for additional information and an application.
The State of Minnesota requires assessors tophysically inspect all parcels once every five years (quintile) or 20% of eachcity or township. As a result of these requirements, Anoka County hascreated maps depicting which areas staff will be working over the next 5years. If property owners have specific questions regarding what aninspection entails, or would like to schedule an inspection, we encourage them tocontact our office.
Quintile map for Andover
Quintile map for Blaine
Quintile map for Circle Pines
Quintile map for Columbia Heights
Quintile map for Lexington
Quintile map for Lino Lakes
Quintile map for Linwood
Quintile map for Oak Grove
Quintile map for Ramsey
Property owners wishing to verify the person at theirdoor is in fact an appraiser, are encouraged to call 763-323-5400.
Property information is available online.
We are currently working on making recorded plats accessible online to the public. Until this project is completed, you can obtain copies of recorded plats by contacting the Surveyors Office at 763-324-3200.
Online statements can be found on the first page of your property information overview. You will need to click on the link on the right side of the page under Reports. It is titled Tax Statement. After selecting Tax Statement, select Go and it will generate a current year report. This is a dynamic report that will show current taxes owing at the point that you generate the report.
If you have questions, you can call 763-323-5400 for assistance.
How your property is classified and/or the tax amount, will determine when your taxes are due.
You may pay in person at the Public Service Counter in the Government Center in downtown Anoka located at 2100 3rd Ave. License centers no longer accept property tax payments. (Note: The Deputy Registrar’s office in Circle Pines does not accept property tax payments.)
The taxes for Personal Property located on leased government-owned land may be paid in two installments which are due at the same time as real estate property taxes, and which are subject to the same penalty schedule and penalty rates as real estate property taxes. All other Personal Property taxes are due in full on or before May 15, 20XX.
If an installment due date falls on a weekend, it is due the next business day. View the penalty table.
The "Truth in Taxation Notice" (TNT) also known as the "Notice of Proposed Taxes" is mailed in mid-November each year. The notice estimates the property tax you will pay in the following year if the taxing jurisdictions approve the budget amounts they are considering. Property owners are invited to attend meetings held by the local units of government to express their opinions on local budgets.This is not the meeting to discuss your taxable market value.
All properties for sale are published in the legal newspaper of Anoka County
Please contact our Property Support Specialist at 763-324-1109 or 763-324-1125 with any questions or concerns.
The regular property tax refund program provides a refund to property owners who meet certain guidelines.
The special property tax refund program offers relief to property owners, regardless of income, whose taxes go up more than 12 percent and at least $100 from the prior year to current year. The state will refund 60 percent of any amounts paid beyond those limits, up to a maximum of $1,000.
For more information on property tax refunds, rebates, and credits, contact the Minnesota Department of Revenue at 651-296-3781, TTY users call 711 for Minnesota Relay, or go to the Department of Revenue website.
Yes. For property taxes, the State of Minnesota administers the Senior Citizens Property Tax Deferral program. To be eligible, one spouse must be 65 years old and the other spouse must be at least 62 years old, with a household income of $60,000 or less, and have lived in your home for at least 15 years. If you qualify, your taxes cannot exceed 3% of your net income. The State of Minnesota will pay any remaining tax as a low interest loan. The unpaid tax along with accumulated interest will become a lien on the property. This lien must be satisfied upon sale of the property. Participants who apply for property tax refunds or rebates will not receive the refunds or rebates as cash payments. Instead, the refunds or rebates will be applied to the deferred property tax total. To receive a fact sheet and application, please call the Department of Revenue at 651-556-6091 or go to the Department of Revenue website.
For special assessments, any taxing authority making a special assessment may defer the payment if it is determined that the payment would pose a hardship. This deferral of payment or special assessments ends when any of the following is true: a) the death of the owner, unless the spouse is still eligible, b) the sale, transfer or subdivision of the property or any part thereof, c) if the property no longer qualifies for homestead status, or d) the taxing authority determines that a hardship no longer exists. At the end of the deferment, all special assessment amounts plus interest and penalties, if any, shall become due.
This form must be submitted to the taxing authority assessing the specials prior to the approval of the assessment by the taxing authority. If a deferment is granted, the County Auditor must record the application for deferment showing the amount deferred and the amount of interest, if any, that will be due at the end of the deferment.
The Assessor also determines the classification or use of each parcel. For instance, property may be residential homestead (owner-occupied), residential non-homestead, agricultural, or commercial. Each classification is taxed at a different percentage of market value. These percentages are set by the State Legislature.
In other words, Market Value equals the price that would prevail under competitive, open market conditions.
Minnesota Statute 273.08 requires that the Assessor is responsible to review every parcel under his/her jurisdiction at least once every five years to make sure that the information used to establish market values is accurate and up to date. The appraisal interval may be shorter due to review appraisals requested by the homeowner, ongoing new construction, or if the appraiser feels there may be an error in the property information for a particular property. All new construction, alterations or improvements will be viewed in the current year.
The appraiser gathers information on all characteristics of the property that affect market value, such as size, age, quality, basement finish and extra features, such as fireplaces, extra baths, walkouts, etc.
The property characteristics are entered into a computerized system. The computer aids the Assessor in estimating the property value. Information from actual sales is used to update your market value. The market value estimated by the Assessor should be at, or very close to, the amount the property would sell for if placed on the open market. The State Board of Equalization requires the overall level of assessment to be between 90% and 105% of market value.
Each year the Assessor analyzes actual sales of property in each community. Preceding the January 2nd assessment date, sales in a 12 month time period (October 1st to September 30th) are reviewed to determine what properties have sold for on the open market. These sales are used as a guide to help determine “what similar properties would likely sell for” if they were placed on the market.
NotificationA Value Notice is mailed around mid-March each year to each property owner. The assessment on January 2 forms the basis for the following year's tax. That is, the value and classification on January 2, of the current year is used to calculate the next year’s taxes.
How to Appeal Your Value and Classification
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If you believe you are eligible for VA disability compensation and wish to apply, visit the Anoka County Veteran Services Office for assistance.
If you believe you are eligible for these benefits and wish to apply, visit the Anoka County Veteran Services Office for assistance.
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Veterans requiring nursing home care for a service-connected condition or a veteran rated 70% or more have mandatory eligibility for admission to Extended Care Services; and, those veterans are eligible to have indefinite care provided to them in the VA or in a VA contracted nursing home.
Visit the Anoka County Veteran Services Office for assistance.
If you are enrolled in VA health care, you have coverage under the standards of the health care law.
If you are not enrolled in VA health care, you can apply at any time to have coverage under the standards of the health care law. The health care law does not change VA benefits or out-of-pocket costs.
For assistance in applying for VA health care visit the Anoka County Veteran Services Office.