Pope County Assessor
Upcoming Solid Waste Fee Rate Increase
The Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management Board and each County board recently adopted an amendment to increase the Solid Waste Service Fee from $100 to $130, for the 2024 assessment year. The increase is needed because of the hyperinflation encountered over the last few years. In addition, the number of residents using the services and level of services has greatly increased. The Pope/Douglas recycling and hazardous waste facility is the busiest facility by population in the entire State.
The State of Minnesota sets solid waste and recycling mandates and gives the Counties the responsibility to meet those mandates. Landfill closures and shipping distances have increased the costs of managing solid waste. The Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management Board adopted a progressive stand toward solving solid waste problems.
As with other capital projects, such as streets and highways, it is entirely possible that some property owners or residents will find the solid waste system more useful than others. Regardless of how the solid waste managment system is used, it is necessary that all property owners and residents realize that it is available to them and the initiative to use it is the reponsibility of the individual.
For further explanation or questions on the solid waste fee, please view the Solid Waste Service Fee Explanation 2024, the Pope County Resolution 202323 or contact Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management at 320-763-9340.
Applying for homestead online
You can now safely and securely apply for homestead online. Go to the Online Homestead Application to get started. After you have applied, you will receive a confirmation on the screen that the application has been successfully submitted to the Pope County Assessor. The Pope County Assessor’s office will review your application and will only contact you if we have any questions or need further information.
Your personal information is safe. Your application will be encrypted through security encryption. Your social security number is considered private data and will remain confidential. It will only be shared among government officials for tax collection and administrative purposes.
Special Homestead Applications
A special homestead classification is available for persons who are blind or permanently or totally disabled. To apply for this classification, complete the online Blind and Disabled Homestead Application or the PDF version and retrun to the Pope County Assessor’s Office.
Online Homestead Application
PDF Homestead Application
Search field cards and property tax
The Assessor oversees the valuation and classification of all real property in Pope County. The Assessor also appraises and classifies certain personal property for ad valorem property tax.
Specific duties include:
- Locates the property within the County and determines which properties are subject to taxation.
- Determines the use of each property and assigns a classification based on that use.
- Determines which properties qualify for homestead classifications.
- Determines present estimated market value of each property and calculates the tax capacity based on its classification.
- Notifies the taxpayer annually of the classification and market value of their property.
Assessor Information & Resources
- Assessor FAQ
- Assessor Forms & Fact Sheets
- Special Agriculture Homestead Flow Charts
- Valuation & Property Tax Video Resources
- Application How To Videos
- Board of Appeal and Equalization Training
- 2024 Classification Rates
- 2023 Local Tax Rates
- Township Officials
- 2024 Pope County Abatement Policy
If you need help filling out your standard or relative homestead application CR-H, please watch our how to video below.
Do you have questions about what the Assessor’s office does and how we set property values? Please see this helpful informational video, provided by the Clay County Assessors Office.
Mike Wacker, Pope County Assessor