Dakota County's alternative service methods for Property Tax Petitions
The procedures below will apply until further notice.
Minnesota Statute 278.01 requires service of one copy of a property tax petition upon the County Auditor/Treasurer, one copy on the County Attorney, and three copies on the County Assessor. For all counties, each petitioner must file a copy of the petition with proof of service, in the office of the court administrator of the district court on or before April 30 of the year in which the tax becomes payable.
Acceptable Alternative Service of Tax Petitions on Dakota County Entities:
Dakota County will accept email filings of property tax petitions. The county has set up a special email link for service of tax petitions, which is provided below. A scanned copy of a complete tax petition (including the front, back and any additional pages) received by the county at this designated email address will satisfy the service requirement on these county departments: (1) County Auditor/Treasurer (via Property Tax division); (2) County Assessor's Office; and (3) County Attorney's Office.
1. Email service of tax petitions on Dakota County entities may be accomplished by emailing the petition to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Other methods of service. Other than the email service described above, property tax petitions may only be served pursuant to the procedures identified in Minnesota Statute 278.01.
Acknowledgement of service
Upon receipt of a property tax petition by the email service described above, the county will issue the petitioner an acknowledgment of service by email. This shows the required county departments have been served. This acknowledgment must be filed in district court with the property tax petition.
Petitioners are advised to serve property tax petitions in advance of the April 30 filing deadline each year to allow time for return of the acknowledgment of service.