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"Request to Waive Property Tax Penalty Due to Late Payments"
The Sibley County Board of Commissioners has approved a property tax hardship penalty waiver process due to COVID-19. With historic unemployment and numerous businesses ordered to close or modify operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sibley County leaders agreed that there was a need to provide some form of relief to individual taxpayers experiencing layoffs and small businesses that were ordered to close.
The goal is to help property owners where:
- the household primary wage earner has been laid off from work, or
business owners were ordered to close or drastically alter their business by Governor Walz
These qualifying residents and business owners may have the penalties associated with late payments waived until July 1st, 2020, for property taxes due on May 15th. The waiver does not change the amount of property tax that is due; your property tax statements still reflect the accurate amount of tax that you need to pay, but it can waive the penalty that will accrue.
All property owners interested in this penalty waiver must complete an application and submit it, along with supporting documentation, to the Sibley County Auditor-Treasurer to be considered. If you feel you meet the above criteria, and are not able to pay your property taxes that are due May 15th, please access the application HERE.
Applications will be reviewed to see if the application meets the standard requirements. If requirements are met, owners/residents will be notified that their application has been approved. If an application is denied, a denial letter will be emailed to the property owner(s).
Marilee Peterson, Auditor-Treasurer
Marilee was sworn in as the Sibley County Auditor on January 5th, 2015. She was re-elected on November 6th, 2018 and will serve as the County's first Auditor-Treasurer.
As an elected official, the Auditor is designated by the Secretary of State as the custodian of official voter registration records for all of the County's 24 voter precincts. As part of the administrative branch of the County, the Auditor-Treasurer Office interacts with multiple County departments, County residents, School Districts, and several branches of Local, State and Federal Government, is the County's Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for accounting functions, the creation of financial statements and reports, mailing and the collection of over 12,000 tax statements annually, investment of all county surplus funds, designation of depositories, serves as the custodian of all county funds and cash assets, and handles all funds received and/or disbursed by the county. Other functions of the County Auditor-Treasurer Office include acting as the liaison between Benefited Property owners on official County drainage ditches and the Ditch Authority, mailing of Truth-in-Taxation notices, sale of county maps and plat books, tax information and searches, escrow of tax payments and reconciling of all bank accounts.
For more information on any of the duties performed by the Auditor-Treasurer Office, please click on any of the Essential Functions links listed below or on the tabs to the left of this screen.
If you would like to contact Marilee, please email her at: MarileeP@co.sibley.mn.us
Essential functions include:
Auditor-Treasurer Office Staff:
Tara Ernst - Assistant Treasurer
Kelly Nelson - Finance & Accounting Manager
Jennie Radloff - Elections Supervisor / Office Manager
Aaron Goemann - County Ditch Inspector
Greg DeVries - Ag & Ditch Technician
Joe Sternberg - Engineering Tech 1-Ditches