as introduced - 82nd Legislature (2001 - 2002) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to taxation; property; allowing certain 1.3 agricultural parcels to qualify for homestead 1.4 classification; amending Minnesota Statutes 2000, 1.5 section 273.124, subdivision 14. 1.6 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.7 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 273.124, 1.8 subdivision 14, is amended to read: 1.9 Subd. 14. [AGRICULTURAL HOMESTEADS; SPECIAL PROVISIONS.] 1.10 (a) Real estate of less than ten acres that is the homestead of 1.11 its owner must be classified as class 2a under section 273.13, 1.12 subdivision 23, paragraph (a), if: 1.13 (1) the parcel on which the house is located is contiguous 1.14 on at least two sides to (i) agricultural land, (ii) land owned 1.15 or administered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 1.16 or (iii) land administered by the department of natural 1.17 resources on which in lieu taxes are paid under sections 477A.11 1.18 to 477A.14; 1.19 (2) its owner also owns a noncontiguous parcel of 1.20 agricultural land that is at least 20 acres; 1.21 (3) the noncontiguous land is located not farther than four 1.22 townships or cities, or a combination of townships or cities 1.23 from the homestead; and 1.24 (4) the agricultural use value of the noncontiguous land 1.25 and farm buildings is equal to at least 50 percent of the market 2.1 value of the house, garage, and one acre of land. 2.2 Homesteads initially classified as class 2a under the 2.3 provisions of this paragraph shall remain classified as class 2.4 2a, irrespective of subsequent changes in the use of adjoining 2.5 properties, as long as the homestead remains under the same 2.6 ownership, the owner owns a noncontiguous parcel of agricultural 2.7 land that is at least 20 acres, and the agricultural use value 2.8 qualifies under clause (4). Homestead classification under this 2.9 paragraph is limited to property that qualified under this 2.10 paragraph for the 1998 assessment. 2.11 (b)(i) Agricultural property consisting of at least 40 2.12 acres, or property of less than 40 acres qualifying under 2.13 paragraph (h), shall be classified as the owner's homestead, to 2.14 the same extent as other agricultural homestead property, if all 2.15 of the following criteria are met: 2.16 (1) the owner, or the owner's son or daughter, is actively 2.17 farming the agricultural property; 2.18 (2) the owner of the agricultural property is a Minnesota 2.19 resident, and if the owner's son or daughter is actively farming 2.20 the agricultural property under clause (1), that person must 2.21 also be a Minnesota resident; 2.22 (3) neither the owner nor the spouse of the owner claims 2.23 another agricultural homestead in Minnesota; and 2.24 (4) the owner does not live farther than four townships or 2.25 cities, or a combination of four townships or cities, from the 2.26 agricultural property, and if the owner's son or daughter is 2.27 actively farming the agricultural property under clause (1), 2.28 that person must also live within the four townships or cities, 2.29 or combination of four townships or cities from the agricultural 2.30 property. 2.31 The relationship under this paragraph may be either by 2.32 blood or marriage. 2.33 (ii) Property containing the residence of an owner who owns 2.34 qualified property under clause (i) shall be classified as part 2.35 of the owner's agricultural homestead, if that property is also 2.36 used for noncommercial storage or drying of agricultural crops. 3.1 (c) Except as provided in paragraph (e), noncontiguous land 3.2 shall be included as part of a homestead under section 273.13, 3.3 subdivision 23, paragraph (a), only if the homestead is 3.4 classified as class 2a and the detached land is located in the 3.5 same township or city, or not farther than four townships or 3.6 cities or combination thereof from the homestead. Any taxpayer 3.7 of these noncontiguous lands must notify the county assessor 3.8 that the noncontiguous land is part of the taxpayer's homestead, 3.9 and, if the homestead is located in another county, the taxpayer 3.10 must also notify the assessor of the other county. 3.11 (d) Agricultural land used for purposes of a homestead and 3.12 actively farmed by a person holding a vested remainder interest 3.13 in it must be classified as a homestead under section 273.13, 3.14 subdivision 23, paragraph (a). If agricultural land is 3.15 classified class 2a, any other dwellings on the land used for 3.16 purposes of a homestead by persons holding vested remainder 3.17 interests who are actively engaged in farming the property, and 3.18 up to one acre of the land surrounding each homestead and 3.19 reasonably necessary for the use of the dwelling as a home, must 3.20 also be assessed class 2a. 3.21 (e) Agricultural land and buildings that were class 2a 3.22 homestead property under section 273.13, subdivision 23, 3.23 paragraph (a), for the 1997 assessment shall remain classified 3.24 as agricultural homesteads for subsequent assessments if: 3.25 (1) the property owner abandoned the homestead dwelling 3.26 located on the agricultural homestead as a result of the April 3.27 1997 floods; 3.28 (2) the property is located in the county of Polk, Clay, 3.29 Kittson, Marshall, Norman, or Wilkin; 3.30 (3) the agricultural land and buildings remain under the 3.31 same ownership for the current assessment year as existed for 3.32 the 1997 assessment year and continue to be used for 3.33 agricultural purposes; 3.34 (4) the dwelling occupied by the owner is located in 3.35 Minnesota and is within 30 miles of one of the parcels of 3.36 agricultural land that is owned by the taxpayer; and 4.1 (5) the owner notifies the county assessor that the 4.2 relocation was due to the 1997 floods, and the owner furnishes 4.3 the assessor any information deemed necessary by the assessor in 4.4 verifying the change in dwelling. Further notifications to the 4.5 assessor are not required if the property continues to meet all 4.6 the requirements in this paragraph and any dwellings on the 4.7 agricultural land remain uninhabited. 4.8 (f) Agricultural land and buildings that were class 2a 4.9 homestead property under section 273.13, subdivision 23, 4.10 paragraph (a), for the 1998 assessment shall remain classified 4.11 agricultural homesteads for subsequent assessments if: 4.12 (1) the property owner abandoned the homestead dwelling 4.13 located on the agricultural homestead as a result of damage 4.14 caused by a March 29, 1998, tornado; 4.15 (2) the property is located in the county of Blue Earth, 4.16 Brown, Cottonwood, LeSueur, Nicollet, Nobles, or Rice; 4.17 (3) the agricultural land and buildings remain under the 4.18 same ownership for the current assessment year as existed for 4.19 the 1998 assessment year; 4.20 (4) the dwelling occupied by the owner is located in this 4.21 state and is within 50 miles of one of the parcels of 4.22 agricultural land that is owned by the taxpayer; and 4.23 (5) the owner notifies the county assessor that the 4.24 relocation was due to a March 29, 1998, tornado, and the owner 4.25 furnishes the assessor any information deemed necessary by the 4.26 assessor in verifying the change in homestead dwelling. For 4.27 taxes payable in 1999, the owner must notify the assessor by 4.28 December 1, 1998. Further notifications to the assessor are not 4.29 required if the property continues to meet all the requirements 4.30 in this paragraph and any dwellings on the agricultural land 4.31 remain uninhabited. 4.32 (g) Agricultural property consisting of at least 40 acres 4.33 or property of less than 40 acres qualifying under paragraph (h) 4.34 of a family farm corporation, joint farm venture, limited 4.35 liability company, or partnership as described under subdivision 4.36 8 shall be classified homestead, to the same extent as other 5.1 agricultural homestead property, if all of the following 5.2 criteria are met: 5.3 (1) the shareholder, member, or partner is actively farming 5.4 the agricultural property; 5.5 (2) the shareholder, member, or partner
ofactively farming 5.6 the agricultural property is a Minnesota resident; 5.7 (3) neither the shareholder, member, or partner, nor the 5.8 spouse of the shareholder, member, or partner claims another 5.9 agricultural homestead in Minnesota; and 5.10 (4) the shareholder, member, or partner does not live 5.11 farther than four townships or cities, or a combination of four 5.12 townships or cities, from the agricultural property. 5.13 (h) A parcel of agricultural property that is less than 40 5.14 acres may qualify for homestead classification under this 5.15 paragraph if: 5.16 (i) it is at least 10 acres; and 5.17 (ii) when combined with the other agricultural parcels 5.18 actively farmed and owned as part of the total farming operation 5.19 qualifying for homestead treatment under this subdivision, it 5.20 yields a total agricultural acreage of at least 120 acres. 5.21 [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective for assessment 5.22 year 2001, taxes payable in 2002, and thereafter.