Property Tax & Elections

Department Overview

The Property Tax & Elections Department is responsible for administering and ensuring compliance with applicable statutes in the areas of property taxes, elections, and various licenses.

Property Taxes
Calculates rates and extends property taxes
Prepares and distributes Property Tax and Mobile Home Tax Statements & Truth in Taxation Notices
Collects and distributes property taxes and special assessments
Places delinquent property tax parcels into judgment, administers forfeiture proceedings and sales
Collects delinquent mobile home and personal property taxes using revenue recapture, bank levies and other allowed methods

Administers elections in Rice County for federal, state and local elections.
Maintains and updates voter registration information in the Statewide Voter Registration System
Administers the absentee voting process for voters in Rice County
Canvasses election results
Performs accuracy testing of all election equipment for the County

Issues county liquor licenses through the Minnesota Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division.
Issues and/or processes other licenses including:
  • Cigarette & Tobacco Licenses
  • Auctioneer Licenses
  • Transient Merchant Licenses
  • Fireworks Display Licenses
  • Large Gathering Permits
  • Charitable Gambling Licenses
  • Precious Metal Licenses