Tax-forfeited properties are those for which delinquent property taxes were not paid, and title to the land and buildings was forfeited to the State of Minnesota. Following a review period these properties are made available to the public for purchase; however certain properties are not salable and remain vested to the State of Minnesota.
Mille Lacs County administers tax-forfeited properties through the Auditor-Treasurer’s Office, County Board of Commissioners, and Environmental Resources:
- Auditor-Treasurer’s Office: The Auditor-Treasurer’s Office is responsible for conducting the forfeiture process and managing related fiscal matters as outlined in Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 279 - 281.
- County Board of Commissioners: The County Board of Commissioners is responsible for setting values, designating properties for conservation purposes, and other policy decisions related to tax-forfeited properties.
- Environmental Resources: Environmental Resources is responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of tax-forfeited properties, including tax-forfeited property sales, as outlined in Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 282.
Tax-Forfeited Property Sales
Tax-forfeited properties are sold at public auction periodically as salable parcels become available. If a property does not sell at auction it may be available over-the-counter on a first come, first served bases. There are currently no tax-forfeited properties available for sale.
Classification of Tax-Forfeited Property
The County Board of Commissioners must classify parcels of tax-forfeited land as "conservation" or "nonconservation" before they may be sold. The Board of Commissioners will conduct a rescheduled public hearing regarding the classification of tax-forfeited lands. This hearing will take place as part of the regular County Board meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 9:00 A.M. All interested persons may appear and be heard at the public hearing, either orally or in writing; or may file their written comments with the Environmental Resources Office at 635 2nd Street SE, Milaca, MN prior to the hearing; in the event that the Historic Courthouse remains closed to the public, a telephone line will be established in order for the public to provide comments. Please check the Mille Lacs County website or call 320-983-8232 for information on providing public comments telephonically. Anyone needing reasonable accommodations or an interpreter should contact the Administrative Services Office at (320) 983-8218.